5 Career Paths for Those Who’d Like to Work Overseas

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When you ask people what perks they’d like from their future career, many of them will say they want to travel for business, or even work in a different country for the short or long term. After all, who doesn’t want to see more of the world? If you can get paid to do so, then that’s even better. If you’re someone who would consider emigrating in future, here are some career paths you may want to consider.

  1. Tech Careers

It’s now easier than ever to work remotely in certain careers, so if you plan to travel and want to earn money at the same time, you may want to consider a tech career. Many people who work in tech become a digital nomad, which basically means they travel between countries while working from their laptop. This can be a great way to see the world without having to save a lot of money.

There are a number of tech careers that’ll allow you to be a digital nomad, from programming to website development or SEO. You can often study for these careers online too, getting a degree or specialist qualification from an online university in your spare time. 

However, there are a few things to consider if you want this kind of lifestyle:

  • Visas – some countries will only allow limited stays without a visa, so check the local immigration laws
  • Workflow – being a digital nomad usually means freelancing, rather than working for one organization. Would you be able to survive if you had a few quiet months?
  • Healthcare and insurance – moving to a different country can make it difficult to access healthcare, so you’ll need to ensure you are covered by specialist insurance in case of an emergency. Travel insurance isn’t usually sufficient.

Tech companies are the most likely out of all the industries to offer jobs that are suitable for this sort of lifestyle, but do some research and join the digital nomad communities to find out more.

  1. Nursing

People who train as nurses will often find job opportunities overseas, and many countries have big recruitment drives to encourage foreign-born nurses. This is because so many countries currently have, or are predicted to have, a nursing shortage. For example, the USA will need over 200,000 new registered nurses each year, due to a combination of problems with recruitment and an aging population who need care. 

Nursing attracts people from all walks of life and can be a good career choice when you leave high school, or a second career if you would like a change. You can often do the initial training online, which will get you ready to qualify as a registered nurse, and then look at Baylor University’s online DNP programs when you are ready to get to the next level such as leadership, midwifery or being a nurse practitioner.   

You should remember that if you want to work as a nurse overseas, each country has its own requirements to get licensed. Some places will require you to take an exam or provide evidence of your skills and qualifications, so do your research before you apply.

Not sure nursing is for you? It’s worth remembering that nursing covers a wide range of roles, from pediatrics to aged care and mental health to midwifery, so there’s no such thing as a typical nurse. You may be surprised at how many career options it opens up.

  1. Translation Work

If you’re fluent in another language, preferably more than one, and enjoy working with others, then you may be able to work as a translator overseas. It’s a competitive field. Most translators need to have recognized qualifications in their destination country and these vary from place to place.

Most translators start off working in their home country, sometimes for large international organizations, which helps give them the skills and experience required. They may then look at freelancing or applying for jobs overseas. In general, the more languages you speak fluently, the more successful you are likely to be. Remember, when you move overseas, you’ll be in competition with locals, which is why simply speaking one other language may not be enough.

  1. The Tourism Industry

Another industry to consider if you are good at languages and have top-notch customer service skills is tourism. Jobs in the tourism industry are not the best paid, and they can involve long hours and hard work, but they are a good way to see more of the world and develop a wide range of skills. Also, many tourism jobs don’t require a lot of previous skills, so they are often a starting point for young people.

It’s usually easy to find a tourism job online, but it’s important to watch out for any scams and avoid jobs that seem too good to be true. Before you book your plane ticket, research the local visa requirements and see if you qualify. You are likely to need a working visa to cover the time you are overseas.

Most countries have a high season where they need a lot of workers, followed by quiet months, so most tourism jobs are seasonal. This means there’s a lack of security, something to consider if you have responsibilities. 

  1. Teaching English

Teaching English is another option for those who want to work overseas, and there will be more opportunities open for those who speak English and one other language. Again, requirements for teachers will vary from country to country, so do some research before you send off applications. Areas like China and some Middle Eastern countries are big recruiters of overseas teachers and run programs where you’ll get accommodation and a salary as part of the package, which can be good for those who are just starting out.

No matter what your skillset, there are lots of careers that’ll allow you to move overseas, so you can experience more of the world, learn about different cultures and have interesting adventures.