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Career Choices: The 5 Best Sectors for Working Abroad

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Over the last couple of years, there have been numerous reasons the number of world travelers has been reduced. From pandemics to wars in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, people have been jumping on planes at a much lower rate. However, it’s difficult to suppress people’s lust for travel. 

 

Nowadays, there are ways for U.S. citizens to live and even work abroad for at least an extended period. This is especially true if you have or can get a passport that allows you to work in a certain country or even multiple countries. 

 

If you can’t get a passport, don’t worry, some countries let you obtain a Digital Nomad Visa. This type of residency permission allows remote workers to live in their country for an extended time and be permitted to work for your company. It’s also a great way to keep your American salary and use it in countries that are less expensive to live in. 

 

All this information means, that if you’re interested in working in Europe, Africa, etc., it’s time to get your resume and passport ready. 

Teaching

English language teaching is a great way to work abroad and gain new skills. Teaching is also an excellent way to learn more about the culture of your host country and meet people in your community. Many countries in Europe in Asia need English teachers. There are programs, such as TEFL, that can help you find a language conversation assistant role around the world. 

If you’re considering teaching as a career choice or just want to travel the world for fun, here are five great places where you can teach English:

  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Japan

While you may not make a six-figure salary as an English as a Second Language Teacher, it’s a great way to travel the world. 

Consulate and Embassy Duty

Another way to work in distinct countries is by performing consular or embassy duty. To become a foreign service officer, you will need to have the necessary education and training. The duties performed are as followed:

  • Visas and passports
  • Assistance with medical problems (either in the consulate or by recommending medical care in the local area)
  • Emergency aid when necessary (such as repatriating bodies)

Career diplomats are often assigned to consular duty. If you’re interested in working abroad with a government agency, be sure to check out opportunities at the consulate near you.

Software Developer

Becoming a software developer offers you a lot of opportunities, both in the United States and abroad. This is because it is a highly skilled position, and you can work remotely. This is a great option for people who like to travel and want to make sure that their career takes them all over the world.

Large companies have a huge demand for software developers to work on their software for computers and apps. There are plenty of companies across Europe, Asia, Africa, etc. that need the skills of a software developer. 

If you are interested in traveling and finding a job overseas, this career path may be the answer for you. As a software developer, you have the luxury of working remotely, which means getting a digital nomad visa should be simple in most countries that offer them. 

Travel and Hospitality

There are so many tourist hotspots all over the world. English has become the international lingua franca, which means hotels and other services would love to have native English speakers on staff. It’s not just in hotels, but airlines, cruises, and more would love to have someone who speaks fluent English available for their guests. 

 

In 2022 the hospitality sector is also making a comeback. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hotels, and other related businesses took a huge economic hit. However, governments are reducing travel and distancing restrictions, which means people are traveling and need accommodations and services.  

Freelancing

Freelancing is the perfect way to make money and travel the world if you’re down with being your own boss and living out of a suitcase. Whatever you do as a freelancer will present you with a great opportunity to work on your own schedule. While there are both positives and negatives to freelancing, it’s an excellent way to support yourself.  

Freelance work can be anything from writing and editing to graphic design, blog posting, or web development. There are plenty of opportunities for freelancers across every industry, so you’ll have no trouble finding something that suits your skill set. 

If you’re worried about finding clients while traveling in foreign countries, relax. Many companies now use online job boards like Upwork or Guru as their primary hiring methods for content creation positions. You can post your resume there and wait for offers from potential employers all over the world.

 

Author Bio: 

Susan Noel is an experienced content writer. She is associated with many renowned business and technology blogs as a guest author where she shares her valuable articles with the audience

Jeah Lorraine Adams has been a writer for the past two decades. She is also a mom of two.

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