HOW TO FIND WORK OVERSEAS WITH NO EXPERIENCE
THE 2020 GUIDE
You want to find work overseas with no experience?
I’ve done it in Portugal, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico… Let me teach you how!
Read on to find out how your can find work abroad without experience in 2020!
2020 GUIDE – HOW TO FIND WORK OVERSEAS WITH NO EXPERIENCE
You might feel like there is some BIG SECRET about how to get a job abroad without experience.
Good news! I can assure you that there is NO secret to finding jobs abroad – be them, well-paid jobs, with accommodation or a job where no degree required. You can find work abroad!
All it takes is some research, a lot of planning, smart saving of money as a backup fund and then DETERMINATION.
1 DECIDE ON TYPE OF WORK YOU WANT TO FIND ABROAD
There are two main types of jobs abroad available to people with no experience and no degree.
These are –
HOSPITALITY WORK (this kind of work abroad is often with accomodation)
1 HOSPITALITY WORK
Hospitality work in a foreign country usually means working in a bar, hostel or hotel.
Hospitality work or a hotel job are great fun and very sociable. This kind of job abroad often comes with accomodation as well.
Finding a job abroad with accomodation means you will save money on accomodation costs. WIN!
Working in hospitality, you can expect your job to involve a lot of partying. It is a great way to meet lots of other young people.
I have worked in hostels, in bars and restaurants. Personally, I liked working in restaurants the best but everyone is different.
The downsides of hospitality work are that the work is most likely not very well paid and is often seasonable.
This means that your job will only be available during the high season, being May-September in Europe and December-March in Latin America.
Are you after an amazing summer? Then a summer spent working in a bar abroad is for you.
HOW TO FIND HOSPITALITY WORK OR A HOTEL JOB ABROAD
The first thing to do is decide on a foreign country you want to move to.
Nowadays, if you are looking for work abroad before moving, things are a lot easier (Thank God).
There is also GoAbroad.com that advertises hotel jobs abroad WITH accomodation!
This all makes looking for work abroad with no experience a lot easier!
Available jobs are listed with reviews of the employers from past volunteers and employees.
If you want to get a job abroad without experience, then you have to be brave!
The best way to find hospitality work is to walk around the resort and introduce yourself to each restaurant, bar or hostel.
It can be scary at first but don’t feel afraid.
The thing to remember is that the bar owners are expecting YOU. At the start of every season they are inundated with young people looking for seasonal work!
If you are a shy kind of person, maybe team up with a buddy to look for work.
When you go around from bar to bar, please clean yourself up and look presentable.
Imagine you were the owner of a bar, would you want to hire a tidy looking person or a slobby backpacker?
TOP TIP – CV
My top tip for finding hospitality work abroad would be to prepare a CV.
Most other people do not bother, but in my experience, bar and restaurant owners always appreciate the touch of professionalism.
A CV helps to show you are a hard worker who will take the job seriously.
2 TEACHING ENGLISH
The second common option for people looking to find work overseas with no experience is to teach English as a Foreign Language.
When I travelled around Colombia, I fell in love with the country (and salsa dancing) and immediately started looking for a job that would enable me to live there.
After asking around and a bit of research, I found out about a government program employing young graduates to work as English teachers.
The program was hiring hundreds of native English speakers to work as teachers in public high schools across Colombia. The job also came with a well-paid stipend as well as accommodation for the first month.
What followed was the most rewarding job I have ever had.
For one year, I taught English As A Second Language to teenagers aged between 11 to 18.
Being a teacher to teenagers presented a different challenge every day but I have also never laughed so much in my life.
I met so many inspiring spirits and often think fondly on my year spent teaching English.
Although, to tell the truth, I am not sure if I was the best English teacher. . .
We spent far too much time playing!
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Teaching English is definitely one of the best ways to get a job abroad without experience.
Depending on the country you choose to work in, you can find well-paid job opportunities abroad teaching English, allowing you to save money or even travel more in your time off!
For instance, in South Korea, you can expect to earn between $2000-3000 USD per month, but you will be expected to work hard for your salary.
While in Latin America, salaries for teaching English are considerably less, probably more around the $1000 mark. The advantage is that you won’t be expected to work as hard in your job.
Therefore, it’s important to do your research on different countries before deciding on where you would like to teach English abroad.
Are you looking for a fun experience, a break from your ‘real life’? Or are you wanting to start a new career as a teacher abroad? These are the sort of points to consider when researching possible Teaching English jobs in foreign countries.
GoAbroad.com has a great article outlining all the best places to teach English in 2019. Check it out!
HOW TO GET A JOB TEACHING ENGLISH ABROAD
The most important thing to do before you start looking for a job teaching English in a foreign country is to obtain a TEFL.
A TEFL is a teaching qualification which stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
Perform a quick Google search to find nearby TEFL institutions or you could even do the course online.
TEFLCourseReview.com is a fantastic resource. It does what it says on the tin, helping you find the best TEFL courses.
Obtaining your TEFL should take just a couple months and will probably cost you between $1000-2000 USD.
TEACH ABROAD PROGRAMS
It can be scarrrrrry trying to get work abroad without experience, that’s why I recommend people to look into teaching abroad programs.
Many teach abroad programs offer jobs with accommodation, they pay for the flights as well as helping with the visa process. Often, the teaching jobs are well-paid as well.
Teach abroad programs can take the fear out of trying to find a teaching job abroad.
Have a look below at this list of teaching abroad programs to help you get a job abroad with no experience.
Once you have decided on the program then you can simply get in contact with them and follow their advice. It’s really, honestly, that simple!
This is only a few of the many teach abroad programs out there so do your research and get looking!
WHERE TO TEACH
Once you have decided on a teaching English abroad program and then the country you would like to work in, the next step would be to choose a city.
If you do not have a grasp of the local language then it is advisable to look for work in big cities. In larger cities, there is likely to be an expat community for you to socialise with.
Have a look on Facebook as there are often lively expat groups arranging different activities and meetups.
Alternatively, if your aim is to learn a new language then a small town would be ideal.
Living in a small town, you will be immersed in the local language and so you will learn the language a lot quicker.
Teaching English is a fantastically rewarding experience and if you are lucky enough to be offered the opportunity, please do not take it for granted.
Work hard, be respectful of the culture and open yourself up to new people and experiences!
My name is Phoebe and I want to show other people that you can design a life you want. I like to write about motivation, working online and self-improvement.