Teaching abroad is an exciting way to spend time in a foreign country and make money while you travel and fulfill a quest to see the world.
It’s also an experience that is all but guaranteed to keep on giving, long into your future. Teaching is far from the only job your time in a classroom overseas can help you land. Even after the adventure ends, you’ll have gained valuable skills and experiences that can help propel your career forward, no matter what career you’d like to pursue.
Many applicants choose to include a summary or objective section at the top of their resume. This can be a good place to call out your international experience with phrases such as “well-rounded candidate with international experience,” “global thinker” or “with work experience in [insert country here].”
If you developed any language skills while teaching abroad, you’ll also want to make sure you call this out on your resume either in the summary or a separate skills section. Be sure to include the level of your language skills, be it beginner, intermediate, advanced or fluent and make sure you are honest. Future employers will easily be able to call your bluff.
The work experience section is where you will want to really hone in on the skills you acquired teaching. Depending on the field you are interested in working in, you’ll want to highlight different skills in this section that you developed overseas. Here’s how to put teaching abroad on your resume, broken down by different industries.