5 Overseas Jobs That (Almost) Anyone Can Qualify For

If you are looking for a change of pace, scenery and a significant change to your lifestyle — consider starting a new and exciting career overseas. 

Obtaining a job overseas allows you to travel and see more of the world while still maintaining financial stability. While some jobs do require some level of experience or a degree, many of the positions that are available overseas are entry-level positions.

Coming from America, one of your most valuable and sought-after skills will be the ability to read, speak and written English. While many countries have different languages that are commonly used, English remains the dominant language used within the business world and, therefore, it is an invaluable skill in other countries. This is especially true when it comes to working in tourist locations or if you are interested in teaching English to others.

Teaching English Abroad

Teaching English is one of the most commonly found jobs overseas, depending on the country that you are interested in living within. This is due to the fact that, as mentioned previously, English is a language that is predominately used in business throughout the world. Therefore, it has become more and more important for citizens of a country to learn how to speak, read and write in English.

Unlike in the United States, teaching abroad will not always require a teaching degree or any experience. With the high demand for English teachers overseas, you are also less likely to spend a great deal of time searching for work. Teaching can provide numerous benefits. Not only is your career in high demand, which will provide you with some job security, but you will be provided the opportunity to immerse yourself in another country’s culture and languages. English teachers are needed for classes of all ages, so depending on whether or not you would like to teach kids, you may have a greater amount of opportunities if you are not too picky when it comes to the age of the class.

Becoming an Au Pair for a Family

An au pair is another term for a nanny or caregiver and you will find a lot of these jobs available in the same locations that English teaching is commonly found. Caregivers that speak English or another desired language are highly sought after when it comes to the care of young children. An au pair is generally sought when a family would like their children to learn and find the opportunity to practice the desired language the caregiver speaks.

An au pair aids parents in providing the typical nanny functions, so actual job duties will vary depending on the age of the children and the needs of the family. Generally, an au pair is responsible for caring for children when their parents are unavailable. If a child is too young to attend school, you may be required to work longer hours each day. Some of your daily tasks could include:

  • Dropping the children off to school and picking them up after school.
  • Assisting with homework or providing entertainment.
  • Tutor the children.
  • Run errands.
  • Help clean or cook.

Becoming an au pair provides numerous benefits, especially if you are a new local that is trying to adjust to a new culture and environment. As an au pair, you will likely learn from the family that you work for as they learn from you.

Working at Hotels in Tourist Areas

Another great opportunity that will rely on your ability to speak, read and write English is hotel work in highly populated tourist areas. While some areas will only offer seasonal work that takes place during peak travel times, other companies may be willing to offer you a long-term position. Companies value the ability to speak, read and write English, as this can aid in assisting guests who do not speak the local language.

This is a job that offers a variety of benefits to individuals who enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people. Not only will you gain experience in the hospitality industry that you can use to further your career, but you will be able to experience another culture and have the opportunity to see more of the world as there is a wide selection of travel destinations that you could go to.

Cruise Ship Worker

Another simple way that you can see more of the world while working is by joining a cruise ship crew. Most cruises visit a variety of countries and locations and there are several different roles and positions that you may qualify for on the ship, including:

  • Clergy.
  • Musician or entertainer.
  • Retail clerk.
  • Hosts.
  • Chefs, cooks, waiters, waitresses, etc.

You can inquire about careers directly with a cruise line business. Keep in mind that, while a ship is docked in another country, you will still be working and will have to wait until an off day, break or time that you are not scheduled to work to go off and explore new locations.

Tour Guide

While you may assume that the best tour guide is a person who was born and raised in a location, this is not usually the case. With English being a predominant language in business, a lot of travels speak the language, even if the natives of a location do not. Therefore, in some places, companies prefer to hire on tour guides that may not be from the area due to his or her ability to speak, write and read in English.

Being a tour guide is generally an entry level position that does not require much if any experience. However, you will need to familiarize yourself with the area, which may take a few weeks to do. Learning more about the local culture and history will only help you improve your career. As with any career that allows you to work overseas, you will be given the opportunity to travel and see more of the world as well as broaden your experience.

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