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.

Don't let this discourage you though; 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:

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