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Securing a work placement abroad. Margaret Evans Careers Adviser, Northumbria University Luke James, Scott Oakley. Working abroad. Why do it? What do you want to do? How do you go about it?.

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securing a work placement abroad

Securing a work placement abroad

Margaret Evans

Careers Adviser, Northumbria University

Luke James, Scott Oakley

working abroad
Working abroad
  • Why do it?
  • What do you want to do?
  • How do you go about it?
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Living, breathing and loving a different country shows that you are adaptable, responsible and ambitious. Being able to speak a second language doubles, even triples, your options of job location. You could work in a café in Italy, be a personal assistant in Strasburg or a holiday rep. in Spain.

Rosie Shimmin,

German and Politics

why bother
Why bother?
  • Self-motivation
  • Drive and determination
  • International outlook
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Flexibility
  • Problem solving
  • Negotiating
what do you want to do
What do you want to do?
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • Where?
  • When and for how long?
  • What kind of work?
where can you go
Where can you go?

Spanish

Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Rep., Ecuador, El Salvador, Eq. Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Togo, Tunisia, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

German

Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Czech Rep., Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland

French

Algeria, Andorra, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Laos, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Vanuatu, Vietnam

Italian

Croatia, Eritrea, France, Italy, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland

consider
Consider…
  • Course requirements
  • Skills you offer
  • Skills to be developed
  • What sector
  • What job role
  • Large or small
  • Location
  • Payment/costs
finding your placement
Finding your placement

Plan ahead!

Network

Agencies

Advertised opportunities

Speculative approaches

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work

colleagues & contacts

friends

family

friends

Parents

friends

Partner

Work colleagues

Family

My network

Siblings

work

colleagues

Neighbours

friends

family & friends

Uni staff

Family

friends

work contacts

Previousplacement

students

summer and short term
Summer and short-term
  • Summer jobs worldwide
  • Work your way around the world
  • www.anyworkanywhere.com
  • www.jobsabroadbulletin.co.uk
internships via organisations
Internships – via organisations
  • www.internabroad.com
  • www.highflyersweb.com
  • EU internships http://europa.eu/epso- useful links
internships jobs diy
Internships/Jobs – DIY
  • Exodus
  • Going Global
  • Prospects Country Profileswww.prospects.ac.uk – Career Advice
  • www.europa.eu/eures
  • www.transitionsabroad.com
graduate vacancies
Graduate vacancies
  • www.eurograduate.com
  • www.careers.lon.ac.uk/ijo
  • www.jobsabroad.com
volunteering
Volunteering
  • European Voluntary Service http://ec.europa.eu/youth
  • VSO youth programme
  • Gap year organisations
  • European Volunteer Centrewww.cev.be – You want to volunteer
  • www.worldwidevolunteering.org.uk
making applications
Making applications
  • CV in the format and language of the country
  • Letter - address the right person
  • Who you are
  • What you want
  • Why them?
  • What you can offer
telephone interviews
Telephone interviews
  • Be prepared
  • Body language
  • Voice
  • Anticipate questions
  • Questions to ask
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