Interested in working abroad? Check out our suggestions below and start your international career!
FIND JOBS ABROAD
The purpose of EURES is to provide information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching) services for the benefit of workers and employers as well as any citizen wishing to benefit from the principle of the free movement of persons. Other than a Job Mobility Portal, it has a human network of more than 850 advisers that are in daily contact with jobseeker and employers across Europe.
Your first EURES Job is an initiative from EURES that helps young people find a job in another EU country matching jobseekers’ skills with the employers’ offers and offering support and funding.
The British Council's website highlights several opportunities for you to work, study or volunteer abroad. It's worth having a look at if you are interested in teaching abroad.
This European Union's initiative, creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. You can register when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start your placement until you are over 18. The Corps works as a pool of young people who register their interest to take part in solidarity-related projects (volunteering and/or working). When you register, your details will be held in the European Solidarity Corps system, which will allow organisations to search the database for young people for their projects. You will also be able to look for opportunities once you are registered.
A European Solidarity Corps Job is a full-time work practice that can last from 3 to 12 months in the UK or abroad. It will be remunerated by the organisation employing you. You will have a clear idea of what to expect before it starts, as there will be a written employment contract agreed in advance.
INTERNSHIPS AND TRAINEESHIPS
Ready to hit the job market but not much experience? Get started with a traineeship or internship to learn the necessary skills.
An Erasmus+ traineeship allows UK students and recent graduates to carry out a work experience placement in one of 33 countries across Europe, and even beyond, as part of their degree. Erasmus+ will help provide the funding through your institution, but you must apply for the work placements yourself.
Erasmus+ also offers apprenticeships and other vocational training placements across Europe, for UK students of colleges and further education.
Traineeships with EU institutions
Multiple times a year you will be able to apply for a traineeship in one of the European institutions. Check when these opportunities will become available and find out more about the different opportunities.
- European Commission traineeships
- European Parliament traineeships
- Council of the European Union traineeships
- European Committee of the Regions traineeships
Erasmus Intern provides a place where companies and organisations can publish their internship offers and search for interns, and where students that want to do an internship abroad can have their profiles, search and apply for internships vacancies.
Eurasmus is a platform connecting individuals with companies, and helping students apply online for international placements.
Erasmus in School is a portal where you can find language teaching assistant jobs at schools worldwide, either for summer term or a full academic year. Depending on the project, schools may offer free local language classes, teaching certificates and accommodation. The opportunities are being posted on an ongoing basis, so you can browse the offers and apply anytime.
Popular online platform with international programmes, many of them involve teaching English abroad and are well-matched for English native speakers.
Platform collecting thousands of international opportunities, combining working, learning and travelling. Paid internships are highly competitive and can require a bit of extra elbow grease to get started.
What is Europass? Five documents to make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe:
Two documents freely accessible, completed by European citizens:
- the Curriculum Vitae helps you present your skills and qualifications effectively and clearly. You can create your CV online using tutorials or download the template, examples and instructions;
- the Language Passport is a self-assessment tool for language skills and qualifications. You can create your Language Passport online using tutorials or download the template, examples and instructions.
Three documents issued by education and training authorities:
- the Europass Mobility records the knowledge and skills acquired in another European country;
- the Certificate Supplement describes the knowledge and skills acquired by holders of vocational education and training certificates;
- the Diploma Suplement describes the courses and qualifications acquired by holders of higher education certificates.
YouRock is a free, multi-language, employability networking tool designed to support young people in their search for employment. It helps users to:
- Identify their professional work skills;
- Build a dynamic profile showing their primary skill groups;
- Create a portfolio of online content showing their skills.
It helps employers to:
- Identify proactive new employees with specific skills;
- See international candidates in any of the system languages.
Tools like these are excellent for taking stock of what you’re good at. You may think you have great communication skills, but do you have any experience to back that up? Maybe you didn’t realise that your Saturday night sewing club projects are helping you to develop organisational skills. YouRock can help you phrase your hobbies, interests and personality traits in an employer-friendly way. You’ll be ticking interview boxes in no time!
Is your inner entrepreneur dying to get out? Find out how to start your own business in another EU country.
It is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries. The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm. The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.
- Get inspired by Angela's story and her Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs stay in Malta!
The Enterprise Europe Network is the world's largest support network for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) with international ambitions. It has 3,000 experts across 600 member organisations in more than 60 countries. Member organisations include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, and research institutes.
It provides information on the rights of EU citizens. If you have any questions about travel, work & retirement, vehicles, residence formalities, education & youth, health, family or consumers, Your Europe is the place to go.