Working abroad

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Working in the EU.  Recent research from Moneycorp found 27 per cent of those between 16 and 24 are eager to move abroad, while data from MoveHub shows interest in relocating for those between 18 and 34 has increased 60 per cent. Older generations also have itchy feet, with companies that offer advice to those seeking to retire abroad reporting a 25 per cent increase in business.

The Benefits of work or study abroad
Making new friends / building confidence
Experience a different culture
Future Employers like international experience.  

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Where to work – issues to consider
Where to work will be influenced by the job you want.
Are there any vacancies. Use Labour Market Information to understand the local jobs market.
Do you need to speak the language?
Location – distance and travel time from your home location. How often do you want to go home?
Do you easily make friends? Are you self sufficient?
Have you have health or other issues which require additional support or costs?
Have you enough money to support yourself until you get settled and you find a job?

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The rules for working in the EU. (June 2019)

You have the right to work in any country in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland without a work permit if you’re a UK citizen.

The EEA includes:

all countries in the European Union (EU)

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein

Use the following websites to check out the rules for different countries.

Information from the UK Government website

Another very useful site provided by the UK government is

Register for alerts about careers in international organisations

Some EU countries have a history of encouraging people from the UK to work in their country.
Click on the EU flag for a link to information from all the EU countries

Also check information on the government website of the country you wish to work.

Click the EU flag for a link to EU countries.

Brexit: For the time being, the United Kingdom remains a full member of the EU and rights and obligations continue to fully apply in and to the UK (Correct May 2019)

The rules for working in non EU countries.

Each sovereign country sets its own rules for immigration and work visas.

The embassy for the country you want to work in will be able to offer you specific help and advice.

See this website for contact details.

Embassies & Consulates can advise anyone about work or study in their country.

The following links are examples of websites you may find useful.


Candadian immigration, refugee and citizenship service

All the official information you need.

Australia, China, India, Norway and many more

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