Do the job Abroad – five Issues You Will Adore & Dislike about Working Abroad
What you need to know about doing the job overseas. The best & worst sections of international assignments and doing the job overseas.
From get the job done permits & a stalled profession to great weekends & ex-pat rewards there are lots of issues you need to contemplate when doing the job overseas.
Filmed in Vienna, Austria
Copyright Mark Wolters 2014

47 thoughts on “Do the job Abroad – five Issues You Will Adore & Dislike about Working Abroad

  1. Hi , I have a question. I'm currently in my 3rd year in highschool and I want to get a masters degree as an IT and I was wondering if its possible to get a job abroad as an IT with masters degree and a Visa ?

  2. Hi Wolter. I've been to Europe about 3 times in the last five years mostly Vienna Austria. I work and live in the U.S. at the moment as a truck driver/heavy equipment op. is it difficult to get a job like the ones I just mentioned in Vienna and how do you go about finding information about jobs like that?

  3. Hi Dr,

    I am very happy to listen most of your videos the 5 negatives and positives side, it really inspired me. FYI, i'm doing my PhD in Malaysia. Im a Malaysian, planning to work in Canada after.

    I am aware of ur ability to fly around the globe by having phd. Whats your phd actually dr? Are the other side flipping ur CV for publications to be one of their employees (lecturer) or other requirements? I would love to know that.

    Last, can i quote your statement on positive sides working abroad?

    Love to hear from you.


  4. Thanks for all the videos, mate. I've been living and studying abroad for the past 10 years. I'm 29 now and lived in Cuba, Mexico, the UK, Catalonia, Sri Lanka and back in Germany. Although I'm German, the latter felt very "abroad" since I haven't really been there in my adult life.

    One of the things I hated about living abroad, especially outside of Europe, is that people always assume you're better off financially than they are. I studied for most of the time I was abroad or just did some very small entry-level jobs. When you live abroad, you don't have any family to go with on weekend trips who are happy to pay for you, no uncle that you can visit an afternoon and who gives you €50. All you have is your salary or scholarship and you have to pay for everything yourself, accommodation, bills and food.

    On the plus side, you get to meet so many different and interesting people that you can always visit when you want to get away. For the past years, I have been to many different cities around the globe and not once had to pay for a hotel because I could always visit my friends. They're now my new global family.

    There are many more good than bad things of living abroad in my opinion and like you said, if there weren't we would've probably gone back home already. I have worked in jobs I didn't even know existed, been to unpronounceable places, lived in extreme climate, feared for my life, been to dozens of different religions' places of worship, know how to survive in half a dozen languages… My friends back home had different experiences while I was away, but I don't want to miss one minute of living abroad. It is hard to describe the feeling of constant excitement, awe and discovery it gives you, the way it broadens your mind and makes you a better and perhaps more humble person.

    If you think of moving abroad, don't think too much. Just do it. When I went for the first time, I had €50 in my hand, a couch through and a plane ticket (Easyjet, nothing fancy).

  5. Aw man, that bit with getting the work permit and visas is just weighing it down for me. It seems almost impossible for a non-EU citizens! I was thinking of getting a masters degree in the UK and hopefully get a work experience there afterwards. But reading about the tough immigration policies for foreigners working there discourages me a lot! Now I'm thinking of looking elsewhere, you got any tips for working in Germany or Austria after getting a degree there? How "tough" is it compared to the UK for non-EU citizens? Thanks in advance, Mark! Your videos are always very entertaining and informative. :)

  6. Hey Mark, question…

    Do these "Hate" things also apply to someone who wants to permanently move abroad (ex: Myself from California to Switzerland)? I want to live there for good and not just be temporary but would these also apply to me? As in the work permits, visas, finding a job, etc. 

    Thanks for your time! 

  7. Could you do a video specifically on teaching at a university level abroad? would it be wise to get a masters/phd abroad to be considered a profession such as this one if one is condering teaching abroad? :)

  8. Hopefully free Martial arts lesson while living/working abroad whether it's Kyokushin Karate, Judo, Hwa Rang do, Hapkido, Capoeira, San Shou, Muay Thai, Wushu, Xing Yi Quan or Sambo (Russian Hybrid Martial Art). I would love to level up my MArtial arts skills.

  9. Another great video. I certainly agree that working abroad can provide lots of valuable travel opportunities that are just not available in one's home country.  And the more qualifications you have, the easier it can be, though as you have indicated, it may not be quite so easy for one's spouse. However, if one is a university academic, it can become a key to global mobility, opening up even more opportunities.

  10. Hello Dr Wolter,

    So I am interested in South Korea and I noticed the pics of China there early on in the video. I was wondering have you ever been there and is it a possible future destination? It is a bit of a dark horse of the asian tourism market being overshadowed by neighbouring countries like China and Japan. Thanks anyway mate. 

  11. very good advice Mark.  Also, depending on where you go in the world, you might need an International Certificate of Vaccination and/or International Drivers Permit if driving.  

  12. Hey Mark, if I may add something: you can find a lot of teaching jobs (teaching English) in Poland with only a Bachelors. However, it is vital you stay away from the small towns and villages if you don't know Poland well. In Eastern Europe, there are many reputable organizations in the cities that you can work at. I learned the hard way! 

  13. I have to say your probably one of the luckiest guy's in the world! To be able to see the world and to take in the culture and people of different countries has to be amazingly eye opening! Yes I'm jealous lol. Enjoy your videos! Thanks for the advice even though I probably won't be able to ever to travel to Europe but if I ever do then your videos will be more than useful! 

  14. Hello Wolter ! thnx for the videos which i checked before my trips to central europe ! do you think I can still enroll in a phd (monetary economics) at 35 y.o ? ( I mean, can i still be competitive at this age in the european market?)

  15. I would temper Love #4 by saying it's not going to be a year-long vacation.  You'll still have a job to do, a family to take care of, and so forth.  Also, if you're traveling as a family, give them some extra attention and make sure they're doing okay.  On our first trip, my wife got a little stir crazy because we were living in a small (by American standards) apartment, she didn't speak the language well enough to socialize with the neighbors, and everyday tasks were all just a bit more frustrating.  I learned to make a point of asking what she wanted to do and taking her to do those things.

  16. Hi Mark. Great and informative video, I never new that without an advanced degree, you will not have much of  chance to get a job abroad.  What is your Ph.D in?

  17. That's a good list.  There are some definite downsides.  Some of which are really big.  But there are some big upsides in exploring and living in other cultures.  I would love to do it but never had the chance so far.  I don't have a PHD like you said so it is difficult.  There are limited opportunities in the E.U. without an advanced degree.  The work visa is hard to get.  The U.S. State department is difficult to get into and has limited opportunities.  Plus you get assigned some place you may not want to be.

  18. I can say the internship i had in Canada was one of the most amazing experiences for me so far! It´s amazing how it can change you, encourage you to face new challenges and earn more self-confidence. Thanks Mark for this video good as usual

  19. I've been teaching abroad and then working as a consultant overseas for 26 years now, Mark. I agree with all that you've said here and have enjoyed dozens of your other videos. I have visited 29 countries and 60+ cities since 1990. It has been a true adventure. I meant to write you after visiting Vienna a couple of years ago and didn't. So now…a long overdue, THANK YOU! You have provided so many people with a valuable service. Your good humor, your positive attitude, and your informative videos have gone a long way to make us feel comfortable as we travelled from place to place.

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