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How do I secure great career opportunities overseas once I graduate #EOY22?

How do I secure great career opportunities overseas once I graduate? #EOY22

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Zachary’s Answer

I've had the opportunity to live and work all over the world. It can be very challenging to get your foot in the door, but well worth the effort if you are interested in living within a different culture! While your specific experience, education, or situation will likely determine what routes are available to you, thee general ideas might offer some guidance in addition to what the other respondents have shared.

- Fulbright. Depending on your course of study and intentions for working abroad, Fulbright programs can be a fulfilling and prestigious option for gaining international experience.

- English teaching. In the same vein as Fulbright, English teaching is a great way to open doors to overseas living. The requirements to teach can vary significantly from nearly any undergraduate degree from a US school to expecting a Masters (or higher) degree in English / Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

- Peace Corps. The Peace Corps can have a twofold benefit. One is placement in an international location to work and share cultures. The other is that some educational institutions and employers look very favorably on that experience in recruitment.

- Federal jobs. A number of US government agencies have overseas locations and work opportunities. The hiring process can be slow and tedious, but lead to a comfortable and lasting work arrangement abroad.
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Tracie’s Answer

After college, I traveled and lived in the UK. I got my work visa through an organization called BUNAC (https://bunac.org/), and they are still around. I would check them out as a good next step. Highly recommend taking risks and exploring living in new places- it changed the trajectory of my life. :-)
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Marika’s Answer

You can look for internship opportunities in other countries or study abroad to help you get oriented with the country of interest that you are wanting to explore further. Chat with your guidance counselor at your school for study abroad opportunities.
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Crystal’s Answer

If you decide to pursue further education, you can apply to schools abroad; they will usually offer a student work visa for you after you graduate.

Some colleges and governments also offer study abroad or foreign exchange programs.
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David’s Answer

Some companies have rotation or secondment programs where you get to work in another country for a period of time. At my firm, I have met colleagues that have worked overseas and stayed there, as well as folks moving to the US. Ask about these opportunities during interviews or when you are searching for a job.
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