How to move to a new country to work for the short-term? (1 year or so.)
April 3, 2007 7:55 PM Subscribe
I am seriously considering moving out of the US for a year. I really want to see a new part of the world, but I don't know where to go, or how to support myself while I'm there. Much
posted by inatizzy to Work & Money (15 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I am looking for advice on how to move abroad and work for about 1 year.
I am a few years out of college and have been working in Boston ever since, which has been a good learning experience but I think I'm getting ready to move on. Since high school, I've wanted to get out and see the world, and now seems like the perfect time - I'm single and in my 20s, and I don't want to look back in 10 years and regret not doing something fantastic with the relatively large amount of freedom I have right now. At the moment I'm working for a startup doing some general office work, and I'm taking graphic design classes thru continuing ed. (Which I am loving, and I want to make a career out of it.)
I am bored with my life and am eager to make a move, but I am also hesitant to do it right now since I don't know if I can find a beginner-level graphic design job in another country. (Why would they hire me, as opposed to a local who has a lot more experience?) I also am hesitant to put my classes on hold for a year, because I am eager to start a career in graphic design and be able to get paid to do it, but I'm afraid I probably still have some learning to do before I can do that.
But I don't think I'm willing to just stay where I am for another year, just for the sake of the classes - so I'm looking to find a place to go for a year that would expose me to a new culture and provide a really enriching experience. Ideally, I could either work in or take classes in graphic design while I'm there. But I can't count on that, and I'm having a hard time figuring out what I *could* do abroad. I guess I could teach English I'm not sure I'm willing to spend the time/money on getting certified.
The places I've considered so far are Spanish-speaking countries because I know some Spanish (Spain would be great but I'm open to others, too), and Italy because it is good for art and would be amazing to see. And, I'd like to be able to fly back home (the midwest) at least a couple of times while I'm there, so I would give extra points to a place where the airfare isn't *too* pricey.
Given all of this, where do you suggest I go, and how could I support myself? Are there groups that can help me find a job?
Thanks in advance for your always-insightful advice.