I love traveling and really want to go to Australia and New Zealand for 2-3 years on a working holiday visa before I turn 30. Unfortunately the german labour market is very competitive and companies are very conservative, just a 1 year gap in your resume can very easily kill your career. Right now I can easily travel on working holiday visa but it seems to become a lot harder once you are past 30. Working as a labourer while traveling is alright but I don't really want to depend on that. How do you guys manage that stuff?
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Wow - that seems very short-sighted on the part of German companies. They obviously don't appreciate the numerous transferable skills that travel can impart.
Yes, working holiday visas past the age of 30 are pretty much non-existant. I utilised only one working holiday option (Japan) before becoming 'too old', and now regret it.
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I know right? I know of someone who worked as an engineer in india for 4 years, afterwards it was impossible for him to find a job in Germany. Talk about wasted pontential there, he is living in England now. So if working abroad professionally is too weird for german companys, 2 years of odd jobs and travel makes you look like an absolute bum. I'll probably still risk it once im around 29, I don't think I could forgive myself passing that opportunity. Working holiday in japan seems pretty awesome, do you have to be good in japanese?
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I thought I had basic Japanese ability when I first went. I soon found out that I didn't really.
Skifields or teaching English are the most common options for working holiday makers in Japan.
I lived on a small island, with no other foreigners. Probably, no make that definitely, the toughest year of my life - but oh so worth it.
I also always wanted to work internationally. For a few years I was able to do this in the area of IT Consulting. To be more specific: SAP Consulting. SAP is the largest european Software vendor. With this I was able to see Moscow, Seoul, Palma de Mallorca, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and Italy on a project Basis. I was even allowed to hold Trainings in Malaysia, Finland and again the Netherlands. There is a wide market for permanent and contract opportunities for People with IT skills. www.linkedin.com and www.xing.de are some of the most importantend web sites for getting such positions once you have maintained your Profile. I agree that you Need some skills which aere in demand and that might be difficult but it is archievable. Maybe with These sites you get opportunities for non IT work as well. I never tried. Seing countries on a Project Basis does also give you the Chance to meet like-minded every-day People and not only hotel and museum staff. I must admit, that currently I am employed by a small consultancy which does rarely do international Projects. I would like to Change that again but I see by myself that this is not that easy. With the age of 40 Things in IT become more difficult if you don't do Management and I also have one or two Problems in my CV now like having been fired by one Company for some stupid reason.
i am just love travelling.
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I am now "too old" to take advantage of work visas abroad, but I am a nurse by profession and there are plenty of places on this planet that I can find work. Tomorrow I'll be quitting my job here in Montreal and will be heading to India soon after. I basically told my workplace that I'll most probably come back at some point and they stated that I can come back whenever. So apart from losing seniority, there wasn't a crazy amount of risk involved in doing so. Once I completed a giant trip in the far east a few years ago, I decided to gear my life towards travel by finding a profession that is in demand and living below my means. I think doing something like this does become exponentially more difficult when working in the corporate world though.