Working abroad can be a rewarding experience that will serve you well in any career. It is an excellent alternative to formal full-time study abroad for those seeking practical experience outside of the classroom.
Job Availability and Work Permits
Getting a job abroad may be difficult because government regulations typically favor hiring locals before considering foreign nationals, particularly when unemployment is high.
The search for a job abroad is further complicated by the need for a work permit, a government's permission for a specific job during a fixed period of time. You or the prospective employer must petition a government for such working papers.
IU's Career Development Center has excellent Web and library resources.
Other opportunities include the following:
- Internships. Opportunities include credit-bearing academic programs and non-credit placements.
- Work Exchange Programs. Services that provide work permits.
- Teaching English. Many students teach English abroad either in language institutes, businesses or on a private tutorial basis.
- Other Opportunities. Some suggestions for other types of work.
- International Careers. If you want to think long-term, check out these Web sites.
- Work and Travel Web Sites. Sites with articles and resource materials.
Study abroad is like spring training for this century. It helps you develop the fundamentals, the teamwork, and the determination to succeed."-Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State