Going down an employment path that offers relocation options could be a great way to fulfil your travel ambitions while still developing your career.
After feeling the shackles of education for the majority of your life so far — being tied down to the same place for so many years — it’s only natural that you might feel the urge to travel or start fantasising about a gap year.
Gap years – the financial struggle
The problem with nomadic gap years is that they can often be filled with stress and financial uncertainty. Unless you have a deep pot of savings or a means of remotely sustaining yourself, you will inevitably run out of money when travelling. As a result of this, many refrain from realising their dream of seeing the world.
It doesn’t have to be as black and white, however. There are plenty of options out there that will allow you to travel the world while also earning money to keep yourself going. One avenue is to find part-time work while you’re travelling. This can work well in the short-term, but it will be just as difficult to find another job when you move to your next location.
Another avenue that many are choosing to explore is working for a company that offers a relocation program. This will allow you to continue your career development in the short-term but with a view to work abroad in the future. You will still be able to experience life in different cultures and climates, but with job security and continued financial support.
This is not the eccentric, spontaneous gap year that many young adults fantasise about, but rather a responsible and sophisticated career development plan that will set you up with a good job when/if you decide to return home.
To give you an idea of the type of work that affords you travel opportunities, here are five companies and sectors that have an established relocation program, with information on how to qualify for it.
One of the largest banks in the world, Barclays offers a route into employment that can prove a great alternative to University. Starting as part of their community or personal banker team, you can begin your career in the UK before opting to pack up and move after just a year.
Barclays has a key set of company ideals and so prefers to employ from within — their internal job board lists positions exclusive to current employees, and they actively encourage relocation with their International careers tool.
Nigel Frank International
Established in Newcastle a mere decade ago, Nigel Frank has grown into a global recruitment superpower after major investment from TPG Growth (of Spotify and Airbnb success). As a result, the company now has offices worldwide and cannot hire quickly enough to meet the demand.
If you prove yourself as a sharp recruitment consultant in the UK, you will be invited to work or even train new staff in offices abroad, with the USA and Australia proving to be Nigel Frank’s focus for growth. To get your foot in the door, check out the entry level recruitment consultant jobs on their job board.
English language tutor
With English being the most popular second language in the world, there is no shortage of demand for English language tutors in foreign countries. What’s more, you don’t necessarily need a qualification higher than an English GCSE or A-Level to become a language tutor.
While Asia is a common destination for English tutors, you can also choose somewhere closer to home, such as Europe; you may wish to begin in Europe before relocating further afar once you are more confident in your teaching. Check out InterExchange’s detailed guides to living and working abroad as a language teacher.
This is not a company as such but rather a sector that is in high demand. Microsoft Dynamics powers the accounting, customer relationship management, and project management software found in the majority of modern workplaces, but businesses need experts to operate and optimise this software — that’s where you come in.
Use the National Careers Service to find a local IT or software centre that offers training courses in Microsoft Dynamics. Once you are up to speed, you can take advantage of the high demand for skilled workers by applying for Dynamics relocation, which will connect you with Dynamics jobs across the world. This surplus of jobs is due to last for years, so don’t worry about missing the boat.
If you want to see as much of the world as you possibly can, a career in aviation could be perfect for you. Much like Barclays, airlines prefer to hire from within, and so starting in an entry-level customer experience job could be a great way to earn money while learning the workings of a travel company from the inside.
Take Virgin Atlantic, for example, which considers its cabin crew to be ambassadors for the brand. In order to represent a brand, you must first understand how it operates from the ground up. Working inside one of their contact centres will educate you on the company, which will hold you in good stead when you apply for a role in their globe-exploring cabin crew.
If you’re unsure of which career path you want to take, check out our most frequently asked questions about careers.