The transferable skills you acquire from a study abroad experience, including language ability, global and cultural awareness, and maturity, rank high among the skills employers seek in candidates.
Permission to Work
You are required to have a work permit in order to work legally while abroad. When going through a formal program to find a position, they will assist you in the process of obtaining these papers. However, when finding something on your own, you will need to do the research to determine what the guidelines are for the country in which you are planning to work.
- For additional information about visas and work authorization, review the Country Guides on Goinglobal.
The work permit will be the primary document you will need to work overseas, however, you will also need to consider other things, such as: Your ability to conduct business in the country's primary language, obtaining or renewing your current passport, securing the visa, health insurance, money, and finding a place to live.
Study Abroad Tips
- Meet with a career coach before you leave to develop a job search and networking strategy.
- To maximize the likelihood of gaining experience abroad, consider all types of opportunities, including short-term paid opportunities, internships, and volunteering.
- Arrange informational interviews to make an initial introduction to potential employers before you leave.
- Keep in contact with job-related contacts, so you can take advantage of this network upon your return.
- Check NYU CareerNet, the Wasserman Center website, and other job sites while you are away.
- Identify transferable skills and new skills that you are developing while you are abroad, including language, adaptability, flexibility, maturity, and cultural sensitivity.
- Experience the international work culture while you are abroad by keeping abreast of industry news in your host country and speaking to your site director about the possibility of arranging an internship or volunteer experience with an organization that interests you.
- Consider arranging a cluster of interviews and flying home for a few days especially if you are spending two semesters abroad and it is financially feasible. Make sure to confirm the interviews before you invest in this option.
Global Career Resources
Virtual Career Coaching
Goinglobal is a country-specific career and employment database containing more than 80,000 pages of constantly-updated information on topics such as: work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups and cultural/interviewing advice. World-wide job openings, internship listings, and corporate profiles are also included. Log in to NYU CareerNet > Resources.
Global Career Ambassadors
The Wasserman Center's peer educators, known as Wasserman Career Ambassadors, support and promote the mission of the Wasserman Center. Career Ambassadors encourage NYU students to actively participate in their own career development through self assessment, major and career exploration, decision-making and job-search analysis.
Global Mentor Network
The NYU Wasserman Center Student & Alumni Career Connections LinkedIn group gives students access to NYU alumni who have overseas experience. The group is a great resource for learning about a particular culture as well as country specific job search and recruitment strategies.