Working abroad can be many things: fun, exhilarating, challenging, new, different, scary and exciting. You could be working on the other side of the world for half a year, or spending a couple of weeks picking fruit in Europe. You can organize everything beforehand and start working straight away, or fly out tomorrow and start job hunting when you arrive. Perhaps you want to stay with a local family, use accommodation provided by your employer, share a flat with others or just kip on the beach? Whether you volunteer in an African animal sanctuary or work as a Rep in the Mediterranean – the choice is yours! All you can say for certain is that working abroad will change you and your outlook for good!
The Big Work Abroad Recruiters
There are many different overseas recruiting companies, including British and foreign businesses. The big British ones include TUI, an international umbrella company that has thousands of people working in different resorts all year round, and Mark Warner, one of the mighty ski companies which has also branched out into summer holidays. Greek recruiter InGlobe places hundreds of applicants into jobs in the Greek islands every summer, and there are dozens of other companies that recruit for the summer and winter seasons. Many of these big recruiters will offer you accommodation and half board together with flights to and from your resort. They will often provide excellent training and progression and more importantly – a safe and secure environment that’s been tried and tested by many before you!
Going Abroad Alone
Taking off into the blue yonder is a romantic notion, but is it that practical? Combining working abroad with traveling is a great way to see the world, and it would be a shame to spoil your trip through bad planning. Be prepared for a few knockdowns if you don’t organize work before you leave. Traveling alone opens a lot of doors and gives you more flexibility, but it’s important to consider safety. Female travelers need to be especially cautious, and don’t be too trusting of new people until you have got used to the country, it’s culture and the attitude or beliefs of the local people.