Opportunities overseas - jobs, placements and internships
An international outlook can give you a much sharper edge in your personal and career development because increasing mobility in the employment market creates more competition as well as opening up opportunities.
Opportunities are out there for students and graduates of all disciplines, even if you do not yet speak a foreign language. Sensitivity to other cultures (particularly an understanding of the workplace culture in a given country), your attitude, mind-set and enthusiasm are just as important as linguistic ability, if not more so in some respects. Similarly, skills that linguists possess, including communication, networking and analytical thinking, can help them to break into many different professional areas in the UK or abroad, including ones which you might not expect such as management consulting or tax consultancy.
The University's International Development Office (IDO) supports opportunities for students to work and study abroad. See further information on the IDO's web pages, including details of scholarships and bursaries which may be available when studying or working abroad. Also ask your departmental year abroad coordinator for advice and information.
Starting points for information on living and working abroad:
- Work experience abroad on the Prospects website
- TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is a popular option – see the job profile on the Graduate Prospects website
- English Language Training Services at Swansea University trains new teachers to achieve the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification. You can follow the ELTS CELTA blog here.
- On the TARGETjobs website:
- Gap year opportunities on the Graduate Prospects website
- Our employers’ talks programme includes organisations recruiting for work experience opportunities abroad.
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides travel advice and country specific information.
- The British Council's Study Work Create initiatives - focusing on opening up international opportunities for young people and professionals from all over the UK
- The Directgov public services website also offers advice about travel and living abroad.
- International JobOnline - developed by the Careers Group at the University of London.
- EURES, the European jobs network, links the public employment services in Europe .
- Eurograduate - European graduate career guide
- Europass - take your skills with you: The Europass initiative was designed by The European Commission to help people to make their skills and qualifications easily understood in and around Europe. See the UK National Europass Centre's website for information on the Europass documents and the UK NEC's services.
- ECTARC (European Centre for Training and Regional Co-operation) runs the Leonardo da Vinci EU vocational training programme for Wales. They offer 3 month work placements in European Countries, with free transport and accommodation. (You need some basic language skills).
- See country profiles on the BBC's website giving historical, political and economic background information on a wide variety of countries and key institutions.