Post-Grad Panic: I Need a Job!

Post Grad Panic, I Need a Job!

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The school year is over and you still don’t have a job. Some of your friends are still finishing up final exams while others have already started full-time positions. But you’re somewhere in between; no longer a student (technically) but not yet into your career. You’re out there, floating, desperately trying to find that current of success that everyone else seems to be cruising down.

Well take a deep breath, friends; we’ve all been there. Instead of panicking, why not take advantage of this temporary career break? Use this time to do something for yourself before your life is taken over by a full-time job. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider taking a gap year abroad!

Can’t afford it? We saw this coming. That’s why here at GoAbroad we’ve dedicated a section of our website to assisting you with finding jobs abroad. With more than 1,000 job opportunities listed on, you’re sure to find something to pay for your time spent abroad.

Here are a few work abroad opportunities to get you started on your search:


Teaching abroad is becoming a popular way for travelers to explore without racking up travel expenses. If you’re a native English speaker, you can teach English abroad. Teaching abroad jobs can be found all over the world. Since so many institutes from across the globe are hiring English teachers, hours, salary and requirements vary. If you want to earn more money and better your chances of finding a teaching abroad job, becoming certified in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is a good idea. You can become TEFL certified by enrolling in and completing a TEFL class. If you aren’t concerned with the amount of money you make, teaching abroad programs that don’t require TEFL certificates can be found.

Au Pair

Au Pair Abroad

Like English teachers, Au Pairs are in demand and can find work in almost any country. For most programs, Au Pairs are required to be in good health, have at least a high school diploma and be able to pass a background check. Au Pairs are also usually required to be somewhere between the ages of 18 and 30. As an Au Pair, you would live with a host family and take on the responsibility of caring for the family’s children while parents are at work. Your responsibilities may also include running errands and doing light housework. Like many jobs abroad, Au Pairs abroad usually earn enough money to pay for living expenses abroad and do a little traveling once the job ends.


Maybe you aren’t interested in being an Au Pair, camp counselor or ranch hand; you’d rather continue to advance in the field you’re passionate about. If this is the case, you could search for an internship abroad. The downside of internships abroad is that most are unpaid, and many actually require you to pay a fee that covers housing and meals. But don’t let this stop you from applying for internships in other countries. When future hiring managers see that you had a business internship in Germany, it’ll be hard for them to pass you up. If you’re concerned about money, inquire about part-time employment opportunities before accepting an internship abroad.

Find a Career

Are you planning on living abroad for an extended period of time? If so, search GoAbroad for a  full-time, salaried position in your field. Use the drop-box to narrow down your options based on country and job type. Finding and applying for full-time jobs abroad can be a challenge, so if your heart is set on living in a certain country, you can use a job placement company to help you find work. These companies will find jobs for you to apply for and make sure that you have all of the necessary paperwork for living and working in that country. Using a company such as this requires a fee, but it also guarantees that you’ll find a position that fits your interests and skill-sets. You can find different verified job placement companies on under jobs.

If you worked abroad, where would you want to go and what would you want to do? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Want to go abroad but feel overwhelmed by the options? Fill out this form and let us do some of the work for you! Tell us more about what you are interested in and when you want to go. We’ll use this information to search our directory for programs that may interest you. Then we’ll email you our findings!


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4 Responses to “Post-Grad Panic: I Need a Job!”

  1. Marianne
    Monday, 13 May 2013 at 11:15 #

    I’ve been dreaming of studying and working part-time in Scotland next year. Fingers crossed, I will be sending my papers to universities this September along with my CV to job websites.

  2. Bruce Jones
    Monday, 13 May 2013 at 1:24 #

    Here is a great article about new college grads finding thousands of jobs abroad teaching English:

    “International Adventure and Tens of Thousands of Job Opportunities Attract New College Graduates to Teach English Abroad”

  3. Hannah
    Sunday, 28 December 2014 at 5:05 #

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  4. web and mobile developer
    Sunday, 20 November 2016 at 6:52 #

    Great options for finding a job