I'm a young Australian, and I want to work in Asia. How do I make that happen?
I'm in my early twenties, and will be graduating from a BA with a major in Development Studies from a reasonably prestigious Australian university at the end of this year. I've worked in an office part-time while studying for the last couple of years, and my non-degree skills are being able to write reasonably well, and some web/database expertise.
I'm particularly interested in Myanmar (with the sanctions recently listed, I think there are going to be rapid changes in Myanmar that make this a very interesting time there), Malaysia, or China, all places that I have enjoyed visiting. I am also happy to consider other countries in East or South-east Asia.
I don't mind what kind of work of I'm doing - my degree doesn't obviously lend itself to any particular industry or vocation. All I want is to be paid enough to fund accommodation and a lifestyle where I can live comfortably and also travel around the region a bit in my holidays. (To the extent that choices about type of work exist, I am interested in unusual opportunities, like this guy
, who worked as a translator for the North Korean gov't in the 1980s, but unusual positions are even harder to find or organise over the Internet.)
My problem is how to approach finding suitable positions. Googling yields only vague results, and I'm not interested in paying a third-party to find an unpaid "internship". I've applied for a couple of AYAD
positions, but these aren't very flexible, and you can only apply for a limited number. How can I find foreign companies willing/eager to hire a foreigner?
(If you have advice on how I could work for an Australian company while abroad, that would be great too - but I assume this would require working for them in Australia for several years before being transferred, which I'm not so keen on.)