Studying abroad is a really valuable experience. But working abroad is sometimes even more exciting. As soon as you arrive in a foreign country to study, you will see that some extra money to your monthly budget would be very much helpful. In addition, nothing can give you better language practice than socializing in a foreign environment. Of course, it won’t be too easy to find a job abroad if you are just a student, but you should be aware of these 5 key secrets how to do it:
- Look for part-time jobs
Since you are a student and cannot dedicate all your time to work, part-time jobs will be the best for you. In addition, the employers are more likely to hire students to work part-time. Remember that the first reason you are in a foreign country is your education. Don’t let your job interfere. If you study in a big city, the commuting can be really stressful. In your busy day schedule, you simply cannot afford to look for a job somewhere far from your college or university. Focus of jobs somewhere really close to your study or apartment area.
- Don’t try to find a very well-paid and prestigious job
In foreign countries, the privilege is usually given to local students. You just need to remember that you are looking for a job to add some extra money to your monthly budget, enrich your cultural awareness, enhance your communicational skills and add valuable experience to your CV. Don’t spend much time looking for a perfect job – find something that fits your schedule and lets you communicate with native speakers a lot.
- Don’t get into legal trouble
Some countries have certain immigration laws related to working students from abroad. Basing on them, you cannot exceed your working hours specified by your student visa. Getting into the trouble with the law is not something you will be excited about in a foreign country, won’t you?
- Look in different sectors
Different agricultural jobs like fruit picking or farming might be something you will be fond of. Or if you prefer hotel business, look for available job openings in the hotels or motels in the preferred area. It can also be quite easy to find a job in a retail industry (in a supermarket, clothes store, etc.) and cafes, bars or restaurants. Don’t be too demanding to your job abroad – but first look at those sectors that you like the most.
- Private services
Your personal skills and achievements might turn out to be really helpful in a foreign country. If your native tongue is quite popular as a second language here, you can become a good tutor for those who want to study or practice it. Lessons with a native speaker might be quite expensive and this is a good chance for you to earn a bit. Or you can offer some babysitting services in your preferred area. You could thus have a flexible schedule and earn a bit while studying.
Or alternatively, you could just work at home via the Internet. As an option, you can be a blogger, social media marketer, or designer. You can even try reaching out to the companies in your area, show them your resume and if you are lucky, they might invite you for a face-to-face meeting.
In fact, there are quite a lot of ways to spend free from study time for use in a foreign country. It will be a valuable experience that will ease your job search process right after graduation.
BIO: Sophia Clark is a creative writer from New York who loves to share her thoughts with readers. In her free time, she enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it. Her big dream is to publish a novel one day. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.