The information on this page is useful for UK, EU and International students considering international career opportunities.
International work experience provides an opportunity to develop the following skills:
- Cultural sensitivity and awareness
- A global outlook
- Assertiveness and independence
- Working effectively in multicultural teams
- Foreign language skills
- Communication skills
- Flexibility and the ability to adapt to a different culture
- Ability to embrace different perspectives
Where to search for vacancies
Going Global allows you to search a database of world-wide internship and job opportunities. Please note that you can only access this site from the Lancaster University network.
Careers International provides opportunities to network with employers offering international roles.
University of London Careers allows you to search for international jobs filtered by location.
Eurojobs advertises graduate opportunities across Europe.
Global Career Company is useful for sourcing jobs in Africa, Asia and Maghreb.
GradLink UK offers information on employment to international students studying in the UK who are seeking employment in their home countries. They provide links with employers in Africa, China, India and Malaysia. The information on this site is also useful for UK domestic students looking to work abroad.
Entrypark advertises international internships and graduate schemes in the fields of business, engineering and science.
You could also consider looking at graduate schemes that offer international opportunities:
Heineken offer an international graduate programme where you undertake three 6-month assignments in three different countries. You will need to be business fluent in at least three languages of which one must be English.
PWC offer international opportunities.
BG Group’s graduate programme offers you at least one overseas placement.
TUI Travel offers an international graduate leadership programme. You will need to be business fluent in English and fluent in one other language.
This list is not exhaustive therefore it is important to research international opportunities available with other graduate employers. It is also recommended to enquire about possible international opportunities in person at our careers fairs and employer presentations.
Another option to consider is teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL); this is a great way to get a job overseas.
There are a wide range of TEFL courses available and you should research them thoroughly beforehand. Prospects offers detailed information on TEFL.
Check that jobs adverts are legitimate
It is sometimes hard to differentiate between a real job and a scam. It is even more difficult to do so if the job is based abroad where you have less awareness of companies that operate in that area. Here are some key points to consider when assessing whether job opportunities are legitimate or fraudulent:
- Are the job documents professional-looking? If the documents look unprofessional and are poorly written this may suggest that the company requires further investigation.
- Have professional contact details been provided? If the contact email address is not affiliated with the company (for example, a Hotmail or Yahoo email address) consider researching the company and the named contact further.
- Can you find the named contact on LinkedIn? Does their profile match the company that you are applying to?
- Search for the company online. If you are unable to source a company website or company address then this suggests that the job advert may not be trustworthy.
- If you are offered a job without undergoing a formal application process or an interview then seek advice before accepting the job offer.
- Be wary of companies asking you to transfer money or send copies of your identity in advance of commencing employment.
Where to research different countries
Target Jobs offers guides to a range of countries. These guides provide information on the job market, the application process, vacancy sources, visa information and advice on living costs.
The BBC offers guides to history, politics and economic background of countries.
Make sure to refer to the Foreign Office website before accepting a position abroad. This site offers information on visas, insurance, passports and current political climates on over 200 countries.