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Contracting Abroad

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by westernkings, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    Hey guys,

    I am wondering abount contracting abroad, specifically the Middle East or East Africa, just for the experience really, somewhere like Nigeria or Saudi Arabia. My question is, where do you even begin to start? also, moving abroad for good to somewhere like Canada or Australia, finding work in Japan etc.

    Where do people go to get these jobs and contracts, how do you start, where do you begin etc.

    Generally just any information and stories people have to share would be good.

    thanks guys.

    :D
     
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  2. Elhaj

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    I got a call from someone the other day from an agency, It was a 3 months contract in Toulouse to work for Motorola as a desktop support technician, with 2 flight tickets a month. unfortunately they were offering £10 per hour:D yeah I know, but think about rent over there and rent for family staying behind in UK, food etc,,, not worth it if you have commitments.
    Basically, I got the call because I speak french.
    I have seen few abroad contracts at Reed and Gumtree too.
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    Moving to Australia is a very tough thing to do, the bureaucracy will make your head explode. If you can bite the bullet and jump through all the hoops, it is worth it. It's a very nice place to live. 8)
     
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  4. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    I have immediate family over there, my Aunt etc. So would that make it easier?
     
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  5. Bluerinse
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    Well a little, because you need a sponser, but you also need points and have to have skills they want. I would recommend taking up hairdessing, as that is what seems to me the easiest route.

    i wish i was joking :ymca
     
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  6. Sparky
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    It was nice knowing you. :biggrin
     
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  7. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    haha, it's been "emotional" :D

    Seriously though guys, does anyone have any constructive information? lol. I have saved up enough to put a decent deposit on a house over here, but im torn between that or jump ship before it sinks and see what is on far flung shores, but where do you even go to get started?
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    I can get you the start you need. Just send me $2500 via Western Union. :twisted:
     
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  9. jk2447

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    I want to work abroad, just for the experience, 18 months maybe. Bluerinse do you know if an MCSE would improve your chances of getting into Oz?
     
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  10. Shinigami

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    My monster profile says I'm free to move around 100% as long as a company is able to help with relocation issues (most do from what I've seen), and I seem to get a call roughly once a month asking if I'd be interested in a job in the UK etc. Unfortunately, these deals are almost always 3-6 month assignments which don't really work out as I'm fully employed and can't take the time off...

    But agencies around the world need to just get your CV in hand and you never know what happens...
     
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  11. Bluerinse
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    No, seriously.. become a hairdresser, that will improve your chances. as i said before... i wish i was joking. :confused3
     
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  12. Bokkie

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    Getting into Oz is not easy and rightfully so which more or less explains why the UK has such a problem maintaining the balance between local and immigrant influx. Australia is a points-based system and it's strictly enforced. Immigration specialists will help smooth things through for a significant cost and the outcome is not guaranteed so you might as well apply through the embassy and let time work itself. IT qualifications are assessed by the Australian equivalent of the BCS and they in turn advise the government on what's relevant and usable.

    Being sponsored is important but not essential. If you are young, medically qualified, prepared to hack it as a cardio-thoracic surgeon in some sweaty fly-infested cattle station you might get in! Seriously, Australia allows immigration on a "needs" requirement not an automatic offer. My wife went through the hoops (midwife, community nurse) and she was given all green lights but we never moved despite having accomodation and financial sponsorship in Adelaide where her brother-in-law is a pathologist. So she was successful but on all other counts I would not have gained entry. The embassy told me it was not Australia's policy to break up the family unit but the feeling I got is that they'd rather reject the whole family than take a 50% risk if you get my meaning. So, be careful.

    Yes, Australia does have a "needs" list for hairdressers.:ohmy

    For other work in Europe websites like jobserve list some positions but usually where you can speak the local language which is fair enough. Try googling for keywords in those countries. Sometimes you'll either find a job site there or links to ads in online papers and other journals. Emigrating is not for the faint-hearted. I did it in South Africa where I lived for 18 years and that's where I met my wife. If you do think of contracting in Africa, best of luck to you. If in the middle-east, best of luck to you, and ditto for Europe. Remember, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is often a crock of poo. Repatriating your currency can also be a problem. As we used to say in SA, local is lekker.
     

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