I also knew that merely taking a vacation for a week or two to someplace exotic would not satiate this desire. Studying abroad in Melbourne had taught me that the best way to truly get to know the world is to live somewhere else, and this time I knew my best bet would be to work abroad.
I spent about a year researching job opportunities (and saving as much as I could) before I decided to teach English in Spain with the Auxiliares de Conversacion program run by the Embassy of Spain. To be honest, the notion of leaving behind my work in public affairs to be a teaching assistant in a classroom didn’t thrill me at first. I was worried such a leap might affect me finding a job back in the field later down the line and wasn’t quite sure how the experience would look on a resume.
But here’s something you might not want to hear – if you are looking for a unique, awesome job abroad and you having relatively little experience in your field, you may not find one. To work in another country you need a visa to get a work visa, an employer needs to be able to prove that you are more qualified than all other applicants for that particular role. When you are a twenty-something with very little real-world experience compared to the greater workforce that can be hard.
But what I learned is that just because a job is common doesn’t mean it’s not awesome; these two terms are not mutually exclusive. The year I spent teaching in Europe was one of the best of my life. I traveled to 25 countries, grew as a person and gained valuable skills that have helped me as I’ve re-entered the workforce in the United States.
So don’t let the lack of a fancy job title fool you. Here’s a look at the five most common but awesome jobs you can find abroad.