8 Tips For Finding Work On A Gap Year AbroadPosted: 24th of June 2015 by
A Gap Year can offer you experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life. Getting away and seeing the world while you can is part of the appeal that lures so many young people to decide to take a gap year. However, unless you have riches behind you (and sometimes, even if you have), you may find that you need to find some work while you are abroad. This will be easier or harder depending on where you are in the world, but here are a few general pieces of advice that may mean making some money during your gap year is easier.
- Check your papers
Before you go, make sure you have all the relevant visas and documents you need to work in the country you are going to, otherwise you will find you are stuck before you have even started looking for work! Even if you don’t think you will need them, it is better to have them, just in case.
- Ask Your Employer
If you are working at the moment, you might be able to ask your employer if they can find you work at a franchise or partner in your destination country. You may be able to transfer right over, although this will very much depend on where you work!
- Ask Your People
As well as asking your employer, ask anyone else you may know to see if they have any contacts in the country you are travelling to. Parents, friends of the family, and other contacts can provide the most unlikely of contacts, so don’t be shy to use them!
- Learn The Language
You will certainly stand a better chance of finding work if you know the language of the place you are heading to for your gap year. It’s as simple as that!
- Get Some Work Experience
Can you get some work experience in something that is universal, like working in a bar or restaurant? These type of skills are wanted all over the world, and are likely to be the types of job you can easily find. Give yourself the edge by learning the ropes before you go.
- Research Your Destination
What do you know about your destination? Find out what sort of work is available where you are going. Is it a tourist area, or is it off the beaten track? Is the work seasonal and, if so, when is the right time to be there?
While you are doing your research you may come across contact details for some employers in the area. Surely, it can’t hurt to reach out to them and ask about the chances of getting work, can it? Make speculative contact with potential employers to find out about the jobs market and your chances of getting hired.
- Be Ready To Do Anything
Well, not anything, but be willing to be flexible with the types of work you will accept. You may get lucky and land a job that will tie in with your career goals, but chances are you will just need something to make some money. In that position you should take the first acceptable job you can find – you can always quit if you find something better elsewhere!
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