Developing an International Career
There are many ways students can expand upon their study abroad and international opportunities in the future. After graduation, do you wish to spend time living overseas—perhaps by teaching English or by joining the Peace Corps? Have you considered an international career? What about a graduate degree in an internationally-focused field? Graduation doesn’t necessarily mean the end to experiences like study abroad.
Many graduates choose spending a few months to a few years working overseas. Opportunities for English speakers and/or U.S. citizens abound. Some common ways for students to work overseas are listed here. Please note that this list is solely for reference, and UFIC does not endorse or administer any post-graduate travel that is not specifically for college credit.
- Peace Corps
- Teaching English
Many countries welcome college graduates who are fluent in English as English teachers. Job types and salaries range widely depending on the requirements of the individual position. Research programs carefully to ensure that the program and its claims are legitimate. A handful of countries run English teaching programs through their governments, Japan (JET) and Korea (EPIK) among them.
- Doctors Without Borders
The BUNAC visa allows recent American graduates and under age 30 to work or intern in selected countries in Western Europe and Australia.
- Engineers without Borders
The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas
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You may want to consider furthering your international studies. Beyond graduate degrees in International Relations, other fields with a substantial international focus include International Education and International Business. Many other fields are cross-disciplinary and open to students pursuing research and/or graduate study opportunities—when in doubt, ask your department or advisor. Some ways students pursue international higher education include:
- Pursue international scholarship opportunities; www.studyabroadfunding.org is a comprehensive resource for students.
- Acquire internship opportunities.
- Shadow those in related fields.
- Add an international component to your research.
- Consider further degrees/coursework, whether at home or abroad.
International Career Opportunities
Joining the workforce doesn’t mean that being bound to a desk. Internationally based jobs abound, if you know what to look for. Some positions may require living overseas for a fixed amount. Others may allow you to travel internationally while based in the U.S. Some international jobs that you may find attractive include:
- Jobs with an international or overseas component.
- Companies with overseas branches.
- Positions based overseas.
- Careers that offer international travel to conferences, meetings, etc.
Websites such as the UF Career Resource Center and others can help you locate jobs in fields with an international focus.