Not everyone wants to move abroad to enjoy a more sedate life. For the career-minded, moving overseas offers a change of scenery and a host of new opportunities. You might find doors open for you, that your skills and experience are more appreciated, or that you are better compensated for your hard graft.
Here are five great opportunities for expats in different countries around the world.
Estate Agent in the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is home to some of the most impressive buildings in the world and as an estate agent, you could help sell them. From stunning villas to luxurious apartments, there’s plenty on the market that needs selling. The earnings can be impressive – more than enough to see you living in a superb property of your own. The average monthly salary for an estate agent in the UAE is over AED 30,000 (£5,375) per month, while many international companies looking to recruit candidates to go and work there are offering six-figure sums as well as benefit packages.
Doctor in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is one of the best places to be a doctor in terms of salary. While general practitioners can expect to earn a similar average yearly salary as they would in the UK, at around £77,000, specialists can earn on average more than £165,000. You’ll be earning much more than the minimum income required by expats for living in Holland, which is currently around £800 for singles and £1,150 for married couples. As a medical professional you’ll be able to apply for ‘highly skilled migrant’ status, which fast-tracks you through the immigration application process. You may also be eligible for a tax exemption, which is given by the Dutch government to help expats cover the costs associated with living away from their home country.
English Teacher in China
Unlike some of the other jobs on this list, which require a university degree or significant professional experience, you only need to be a native English speaker in order to be eligible for many overseas teaching programs. There are many different roles available for someone wanting to teach English, from working in state schools to offering private tuition or coaching for business professionals. Many Chinese families want their children to learn English and will often pay considerable sums for the opportunity. You can earn a minimum of CNY 6000 (£600) per month without any experience, while an experienced teacher can expect a salary of around CNY 14000 (£1,400). Around £650 per month is required to live comfortably in China with some money spare to enjoy yourself, so netting a top teaching job will allow you to make the most of your new home.
Executive in India
Around 35,000 expats work in Indian companies, which seems a small fraction compared to the company’s massive 1.2 billion strong population. However it is estimated that a fifth of Indian companies employ expats to work executive-level jobs, including as members of the board and even CEOs. Indian companies are expanding globally and with this expansion comes a desire to hire foreign professionals who can help drive growth and open doors in overseas markets. English is the primary language for business, so as a native speaker you will have a strong advantage when applying for roles.
Engineer in Germany
As a highly industrialised country with a strong economic output, Germany is always on the lookout for skilled engineers. The country has a low employment rate and research carried out between 2010 and 2011 found that 33% of non-EU migrants in Germany found work within 12 months. No matter where you come from, if you have a university degree or relevant vocational qualification, some experience on your CV and a knowledge of basic German, you could be earning €60,000 – €70,000. Additional job benefits can be extremely good as well – company cars are common in Germany and are often expensive models. Companies buy 85% of the high-end cars sold in Germany each year, compared to 20% in the USA.
Land Your Dream Job Overseas
The jobs listed here are just five of the many opportunities open to expats across the world. Different countries have different demands for skills and experience. You’ll find countries around the world are happy to welcome those who want to work hard and contribute to their economies. So what are you waiting for? Time to polish that CV and get job hunting!
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