Finding English-speaking jobs abroad

Finding English-speaking jobs abroad

Sign up now

Can I get a job abroad speaking English?

If you’re keen to travel the world and broaden your horizons, one way to fulfil your wanderlust is to work abroad.

Working abroad can be a great way to discover the real country behind the tourist attractions, while living and working with people abroad mean that you have a greater chance of becoming proficient, if not fluent, in a new language as part of the experience.

While it is always easier if you are fluent in the host country’s language, only speaking English shouldn’t stop you and there are plenty of jobs abroad for English speakers.

 

Jobs in English-speaking countries

The most obvious way to land an English-speaking role abroad is to work in a country where English is the first language. The USA, Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and many African and Caribbean countries are all fantastic destinations where English is the first language. If you’re looking for jobs abroad for English speakers, this might be the first port of call.

The challenge is that many are desirable locations and you may only be able to get a visa if you have eligible skills. For example, engineers are in demand in Australia, while construction and infrastructure is a priority in New Zealand. In addition, Canada is a bilingual nation and proficiency in English and French will be part of the skills assessment.

 

How to get a job teaching English abroad

One way to get over the language barrier is to teach English abroad. There are numerous online and in-person courses to achieve Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification.

The average time it takes to complete the course is about three months, but you do have some flexibility. You can progress faster through an online course or take an intensive course to complete the TEFL certificate quicker if you’re in a hurry. You’ll also have to allow time after you’re qualified to search for the right role and there are plenty of online sites advertising English teaching jobs abroad. If you’ve got your heart set on a certain country, you may want to move over and then apply and interview once you’re in country – this has some risk, but you may be able to make more of an impression in person than over Skype.

TEFL certification will help you work in a variety of countries, and while you may not need to be proficient in another language to teach, you will find that your own foreign language skills will improve dramatically with English teaching jobs abroad.

 

How to move abroad and get a job

There are many ways to achieve your goal if you want to move abroad and get a job. There are many opportunities where your language skills may be irrelevant. This may be more menial work such as fruit picking, but you may find that this is a great way to build your language skills while you earn a little money to move on. In the long term, you might be able to find more skilled roles thanks to your new proficiency.

However, it’s not simply a choice between moving to an English-speaking nation, teaching or accepting more menial work. There are plenty of roles across the world where speaking English won’t be a barrier. For example, tour guides across the world are often required to speak English to cater to the international audience, and so you could find yourself exploring a magical city like Paris for a living. Global industries such as pharmaceuticals, software or digital technology also welcome English-speaking staff in skilled and senior roles from communications to engineering and product development.

How can we help you work abroad?

No matter where the job, we trade in over 100+ currencies

No matter where the job, we trade in over 120+ currencies

24/7 access wherever your dream job takes you

24/7 access wherever your dream job takes you

Personalised FX products to make the most of your new wage

Personalised foreign exchange products to make the most of your money

Making the most of your international payments account

Make a payment

Make a payment

No matter how big the transfer, we are ready to send your global payment.

Find out more
Regular payments

Regular payments

Hassle free international payments for when you need to send them on a regular basis.

Find out more
Online account

Online account

Access your funds 24/7, ensuring you can get to your money whenever you need to.

Find out more
Guidance making the best start working abroad

Guidance making the best start working abroad

Our News Hub has plenty of tips, tricks and money saving articles on how to work abroad the hassle-free way

Read more
Refer a friend and you will both get £75.

Refer a friend and you will both get £75.

Tell your friends about moneycorp and you’ll both get £75 when they exchange £2,500 within 3 months. T&Cs apply.

Learn more