Working Abroad

Why work abroad?

The world is your oyster!  Opportunities abroad are wide ranging and varied.  In an increasingly global job market, gaining experience abroad can help give you an edge.  It can:

  • deepen your understanding of different cultures
  • develop professional skills and key skills such as communication, teamwork and languages
  • show resilience and adaptability
  • be combined with travel

It's important to consider your motivations and objectives for working abroad before deciding what opportunities to go for.

Where can I go?

In theory, anywhere.  European Union (EU) nationals can work anywhere in the EU (and Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway) without a work permit.  Countries such as New Zealand, Canada and Japan offer working holiday visas.  For full details about working in individual countries, visit the country profiles on TARGETjobs. For more in depth advice and information about working abroad visit Going Global (Suggested Links section, current Sheffield Hallam students only).

What opportunities are there?

  • Internships and exchanges - funded and low cost examples include Erasmus+ (Europe),  Generation UK (China) and IAESTE work placements (worldwide)
  • Volunteering - funded and low cost examples include Volunteer Action for Peace, International Citizenship Service and AIESEC Go Global programme. There are lots of programmes available but some not listed here charge high fees. Research the cost, quality and ethics of such programmes carefully.
  • Temporary and seasonal work - mostly in the hospitality and tourism sector. Summer camp work in the USA is also popular.
  • Graduate roles in the public sector and non governmental organisations (NGOs) - for example the European Union, Foreign Office Department of International Development and the UN. See 'suggested links' for further info. You can also listen to some useful careers talks by the FCO, EU and UN recently hosted at the University of Leeds here. (November 2015)
  • Graduate roles in a multinational company. Some multinational companies run global graduate schemes, for example, TUI TravelDHL, the British Council and many more. Entrypark is a one place to look for global graduate schemes. Alternatively, there may be global opportunities a little later in your career.
  • Teaching - in an international school (for mainstream qualified teachers), or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is open to students and graduates from a range of subjects.
  • Euraxess UK - support academic and student researchers to pursue an international career and expand their professional networks

International Students with a UK education

If you are an international student who is returning home to find work you may feel you know your local job market, but if not then you may find the gradlink series of website helpful.  Tailored to different countries these offer case studies, career profiles, insights in to the local labour markets and job vacancies.

Further advice and support:

Don't forget, there's lots of help and support available to you here at Sheffield Hallam

  • Working and Teaching Abroad fairs 
  • SHU Go Global - engage with and learn from the SHU global community - social events, peer mentoring and more..... 
  • workshops on working abroad 
  • books in the Careers and Employability Centre, such as the 'Work and Study in...' series, which covers a number of countries
  • employer presentations

For details of upcoming workshops, fairs and employer presentations, please check our Events listings regularly.

  • Registering as a Sheffield Hallam student with 10 Minutes With allows you to reach out to a global community of students and professionals and get their take on any questions that you want answered and includes includes engaging video interviews with global leaders.


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Friday, January 17, 2020 - 11:02