Working Abroad - A great experience!

Working abroad is a fantastic way to explore a different way of life. The steady income means you will be able to fund your touristy excursions and the constant contact with your co-workers will mean you are able to experience the culture from the inside out. 

If you are in the right profession, it can be very lucrative to work in another country for while. There are numerous tax breaks to be had and in some countries, you can avoid paying tax altogether.  Those looking for a job as part of a career should enlist the help of professional agency that will ensure everything is legit as well as give you access to helpful contacts.

One of the most popular jobs abroad, especially for young people, is teaching English.  The initial training course can be quite expensive, often $800 or more, but a year of teaching abroad can be very profitable and can go a long way towards paying down your student loans.

There are a bewildering number of courses and qualifications available and it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you.  A good way to help sort it out is to read loads of job adverts and find out what employers require.  Find jobs that suit your ideals and choose the training course that will allow you to do that. 

When considering different job offers, make sure you read the details carefully.  The highest paying one isn’t always the best.  Consider the value of all the fringe benefits such as housing, board, travel compensation and holidays etc. and it may well turn out that the highest salary isn’t the best package.  

It pays to be vigilant with any job offers and make sure everything is in writing. This is especially true with seasonal workers who often depend on their employer for room and board. It would be a shame to turn up to your new job at a resort in the Scottish Highlands only to find that your room and board are not provided after all.  If an offer seems to good to be true, it likely is.  There are very few areas of work where employers will throw money at you, no strings attached.

Another good thing to do is ask around.  Get into contact with people who have already done what you want to do and find out what is good and what isn’t.  Get references for companies you do training with to make sure they are up to snuff.  Finding web forums about international work is also good way of finding out up to the minute information.

As with most things, a bit of time spent planning ahead of time will go a long way to making your experience more enjoyable. It could be the difference between spending a year in a remote Chinese backwater or landing a great job, fantastic apartment and substantial salary.

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