Working Abroad &  Gap Years
Gap Years
Pros to a Gap Year <ul><li>Gain additional experience for a resume or identify graduate school paths </li></ul><ul><li>Hav...
Cons to a Gap Year <ul><li>A poor reception by family members </li></ul><ul><li>You will often have to pay to go on gap ye...
Questions to Ask Before You Take a Gap Year <ul><li>a. Do I want a program related to my major? </li></ul><ul><li>b. What ...
Knowledgeable students who are well-prepared will benefit substantially from a gap year without putting their admission to...
Kinds of Gap Year <ul><li>Teaching English abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Government service (e.g., Americorps) </li></ul><ul><l...
Applications to Gap Year Programs <ul><li>Similar to job applications, unless you are interested in specific English abroa...
Working Abroad
If you want to work abroad for the long term, it is a long-term goal. It often takes several years to do.
What do you need to work abroad? <ul><li>A work permit. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you attempt to work abroad without a work...
Short-Term Work Abroad <ul><li>BUNAC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6-month work permit to Australia, Ireland, the UK, or New Zeala...
International Plan <ul><li>U-Texas at Austin worksheet is comprehensive and a great place to start. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay ...
Other Options <ul><li>Alumni association </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts within the local community </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign p...
Culture Shock <ul><li>Be prepared for it, both on arriving and on re-entry into the US. </li></ul>
It is a difficult process, but it’s a great way to learn about yourself, other cultures, and what you do and don’t enjoy i...
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Working Abroad & Gap Years

  1. 1. Working Abroad & Gap Years
  2. 2. Gap Years
  3. 3. Pros to a Gap Year <ul><li>Gain additional experience for a resume or identify graduate school paths </li></ul><ul><li>Have unique experiences before joining 9-to-5 job or grad school </li></ul><ul><li>Often experience a new environment </li></ul><ul><li>Have the opportunity to “give back” to society </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cons to a Gap Year <ul><li>A poor reception by family members </li></ul><ul><li>You will often have to pay to go on gap year programs and earn little to no money. </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty in getting together information for graduate school applications, due to distance. </li></ul><ul><li>Limited access to job-search support. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Questions to Ask Before You Take a Gap Year <ul><li>a. Do I want a program related to my major? </li></ul><ul><li>b. What are my skills and interests? </li></ul><ul><li>c. How much time do I have? </li></ul><ul><li>d. How much money will I need to spend on living expenses, travel costs etc.? </li></ul><ul><li>e. What are my long-term plans? </li></ul><ul><li>f. Do I want a domestic or international position? </li></ul><ul><li>g. Do I want a paid or unpaid position? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Knowledgeable students who are well-prepared will benefit substantially from a gap year without putting their admission to graduate school or employment in jeopardy.
  7. 7. Kinds of Gap Year <ul><li>Teaching English abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Government service (e.g., Americorps) </li></ul><ul><li>Private programs focusing on areas such as the arts, sports, or public policy. </li></ul><ul><li>A year in the working world. </li></ul><ul><li>… or a mix of all of the above! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Applications to Gap Year Programs <ul><li>Similar to job applications, unless you are interested in specific English abroad programs or government service programs. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JET, Americorps, etc. all have their own copious applications. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If any of these applications are foreign, look into the common resume conventions in the country. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is not uncommon to include a passport-sized picture or your marital status on your resume abroad. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Working Abroad
  10. 10. If you want to work abroad for the long term, it is a long-term goal. It often takes several years to do.
  11. 11. What do you need to work abroad? <ul><li>A work permit. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you attempt to work abroad without a work permit, you will be thrown out of the country and sometimes banned for life. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Determination. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It will not happen overnight – but it will happen. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Short-Term Work Abroad <ul><li>BUNAC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6-month work permit to Australia, Ireland, the UK, or New Zealand, directly after graduation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>JET, or teaching English abroad. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1-2 year commitment to teaching in Japanese public schools. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sometimes, though rarely, these can parlay into foreign careers. </li></ul>
  13. 13. International Plan <ul><li>U-Texas at Austin worksheet is comprehensive and a great place to start. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay particular attention to ‘How Do I Get There?’ </li></ul>
  14. 14. Other Options <ul><li>Alumni association </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts within the local community </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign parent </li></ul><ul><li>International-focused job in the United States </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fulbrights </li></ul>
  15. 15. Culture Shock <ul><li>Be prepared for it, both on arriving and on re-entry into the US. </li></ul>
  16. 16. It is a difficult process, but it’s a great way to learn about yourself, other cultures, and what you do and don’t enjoy in a career.
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