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Resources and training for anyone helping & advising people to work or study abroad. Euroguidance is a network of careers guidance professionals. It is supported by the European Commission and has members throughout Europe. The network’s aim is to maximise the mobility and career opportunities for everyone throughout the European Union. Click here for the Euroguidance Network
Working in the EU.  Recent research from Moneycorp found 27 per cent of those between 16 and 24 are eager to move abroad, while data from MoveHub shows interest in relocating for those between 18 and 34 has increased 60 per cent. Older generations also have itchy feet, with companies that offer advice to those seeking to retire abroad reporting a 25 per cent increase in business.

Information includes EU apprenticeship schemes.

Working in non EU countries.  Every sovereign state has the right to decide who can enter the country for work, study or social activities.  Therefore, you must investigate the country you plan to go to thoroughly. Click here for more information


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Making new friends / building confidence

Experience a different culture

Future Employers like international experience.


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Where to work – issues to consider

·         Where to work will be influenced by the job you want. Are there any vacancies. Use Labour Market Information to understand the local jobs market.

·         Do you need to speak the language?

·         Location – distance and travel time from your home location. How often do you want to go home?

·         Do you easily make friends?

·         Are you self sufficient?

·         Have you have health or other issues which require additional support or costs?

·         Have you enough money to get settled until you find a job?

The rules for working in the EU.

You have the right to work in any country in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland without a work permit if you’re a UK citizen.

The EEA includes:

Use the following websites to check out the rules for different countries.


Some EU countries have a history of encouraging people from the UK to work in their country.

Also check the country government website . click the EU flag for a link to EU countries.




The rules for working in non EU countries.Each sovereign country sets its own rules for immigration and work visas.

The UK Embassy for the country you want to work in will be able to offer you help and advice.


Disclaimer: external websites are outside of our control for content, suitability or up to date, relevant content. Please use more than one site to check information and if possible contact the relevant organisation / institution for the most up to date, accurate information. More websites with information about Labour Market Information, visas, costs, statistics, etc.  
Levels of jobs requiring staff

Unskilled – may not pay more than UK pay scales so check if it is worth moving abroad.

Skilled – jobs with lots of vacancies may pay a premium salary to recruit workers.

Technical – as above. Some countries may experience different shortages of qualified staff.

Professional – again vacancies will depend on the country /industry requirements.


Note: some countries have limits on recruitment in certain occupations.



A good site is






Stonewall Top Global Employers


Hosts a good variety of job vacancies. Job vacancy websites



Worldwide job vacancy websites

Monster have an excellent article of working abroad as well as having international vacancies.


Qualifications in Europe

Currently all countries in the EU recognise each other qualifications. Therefore, a UK citizen can work in the EU and their qualifications will be acceptable. Post Brexit it is hoped a similar or new scheme will be in place. If a scheme is not in place, then a person wanting to work in Europe could potentially be treated as an international applicant to a vacancy. It is uncertain that this will happen, but you do need to research the latest position re international qualifications with the relevant industry/sector professional body and country employment rules.


The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a translation tool that helps communication and comparison between qualifications systems in Europe. Its eight common European reference levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. This allows any national qualifications systems, national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) and qualifications in Europe to relate to the EQF levels. Learners, graduates, providers and employers can use these levels to understand and compare qualifications awarded in different countries and by different education and training systems.

EQF – the European Qualification Framework

The EQF is a reference framework that links the qualifications of different countries together.  The EQF is a common framework for all EU countries. Eventually all qualifications issued in EU Member States will be referenced in some way to an appropriate EQF level. For example in the UK the EQF level will appear on the different qualification databases across the UK rather than on individual certificates.

However, it’s early days yet and not all countries have fully developed frameworks relating to EQF levels. At the moment the UK and 9 other countries have their national qualifications compared to the EQF.

How does EQF work? (hyperlink to the EQF page)

Study in a non EU country

Alternatively if money isn’t the issue you might want to look at studying even further afield, such as in the U.S.A. or Canada, or possibly even Australia, or New Zealand.

Before studying abroad

Research the country, customs and living costs. Visit the country before making your decision to study there. You can go on holiday or volunteer to get some experience of how life will be for you.

What to study

The choice of what to study is similar to guidance for UK studies. However, in countries such as the USA you can study a Major Subject  alongside a minor subject. Some will argue that this reduced the about of time spent on the major subject. Others argues it can broaden the graduate’s employability skills. So, guidance should take into account future career ideas and will there be a need for post graduate specialist studies.


Studying in the EU. Close enough to easily get home but far enough away to experience different cultures.

Information about the cost of tuition, cost of living courses taught in English etc. Click for more information – getting your degree abroad or studying abroad as part of your UK degree.

For EU apprenticeship schemes see Working in the EU.

Studying in the rest of the world. Information about visas, costs and the value of studying abroad.
Self directed training – articles, links to training materials and videos. For you to use with your clients and further research.

Fact Sheets, quizzes, lesson plans

Will Brexit change the opportunities to work or study abroad? Keep up to date with the latest information as it affects the guidance we give.
Training & Knowledge Webinars Join the Careers Community and share your experiences of guiding people who wish work or study abroad. Share your personal experience of work or study abroad on the Careers Community Testimony page. We are looking for personal statements, audio or videos which will help someone as they consider work or study abroad.

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