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What steps should I take if I want to work outside of the US with an engineering degree?

I want to travel the world and still work when I get out of college #abroad

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Shulin’s Answer


It's a very good idea to know what you need to do to achieve your goal. First, I will suggest you learn a second or third language, depends on where the place you want to go for the best. Make connections, know more people who did the same or the similar things that you would like to do. Learn from their experience, ask for advice?. Attending Job fairs, talk to recruiters. For example, if you want to go to Japan, there is a Boston job fair held every season?, recruiting people who would like to work in Japan.

I assume that you prefer to work something related to your current field. There will have some challenges. Most companies prefer a stable engineer, which means it is difficult to change a country every two or three years. Second, you will be surprised that most of the people do not speak English at all. Therefore, learning a new language will be inevitable.

Best of luck.

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Armin’s Answer

One option to work abroad and potentially even change location every couple of years could be to join a company with a large international presence. Provided you have the right skills/specialisations this might open up opportunities for expat positions or international rotations. In some cases you might be able to get away with English only (in particular if you move to English speaking countries), but once you start looking at countries where English isn't the first language this might soon limit your options. You might get away with it in an internal facing role, but once you are customer facing in some way you almost certainly will need to be able to communicate in the local language. So better start studying at least one foreign language of your choice, ideally of the country/countries you're interested in.