Before graduating university, I heard horror stories:
“There are no jobs!”
“I’ve applied to hundreds of places but no one is getting back to me!”
“I swear, no one is hiring!”
I had friends that were unemployed for months after graduating college. So when I landed a job 8,000 miles away (before I even graduated), most people were pretty shocked. “How did you even find that job?”
That is the power of Google, my friend.
After deciding where in New Zealand I wanted to live (hours of Googling), I Googled “Public Relations Agency in Nelson, New Zealand.” This brought up a few different results. There were 6 agencies that came up. I emailed 4 of them. Three responded, two not hiring and one magical email from my current boss who said this was perfect timing because she was looking for help as she expanded the company. Eek!
We emailed back and forth for about a month, Skyped once, and then she hired me as a Junior Consultant for her company. This is basically my dream job because 1) I am in New Zealand, 2) I have a flexible schedule, 3) my boss is cool as hell, and 4) did I mention that I AM IN NEW ZEALAND!?!?
You may be thinking…“wow, that sounds too good to be true!” Well, I got really lucky. Or maybe it was just the fact that I work my ass off in college and have the skills to land a job like this. All the internships….all the student organizations….all the blood, sweat, and tears finally paid off. Ok it wasn’t that bad but it was extremely stressful.
If you want to work abroad in New Zealand, I recommend looking on Trade Me (New Zealand’s Craigslist). New Zealand has a list of skill shortages list which you can find here. They were offering a $3,000 sign-on bonus for engineers to help with the rebuilding of Christchurch after the earthquake in 2010 (hint, hint NDSU engineers!!!). As I mentioned in How to Get a Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand, companies like BUNAC can get you access into job boards that have companies looking for temporary workers.
If you aren’t able to find a job in your field, there are other options that might not pay, but give you another resource in exchange. WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) allows you to work on an organic farm in exchange for accommodations and/or food. This is a great option if you want to travel long-term.
Workaway.info is similar to WWOOFing but you don’t necessarily have to work on a farm. People from all over the world post what they need help with and what they are willing to exchange for your help. There are many opportunities such as tutoring, maintenance, building things, website management, taking care of animals, and much more. The exchange is typically free accommodations and food but you might be able to find some other options as well.
There are a lot of different options when it comes to working abroad. I encourage you to do a bit of your own Googling to see what sort of options there are in your field. Even if you have to take a farming or waitressing job for a few months, I think it’s totally worth it if you get to explore the world.
Have you worked abroad? If you could work abroad anywhere in the world, where would you choose? I’d love to hear from you – leave your comment below!