Working abroad

Does adventure beckon? That’s great news, as global and multicultural experience can help you develop the adaptability, resilience and professional skills valued by employers. It can also be rewarding and a lot of fun. What’s not to like? You may be wondering:

  • Where can I go? 
  • What could I do? 
  • How do I find opportunities?

This page will help to answer those questions and start to navigate opportunities abroad.

*Please note although the information about working in Europe is current, this may change as the details of Britain’s departure from the EU develop. Covid-19 has led to many programmes abroad being suspended but this situation will evolve. Keep an open mind and closely monitor the advice from providers and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Where can I go?

Basically anywhere! Hallam students and graduates have been as close as France or as far as South Africa. Some key pointers:

  • Until 31 December 2020, UK citizens can live and work in the EU just as they can now. Any changes thereafter will be announced, and detailed updates should be found on gov.uk. You can also find updates about Erasmus+ opportunities. Demand for the movement of talent between the UK and the rest of Europe is anticipated to continue.  
  • Countries such as New Zealand, Canada and Japan offer working holiday visas . For full details about working in individual countries, visit the country profiles on TARGETjobs and Prospects.

What could I do?

The possibilities are limitless. The information and advice below will get you started, but if you can’t find exactly what you want, or aren’t sure, keep asking questions and doing research.

  • SHU Go Global - support for Hallam students to engage in a range of global opportunities, including study, trips and work experience.
  • Internships and exchanges - paid, partially funded and low cost examples include ErasmusIntern (Europe), AIESEC Global Talent Scheme and various programmes offered by the British Council
  • Volunteering - funded and low cost examples include AIESEC Global Volunteering, International Citizenship Service and Raleigh International. There are lots of programmes available but some charge high fees. Research the cost, quality and ethics of such programmes carefully. 
  • Temporary and seasonal work - mostly in the hospitality and tourism sector. Summer camp work in the USA is also popular. UniHub is a good starting point to find these opportunities.  
  • Graduate roles in the public sector and non governmental organisations (NGOs) - for example the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or the UN. 
  • Graduate schemes in a global company, for example, DHL and Aviva.  
  • Teaching - in an international school (for qualified teachers), or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), which is open to students and graduates from a range of subjects. There are some TEFL opportunities aimed specifically at students and graduates, such as the British Council English Language Assistant scheme, JET Programme in Japan.  
  • International students could find the GradLink suite of websites useful to connect with global graduate employers.

What can I do now?

  • Monitor the evolving travel situation. Research potential opportunities and register an interest.
  • Build your multicultural experience and awareness whilst studying in Sheffield. Get involved with Going global on campus, which offers a Culture Connect mentoring scheme and a Global Citizenship portfolio.  
  • Develop foreign language skills. These aren’t necessarily needed, but could be beneficial. You may have the chance to take a language elective on your course, or do free courses on websites such as OpenLearn and apps such as DuoLingo.
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