Time for a Change?

Living abroad is a natural response for those who are frustrated with life at home. Brexit, violence in America, and political frustrations in many countries are impetus enough for some to consider a major life change. And this is good news for many: moving life to a new country isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

For those with specific skills, there’s a world of opportunity available. Countless countries are looking for qualified medics, engineers, and those with technical skills. Many of these jobs include well-paid, often tax-free salaries and benefits such as housing or annual flights home.

Opportunities also abound for teachers. The international school market is always seeking qualified, experienced applicants. Those with TEFL experience will find a robust market, especially in Asia where learning English is critical for children and adults alike as they move further into the global marketplace.

But what if you don’t have any of the above? Don’t sell yourself short. The skills you use in your job every day could be in high demand.

During your next work day, pause every hour or so and consider what you’re doing. Perhaps you are a spreadsheet wizard, or highly organised, or able to multitask and manage multiple projects at once. Transferable skills are critical when shifting careers, and chances are, someone somewhere is looking for someone with your skills to enhance their business. Combine that with native English skills and you could be someone’s dream applicant.

Begin your search by trolling the job boards. Companies such as Prime Recruitment add jobs to their lists every day, and signing up to their e-mail lists or bookmarking and checking in to their websites every few days is a good way to have an idea of what’s out there. Make sure your LinkedIn page is up to date and includes any transferable skills.

Think about who you know already. Spend some time on LinkedIn or Facebook reacquainting yourself with people you know who are living abroad. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them.

Finally, be ambitious but realistic. Living in a foreign country isn’t the same as being on holiday, and can be as frustrating as it is exhilarating. Think about your lifestyle and your goals. If everything matches up, you’re halfway there…good luck!