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Working Abroad

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You may choose to use the skills you have developed over the course of your degree to work abroad. There are many areas of your studies that will translate to an international job market. The following page will give advice on the different opportunities available and link to the specific requirements of individual countries. Bear in mind that advice and opportunities may change as a result of the UK leaving the EU.

Top Tips for applying abroad:

 

You can find region specific information on job markets for popular destinations via these links and also through GoinGlobal on MyCareer (Find information on other countries via Prospects and TARGETjobs):

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China

Prospects summary on working in China

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Europe

TARGETjobs summary on working in Europe

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USA

Prospects summary on working in the USA

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Australia

Prospects summary on working in Australia

Gaining a summer job can be a really valuable way of increasing your experience as well as giving you a sense of what it would be like to work in a different country and equipping you with confidence and resilience. There are a range of different options including summer camps.

The following sites may be useful when searching for a summer job abroad:

  • Season Workers gives information on worldwide seasonal opportunities
  • Picking Jobs shows opportunities for farm and seasonal work globally

Gaining an internship abroad is another way to gain experience of working in a country. Be mindful of whether the opportunity you have found is paid and research the company thoroughly to ensure it is a genuine opportunity.

You can find opportunities via:

  • TARGETjobs
  • iHipo offers information on international opportunities including internships. Be aware that they advertise both paid and unpaid internships.
  • Erasmus Intern post opportunities regularly. Please be aware that the situation in Europe may change as a result of Brexit. Make sure you are up to date with the subject if you are thinking of working in Europe.

Internship Agreements

If you secure an internship abroad in a country such as France or Spain you may be asked for an internship agreement, sometimes referred to as a 'Convention de Stage' or ‘Convenio de Colaboración’. This is a three-way agreement between yourself, the University and the host company.

The University of Southampton can provide you with an internship agreement providing you will be classed as a current student for the whole duration of the internship. 

To request an internship agreement please email the following details to careers@southampton.ac.uk and we will prepare the document for you:

  • Your full name
  • Your student ID number
  • Your expected year of graduation
  • Organisation name
  • Organisation address
  • Named employer contact and job title
  • Exact start and end dates for the internship

Please note that the University cannot sign your agreement form until you have been accepted onto an internship.  We are also unable to sign any document other than our approved template. This procedure is in place to protect you and to ensure you will not be disadvantaged in any way.

Graduate roles are available worldwide and your degree will have prepared you well with transferable and technical skills. As with any application it is important that you do your research! Look into the job market in your chosen country, the company and the role you are seeking. Then you can demonstrate this in your application.

Here are some websites that may be of use in your preparation:

  • GoinGlobal can be acessed through MyCareer and has information on how to apply for international jobs.
  • BBC Country Profiles Gives the political, historical and economic information on countries worldwide.
  • Graduate Land is a career portal for jobs and internships in Europe.
  • iHipo offers information on international jobs including CV advice.

For advice on how to create a tailored CV or interview effectively see our Effective Applications pages or access our Drop-in Service for more advice.

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