Working abroad

What are your options for finding graduate jobs and internships abroad? Will your degree be recognised in a different country? How do you go about moving overseas for work?

In this section, we answer your working abroad queries and point you in the direction of useful sources of info on working and living abroad in specific countries. Find information on language requirements, where you can work, job hunting tips, application methods and visa basics.

Our advice on job hunting, further study and visas remains current following the UK’s formal triggering of Article 50, and will be updated in the light of developments from the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union.

Working in Asia

From technology in Japan to finance in Hong Kong, Asia’s booming economies and skilled graduate jobs are sheltered behind linguistic and cultural barriers. If you can get past the sometimes tricky visas restrictions, warm climes and well-paid jobs await.

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Working in Australia

Australia is a popular destination for graduates looking for a working holiday, but the government also encourages applications to live and work from those who might be able to fill the country’s skills shortages.

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Working in Brazil

Good Portuguese will help graduates find work in Brazil. Casual jobs are hard to come by, but international companies may have suitable roles.

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Working in Canada

The Canadian shortage occupations list could be your key to finding employment here, but you’ll need skills and experience to qualify.

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Working in Europe

The (current) lack of visa restrictions, similar cultures and living standards make Europe a no-brainer for graduates seeking short-term TEFL placements or longer-term graduate jobs. Just be ready for stiff competition.

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Working in France

France offers a high standard of living, beautiful scenery and good career opportunities for UK graduates with technical, commercial and numeracy skills, especially if they also speak French.

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Working in Germany

There are plenty of opportunities for UK graduates to find jobs, volunteer, teach English or gain work experience in Germany, with particular demand for those with engineering, IT and medical skills.

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Working in Mexico

Pick up tips on how to approach job hunting in Mexico, what you’ll need to be successful and what to expect from working life.

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Working in New Zealand

You may need to have a job secured before you travel, but New Zealand welcomes graduates seeking a short-term working holiday or a longer-term job filling one of the country’s skills shortages.

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Working in Norway

Norway’s prosperity is underpinned by its oil and gas wealth, and UK graduates may find work in the energy industry, tourism, engineering, healthcare, IT or finance.

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Working in Saudi Arabia

UK graduates seeking work in Saudi Arabia could find jobs in the oil industry, with opportunities also available in areas such as healthcare, teaching and IT.

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Working in South Korea

You’ll need a work visa to take up employment in South Korea. Find out how to increase your chances of applying successfully for graduate jobs.

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Working in Spain

There are opportunities for UK graduates in areas such as banking, construction and IT, as well as teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).

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Working in Sweden

UK students and graduates may find good work experience and job opportunities in Sweden’s thriving tech and manufacturing businesses, and will be attracted to the country’s high standards of living.

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Working in Switzerland

Keen to get a job in Switzerland after you graduate? Find out about the technical and language skills that will help you get hired and the standard of living you can expect.

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Working in the United Arab Emirates

UK graduates who want to work in the UAE could consider looking for a job with a multinational company that has offices there, and will benefit from tax-free earnings.

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Working in the US

There are plenty of opportunities for work experience and internships in the US, but non-citizens will find it tough to secure graduate jobs.

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Extra info elsewhere

Thinking about postgraduate study abroad? Find studying abroad guides for all the countries listed above on TARGETpostgrad: guides to studying abroad

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