Finding jobs around the world

Having a PhD can make you employable on a global basis. Approached with careful planning and preparation, working overseas can:

• enhance your employability
• give you a chance to learn a new language
• offer a culturally enriching experience

Here are our top tips to make the most from your time abroad.

Decide what you want to gain from working overseas. 

• Where do you want to go and what do you want to do?
• How will time abroad benefit your career?
• What challenges will you face and how will you deal with them?
• How long do you want to spend overseas?
• What will you do when you return?

Research the country you’d like to work in.

As well as exploring living expenses and cultural differences, researching the state of the country’s job market for your particular sector is essential prep work.

• Has it been hit by the global recession?
• Is it growing or going through a period of change?
• What can you earn?
• Which skills are in short supply?

You can find answers to these questions, and much more, by using the country guides feature from Going Global. If the country you’re interested in isn’t listed, try TARGETjobs or Prospects.

Check visa requirements.

Find out when and how you have to apply – each country is different!  You may need a job offer in before you can get a visa.  If you already have a job offer in place, sometimes your employer can arrange your visa for you.

Going Global is a good starting point for information, but for the most up-to-date visa info, we recommend visiting the country’s UK-based embassy or high commission website.

Look before you leap! 

Once you’re clear on where you’re going and how to get there, start looking for jobs. For many countries you will need a job offer to gain entry to the country on anything other than a tourist visa.  Our Working outside the UK page is not an exhaustive list of all the job sites in the world, but we’ve broken it down by continent to help set your search in motion.

You could take an even more direct approach. Many organisations who come on campus, for presentations or events, are multinational, so why not go along and ask about their international opportunities?

Give your CV a (cultural) makeover! 

Don’t assume your UK-style CV will have the same impact when applying for jobs abroad.   For example, some countries insist on a photo being included and others won’t read more than one page.  Read our advice on preparing CVs for other countries to make sure your CV stands out for the right reasons!

If you’re an international student and would like more information about finding work in your home country, have a look at the resources listed under Returning to your home country.


Need more help?

For more information about how to access help from the Careers Service, see our Support page.


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