Perhaps you’re in your last years of university or you’ve just graduated from college casting around for new challenges. Maybe your local scene is not what it used to be. Education has that effect—of opening eyes and causing us to dream about much more than what’s currently on our plate. Ham and cheese at a desk job? Hmm … How about Viennese coffee and strudel on your stop-over from Copenhagen?

Whether you eventually settle down in your home state, travel 3,000 miles to realize a career dream, or win the lottery, these ten careers abroad could change your life forever. Travel puts you on a course for learning, earning and experiencing more of life, and can create opportunities you never dreamt of–before now.


1.)   Careers in the Cruise Ship Industry

Meet people from around the world, visit new countries, make friends, and learn to live on the Seven Seas … One possibility for employment that will quickly take you to other places is Cruise Lines, either American or International. Hospitality Staff, Crew, Management, and Entertainment Talent are needed, with thousands of new openings seeking candidates now. Whether the idea of sailing around the world aboard the most luxurious cruise ships in the world appeals, or your preference is for a more intimate experience in the Caribbean; career opportunities, training programs, and even the odd summer gig are easy to explore online. Check out Royal Caribbean and American Cruise Lines to get started, or Google ‘All Cruise Ship jobs’, but expect to see a huge difference between salaried staff (Chef, Director, Ship Captain) and part-time or seasonal positions, where wages run between $500.00- $2,000 per month. Are you a Fitness Expert or Personal Trainer? Check for positions aboard a cruise ship or in the nicer hotel/resort chains advertised on Indeed.


2.)   Careers in Teaching English Overseas or TEFL

You do not need an English degree to teach English overseas. A college degree for most schools and a willingness to travel to the school offering a job and accommodations at no extra expense are all that’s needed. Can you organize a lesson plan? Do you like children; are you patient and creative? Schools in China, South Korea, Japan, and Latin America will pay you to teach English, and provide you with a community of like-minded people to show you the ropes. Hundreds of job listings are offered in China and South Korea—with Kindergarten, Elementary, Public and Private school, University, Business English, and Teaching Assistant positions being the most common. Check out but expect salaries to widely range from $1800 to $4000 a month.

Some candidates sort through the details themselves or seek outplacement agencies to vet the schools. Another good place to start Dave’s ESL Café, hosted by an overseas teacher who has been in international education for decades. Whether you consider this lifestyle for just a year or end up traveling to new schools across the world to build your credentials and save lots, living and teaching overseas opens new worlds to Millennials. Further opportunities exist in job placement, school administration, textbook editing, and private tutoring. Some teachers even open their own schools.

3.)   Au Pair or Nanny

Dreamed of traveling the world with a wealthy family–all expenses paid–hopping from one glamorous residence to the next … Did umbrella tuck under your arm like Mary Poppins? This may not be the most common job listing at Go Overseas but it’s not out of the question either, especially if you have a degree from a good university and possess special language skills and sports, musical, and other niche abilities families place a premium on like being fun and making children happy. (See the $200,000 a year Nanny.) In turn, you will enjoy the host family’s nation, culture, and traditions, and may leave all the wiser and richer for the experience of living in Great Britain (Italy, France, China, Australia or America) with a family who can teach you as much about their nation as any school. The age range for Nannies is usually from 18 to 30, so all those years babysitting may finally pay off.


4.)   Personal Assistant

Perhaps none of these fields appeal to you. After all, already you are a young but highly skilled Administrator/Personal Assistant with PR and media interface savvy—able to manage a private diary, field calls, and ward off intruders. You are discreet, down to earth and able to manage schedules, as well as pick up the kids from hockey. You may become a candidate for an overseas company or private individual working as far afield as Dubai or London. Naturally, this niche position will be extremely competitive and require solid experience, credentials, impeccable references, and a knockout CV. Check out Tiger Recruitment for a look at the kinds of opportunities available working with the services of an overseas recruiter, and read The Financial Times ‘Private Personal Assistants to The Rich and Famous’ for an idea of what makes a superb PA. 

5.)   Temporary Harvesters—to Wine Mogul?

Okay, I know what you’re thinking … From 5 star Dubai PA to Agricultural Worker in one fell swoop?! Listen, if you’ve ever wanted to backpack around Europe this is one way to do it. You can pick strawberries in Great Britain or grapes in France but fruits and vegetables need harvesting just about everywhere in Europe, (or if you prefer, Australia or New Zealand.). Your pecs will never be the same–all the better for carrying your backpack into the next adventure–and if you’re interested in agricultural engineering or farm management, you’ll have one foot in the door. Finally, summer experience working on a farm might translate into college credit, or an entry into Viticulture (wine production), where you could move up through the wine industry, and who knows … perhaps one day own your own vineyard. Not for couch potatoes, only venturesome students will check out picking jobs.


6.)   Skilled Professional Careers Abroad

Personal Assistant careers are just the tip of the iceberg, as globalization has created a need for trained, talented professionals internationally. If you would like to think about a long-term overseas career path, research companies with a global presence like Deloitte, Edelman, and UBS, and when you apply let them know you are interested and available for travel. Better still, contact recruitment companies to help you place your best foot forward … Begin your research with and take a peek at an overseas recruitment agency like ISC to see how the field overall looks.


7.)   Targeted Immigration to Fill Career Niches

No, New Zealand will not pay you $165,000 to relocate and work in their country, as one media outlet in the UK recently claimed … But New Zealand does offer jobs in niche areas where the available talent pool needs a boost. From Anesthesiologist to Zoologist, there is a long list of career opportunities available in NZ—if you have the skills and credentials. Is the land of Frodo in Lord of The Rings your cup of tea? Take a closer look at New Zealand’s policies. And have a g’day!


8.)   Careers with NGOs

Non-Governmental Agencies work all over the world to support projects such as education, clean water, housing, medical needs, locally sourced economies, peaceful negotiations in conflict areas, and legal advice. NGOs may work with trafficked women and children, or with people in your own community, thus, Social Workers are very often needed. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is well known for their work in these areas, especially in fighting disease and the development of vaccines. Their trillion-dollar foundation lists employment opportunities—some in Seattle, others in places like India, or China. As well, there are foundations and services offering career advice and opportunities for career or volunteer work, if this is your calling. Check out NGO ABroad, the UN or The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for guidance.


9.) Tour Guide Careers in the US and Abroad

Are you an organized go-getter with fluency in both English and a second language? Did you conduct tour guides on your university campus or at a theme park? Then working with a tour company may provide you with the excitement and challenges you crave, but you will need to be a self-starter. The opportunities to move from country to country touring the world are there—if you have what it takes. Look into Freelance Tour Guides on Google, Indeed or Sandemans New Europe Tours.

Millennials are encouraged to travel - imagine a career that offers a new look at the world!

Group led by tour guide


10.)  Further Vacation and Careers Abroad …

Let’s say your wealthy Uncle, after hearing you’ve graduated with honors, has laid $10,000 on you. Further, he has stipulated that you spend it traveling the world to learn about the global economy. Panic attack! Where to start? An accredited group based in Australia will set you up in either London, the US, and New Zealand, or Australia; secure your lodging, get you a Work Visa and a job, all while providing you with valuable travel experiences … And for a reasonable fee. Tiered programs are offered based on what you can afford (luxury accommodations to hostels), and this unique concierge Work and Travel Company will also organize your itinerary. Who knows … A temporary job could lead to a permanent career.


Travel and Work websites are plentiful, so be aware of scams and thoroughly research all your sources before committing, providing funds or personal information to untested companies. The United States Department of Defense provides further information for your research but no one offers ironclad guarantees, so use your best judgment.

All okay? Ready, set … go!