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Looking for a job abroad

marzo 31, 2021
After the economic crisis and a high unemployment rate (16.3% in January 2018, according to official figures) many have chosen for looking for work abroad, preferably within the European Union (EU). For this reason, the European Commission, the Ministries of Labor and Education of the member countries, have created initiatives that can help you develop your future work outside of Spain.

According to a survey carried out by the consulting firm Accenture to more than 1,000 Spanish graduates in 2017, 93% take into account the situation of the labor market when choosing a career and 89% are willing to move to another region or city to work .

If you have decided to take that step, it is advisable that you define well what you want before embarking on the task of looking for a job elsewhere. ¿In what country would you like to work That type of job would you like to do? You need to learn a new language Or do you already know and need to perfect it? At Educaweb we give you 10 tips that can be useful for working abroad.

There are various organizations that can help you in the task of finding a job outside of Spain, although one of the main ones is EURES, the European portal for professional mobility. In EURES You have the option to register, access EU offers and upload your CV, so it is essential that you have it updated and in English so that you can circulate it.

Among the actions that you must carry out to look for work abroad, stand out having sufficient funds to live while you receive the first salary, until you have professional titles approved, have a official English certificate, among other procedures, as explained by Esther Calvo, EURES Counselor in the State Public Employment Service.

Knowing languages ​​makes searching easier

Know the language of the country where you want to go to work is essential when it comes to finding a job there. “A crucial factor in order to increase the chances of success in the job search, not only in any neighboring country, but also in Spain, is to consolidate language training,” explained Calvo.

If you are looking for work abroad, you must perfect your english or the language of the country of destination, so a good idea is to go to study languages ​​in that place before launching yourself to look for a job. This will help you develop the language and also get contacts for your future employment.

According to data from the European Commission, German and English are the languages ​​most requested by European employers.

“Speaking another language is fun and speaking it makes traveling, living and working abroad more pleasant and rewarding”, is one of the conclusions of the study of language courses abroad 2017, in which Educaweb has collaborated.

Find out at the European Employment Days

The European Commission has several initiatives to make it easier for European citizens to find work outside their countries of origin. One of them is European Job Days (European Employment Days), What are they informative events in online and face-to-face format to contact employers in other countries and find both job opportunities, practical information and guidance on how to work in a certain place in the EU.

To participate in these activities, register on the website of the European employment days. By doing so, you will also receive job offers a few days before the event that interests you starts. The next online conferences are:

  • March 28, 2018: IT, sales and engineering – Work in Estonia!
  • April 25, 2018: Work in Norwegian in Europe
  • May 30, 2018: Make it in Germany – Take your chance!

The hours of all online events are between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information about the days to come, access the portal of the European Employment Days.

In Spain, activities are frequently carried out to inform young people about what to do to be able to work abroad. For example, this Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the headquarters of the Centro Europa Joven del Hospitalet de Llobregat, there will be the event Opportunities from feina a l’estranger (Job opportunities abroad).

Resorting to Spanish portals specialized in job search abroad or social networks such as LinkedIn is also a good option when looking for work, since they include offers from other countries in Europe and the world, as well as advice.

Sign up for a paid internship in the EU and the world

Another way to experience the world of work abroad for a period of time less than a year is to do paid practices. Organizations such as the Oficina Jove de Treball de Catalunya offer guidance for those interested in finding a paid stay in European countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a list of foreign organizations that are looking for candidates for internships, as well as information on the procedures that must be carried out to obtain a position. Normally these practices range from 2 to 12 months in duration.

The ideal profile of students who want carry out internships in international organizations It includes being a specialist in the organization’s work areas, mastering English and / or a European language; or Arabic, Chinese, French or Russian, in the case of the UN.

Also exist special scholarships for internships abroad, such as FARO Global Scholarships, aimed at final year students who want to carry out internships in Europe, the United States, Canada or Asia. You also have the ARGO Global Scholarships, for university graduates.

For those who want to take advantage of the stay not only to work, but to do some concrete studies, Educaweb has coordinated the Practical Guide to Study Abroad, published by the Planeta publishing house. The work includes information from 129 internationally renowned universities, 786 studies grouped into five professional sectors and university cities from 26 countries.

Did you know…?

  • People seeking work in other European countries than yours come mostly from the following countries: Italy (70,665), Spain (58,654), France (17,998), Portugal (16,882) and Romania (16354), according to statistical data from EURES, from the European Commission.
  • The places in the European Union where most people look for work they are, in order of preference, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands.
  • The EU countries where there are more job offers for foreigners they are Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
  • The professionals most requested by foreign employers are engineers and computer scientists.
  • The most effective way to find a job abroad is to submit self-applications in the companies that interest you, use personal contacts and search the most popular job portals. In the UK, for example, the best are The Guardian Jobs and Totaljobs, according to some Spaniards who work in that country.