Best Practices for Securing an International Business Job Overseas:

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 | 1 comment

More and more professionals and college graduates are finding that good paying jobs can be hard to come by in the United States.  To better their odds, some people are considering obtaining an international business degree and seeking employment in other countries.

Working in another country is not a decision to be taken lightly, but can be immensely rewarding.  It is important to take the time to do some research and to make sure that working in your career field is a possibility in your chosen country.  Not all fields of study are in demand in all cultures, and not all countries require the same qualifications for certain careers.

Plan Early:

If you have decided that working in a foreign country is something you would like to do, it is best to start planning early.  Below are some steps, besides acquiring an international business degree, which can be taken to ease your transition into a new culture and lifestyle and some that can be taken to make you a more attractive candidate to the companies hiring there.

Research the Country: 

First, you need to find out as much as possible about the country you intend to work in.  Studying there is a great idea but not always possible.  If you cannot study there, you should try to travel there, or at the very least speak to expats living there.  Always be open to the possibility of an internship, even if you have work experience.  Even if the pay is poor or non-existent, the experience will prove invaluable.  On the ground experience is the best way to know if you will enjoy living in that country.

Learn the Language:

Second, you need to learn the language of the country you intend to work in.  It is not necessary that you be fluent, but you should be able to ask basic questions and understand basic directions.  This will not only make your life easier once you get there, but will convince any possible employers that you are serious in your desire to work for them.


To find an internship or prospect, it is a good idea to join a professional organization related to your field.  Joining organizations and associations is a great way to make contacts, find job listings and open a few doors that would otherwise remain closed to you.

Be Flexible:

Finally, although you may have a target country in mind or you may be looking for a career that will last a lifetime, it is important that you be flexible.  If an opportunity arises that is not where you expected to travel to, or only lasts a short time, take it.  It will still be a great way to get on track to your ultimate career goals.

There are almost no guarantees in life, so by following these practices you cannot be assured that your international business degree will be put to good use.  However, not taking the time to put these tips into practice will most assuredly limit the probability of you successfully finding employment abroad.


This is a guest blog by Blake Pappas.  Blake is passionate about education and international business.  When not writing and working, Blake is busy planning his next international excursion with friends or exercising.  You can reach him at

One Comment

  1. Hi Blake. You’ve put together a great post here. You make a really interesting point about flexibilty. It’s a fantastic way to gain a broad range of experiences.

    Best wishes, Alex

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