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Getting an IT job abroad

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by mrvolleyball, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. mrvolleyball

    mrvolleyball Bit Poster

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    Does anyone have any advice / links /sites for help in getting a IT job abroad. I currently live in the UK but have always had it at the back of my mind that I'd like to go away for a year or so (or longer). I think I'm right in that you don't need a work permit to work somewhere else within the EU however as I only speak English, that limits what countries I could go to. Unfortunately I don't think that Australia or USA have a shortage of IT people so getting a work visa for either of those countries could prove very difficult.
    Any thoughts or advice are appreciated.
     
  2. d-Faktor
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    d-Faktor R.I.P - gone but never forgotten.

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    how so? for my work i have to travel all over europe (scandinavia, germany, france, italy, spain, eastern europe, etc.), and everywhere i can communicate in english just fine. sure, sometimes it's a bit awkward and not so fluent, but it doesn't have to be a problem.
     
  3. mrvolleyball

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    Thanks, I wasn't aware of that. That should hopefully give me a few more options.
     
  4. Keimos

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    Hi mrvolleyball,

    Get qualified, IT Certification wise or academic wise.

    English speaking countries including the US are crying out for people that can do the job, properly.

    For US, NZ, Aus, if you want to emigrate and have a solid qualification working with computers you will have no probs.

    Its just getting them.

    In Europe you can get by with English but they only hire on demand if they really need you. Local language always rules.

    Keimos
     
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  5. mrvolleyball

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    Thanks for your advice.
    I was always under the impression that both the US and Aus had their fill of IT workers and didn't need anymore, but hopefully I'm wrong.
    I agree that certificates are always going to be needed.

    Thanks again.
     
  6. Rostros22

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    I have been looking at a move to Australia in the next couple of years and filled in the online application form to see if my skills match what they require.

    If you have a partner you need to find out if they will be eligible to emigrate as well. After looking into I actually found out they will require more people in my missus line of work than in mine!

    There are a number of online forms here is one to look at

    https://www.visabureau.com/australia/assessment/skilled/default.aspx
     
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  7. Keimos

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    Hi mrvolleyball,

    No they are all short of experienced IT workers. IT skills are on the hot list of skills needed. You have to remember that surfing the internet and playing games are not regarded as skills.

    Setting up Networks, programming, Databases etc are regarded as important skills.

    Low level easy things can be done by most people, it is the more technical skills that are being looked for

    Keimos
     
    Certifications: Microsoft Office Specialist
  8. Spoonroom

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    I'm also thinking of looking for something in the US, NZ, AUS or UK. What qualifications are good to have to stand out?
     
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  9. Keimos

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    Hi Spoonroom,

    You would appear to already have the necessary ones. MCSE is highly regarded worldwide as long as you have the relevant experience to back it up.

    Hot skills everywhere at the moment are Security and VoIP. I think the Cisco Security qualification is generally the most highly regarded.

    Generally all countries have a points system for skills and each one has variations on the points they award for different skills. Generally you will find that most Academic Qualifications are accepted and only the most common IT Qualifications are recognised.

    It also helps to join one of the bigger Assocations such as the British Computer Society or an Association that has strong links in the country that you are looking to work in.

    Keimos
     
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