Work Abroad

Working Abroad

Defining Work Abroad

Steps to Working Abroad

  1. Read through the information and resources on the WIV web pages
  2. Set Goals (Length of time abroad, Finances, Types of work desired)
  3. Revise your resume or CV appropriately for the country in which you will be working
  4. Apply directly to a work abroad program or for a specific position abroad

Legal Issues

Questions to Consider

Short-Term Work Opportunity vs. Long-Term Career Overseas

Remember, the more flexible you are, the more likely you are to find a short-term or long-term job overseas.

Things to Consider for Short-Term Work Abroad

Long-Term Work Abroad

Getting Started

There are many resources to help you realize your dream of working abroad long-term. Before you begin, it is important to know the reality of working abroad.

Those who find career-related work often start off working for an international company in the United States and are transferred to an office abroad.

It can be very difficult to obtain a work permit to work legally in a foreign country. Employers usually have to prove that there are no national candidates qualified to perform the job and that the foreign worker is uniquely qualified. This is one of the reasons that Teaching English abroad has become one of the easiest and most popular ways to work abroad for an extended period of time.

But don't let this discourage you. Many people are successful at finding long-term work abroad, but it does take perseverance.


To obtain resident and legal work status in a country, usually:

Long-Term Work Abroad Options

US Department of State Foreign Service

Foreign Service Specialists and Officers work at over 265 government posts worldwide, including embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions. To learn more about the Foreign Service, including the required Foreign Service Written Exam, visit the US Department of State Careers website.

Learn more about long-term work abroad.

Common Fields of International Employment

Now that you know the reality of working abroad and have started to think about what you're looking for in an international career, start thinking about some of the fields where international employment is more likely:

–Adapted from Career Services at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University

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