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Earning while learning: Find a job as an international student

Many countries allow international students to make the most of their time abroad by working. They understand that earning while learning, getting in touch with the culture, growing your network or even developing a portfolio or resume with a first professional job overseas can be a decisive factor while searching for international destinations. 

But job-hunting as an international student can be difficult, as employers may be unaware of cultural differences and visa requirements. That’s why we have prepared this guide with recommendations from our students and experts:

  1. Rules and regulations: 

Keep a track of rules and regulations that affect your employment status in the country you have chosen. While countries like Canada, Ireland, Australia or England allows to work up to 20 hours maximum per week during term-time and full-time during holiday breaks, other countries may have different conditions. 

Talk to your education expert to be aware of your work entitlement and limitations. They will also be able to help you understand any other paperwork required to start working. 

2. Reframe your resume for your new country:

This may sound obvious, but did you know that the way we present ourselves in a resume can change from one country to the other?

For example, while some countries prefer resumes with photos and age, in others with more rigid discrimination laws this is not something you should include.

You expert will be able to give you some advice to polish your CV according to your destination. 

3. Use your college/university resources:

Many campuses offer career services. Have a meeting with your coach to get advice on companies potentially interested in people with your profile, how to improve your resume to make it more appealing and to get informed about their career fairs or the recruitment agencies nearby. 

4. Boost your employability: 

Many companies will ask for professional references, however, they are not willing to call companies overseas. Finding a job as a volunteer or intern will help you get some hands-on experience in the field you’re interested and can also lead to a local recommendation letter. 

5. Attend events and grow your network:

 Growing your network is a key factor to enhance your possibilities to work.  

Attending events like the Startup Weekend will help you meet like-minded people, passionate about their careers or looking for starting a new enterprise. By having the opportunity to show them what you’re capable of, you will potentially find more opportunities. 

Apps like Meetup will help you meet people with similar interest, both in your professional life as for entertainment.

6. Use your entrepreneurial skills: 

 Several employers value the Entrepreneurial skills that a potential employee has. If you are struggling to find an opportunity that suits your needs, then create it. 

Some of our Sofiri students have successfully run language and dancing classes or provided services as freelancers. 

7. Be online:

Use job-search sites, connect with people in your industry via LinkedIn and advertise your qualifications, achievements and experience, join Facebook groups related to your industry (there are always groups like “Small Business Network in (city)-. 

Do you want to take the first step and talk with an expert about your possibilities to earn while you learn in an international destination?

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