Find answers to common questions and further resources
Choose the country you want to work in before you make your action plan.
Check that the sort of job you want is available in that country. The application process there may be different – see working abroad on the Prospects website.
If you are offered a job by the government of another country you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Check out any bureaucratic requirements that might prevent you from obtaining a job.
Local embassies and consulates are valuable sources of information.
The Prospects website has information about the employment situation for specific countries. Would you be able to get a job there in competition with local people?
UK nationals do not need a work permit to work in any of the EU member states.
Most other European countries and other countries throughout the world require you to have a work and residence permit.
Do not book your travel until you are sure that you have all the documentation necessary. Violation of visa regulations is looked on as a criminal offence.
Immigration, work visa and work permit information is available at workpermit.com.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office also gives advice on working and travelling abroad.
Find out what sort of work experience would be necessary if you are looking for a specific job. You may already have a considerable amount of experience and skills and will be able to sell yourself well with these. However, you may find that you need to gain more relevant experience.
Some large companies send their employees abroad to get work experience and an understanding of the global markets, as well as for career development. These posts can lead to promotion.
An overseas posting with a British, Irish or American company that uses English as the working language may mean you only need a basic knowledge of the local language at first.
TEFL teaching in most countries does not require advanced local language skills. Organizations such as i-to-i provide opportunities to qualify in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and a TEFL job placement service.
In some countries, for example The Netherlands, most people speak good English, but in others, such as Portugal, you would need to be fairly fluent in the local language to work successfully.
Classes are offered abroad, but you may find that it is less expensive to study the language at home before you go.
Those with advanced language skills may want to work as an interpreter or translator.
Multinational companies pay higher salaries than you would earn teaching in a private language school.
Although you may not earn as much as you would in the UK, a low cost of living might make you better off.
If you are not resident in the UK for more than a certain number of days each year, you do not have to pay UK tax.