Whether English is your native language or you enjoy speaking English as a second language, there are so many locations and job opportunities waiting for you around Europe!
We sometimes lean towards the safer option when it comes to working or moving abroad. We search far and wide for countries that speak our native language to make our transition easier. But - in this day and age, it’s a lot easier to find a job in your native language in places where you wouldn´t expect to.
Although a company may have its main base in one country, they often have offices in different countries around the world too and these companies usually hire people of native languages to work in these offices and communicate with their different audiences.
To some people, it can seem offputting to move to a new country, particularly if they do not know the native language, but for some of us, this is the best way to learn the native language by throwing ourselves into the deep end.
There are millions of reasons why you should move abroad, but most importantly to improve your employability. People who move abroad gain a variety of sought-after skills that look very attractive to employers and recruiters.
From working abroad, you gain valuable experience and insights into other countries working standards and techniques. You meet people from other places in the world and become more knowledgeable about other cultures. Alongside these skills, you gain a handful of soft skills too.
From stepping outside of your comfort zone and working with people from different cultures and languages, you develop strong communicational skills. Especially if you decide to learn a new language or develop existing language skills, you increase your ability to communicate with people, which can help make you stand out against other candidates. As we all know, English is a global language and is one of the most spoken languages in the world, from possessing English language skills, you are already significantly improving your communication skills.
Moving abroad takes a lot of organisation; gathering the correct paperwork in terms of visas, travel and health insurance, finding permanent or temporary accommodation, to opening a bank account, moving or sending your luggage and so on. If you have already made a successful transition abroad then employers know that you are capable of organising yourself and you have successfully completed one of the most difficult transitions there is, some people wouldn’t know where to start!
Most recruiters or employers can easily gather that from making a move abroad and adjusting to a completely new life, new home, new network of people, new culture, that you are independent. Although you may not feel it, to other people you appear as a very brave individual, you have shown determination and courage to make your move abroad. Employers and recruiters look for candidates who are independent, who they can trust to use their initiative and who they won’t have to constantly keep an eye over and ´micromanage´.
Moving to a new place, into a new culture takes some adjusting and the fact that you have successfully done so shows your ability to adapt and adjust to new things. To employers, this is a highly desirable trait, especially, if you want to work for a smaller size company. Being adaptable and resistant to change is beneficial to employers, knowing that you won’t have trouble taking on new projects or adjusting to changes within the company.
The next thing to consider is where to move with your English language skills.
There are lots of places to consider moving to if you have an advanced/fluent level of English. As we mentioned, the English language is one of the most spoken languages and from its high demand, companies are hiring English speakers all over the world.
If you are looking for a new adventure, somewhere exciting and not traditionally or natively English, we have just what you are looking for. Europe language jobs advertise hundreds of English speaking opportunities all over Europe, in places you couldn’t image speaking English as your main language.
First up, Poland! Who’d have thought that you could move to Poland and speak only English? English is widely spoken in Poland, especially by the younger generation and as many as 37% of Polish people speak English. There are lots of jobs in Poland for English speakers, Call Centre, Accountant, Teamleader, Developers etc. If you want to move somewhere with a reasonable cost of living, high-quality healthcare, affordable accommodation, cheap transport and of course, beer - Poland is the one!
You may have always wanted to live somewhere as picturesque as the beautiful Greek islands and mainland. With over half of the population speaking English, there’s no need to hold back.
There are exciting English-speaking job opportunities in Tech Support, Customer Representatives, Project Managers and more. Are you ready to make your move to a country so rich in history, beautiful architecture, perfect warm weather and most importantly, a lower cost of living? Greece is the place to be!
Perhaps you are looking to move somewhere well organised and structured, well Germany is the place to move. Germany has a lot to offer to English speaking expats, especially when it comes to career opportunities. You can find plenty of English speaking jobs in Germany in a variety of sectors, from Sales, Customer Service, Marketing, Computer Engineering and more! There are lots of benefits for English speakers who want to move to Germany, just one of these benefits is the considerably high salaries for shorter working hours, not to mention, free Education! But overall, the cost of living is considerably higher than all of the countries mentioned above.
Moving to Spain as an English speaker is easier than it looks, even if you don’t know any Spanish! Spain is a beautiful country, rich in culture, music, delicious food, beautiful weather and creativity. The cost of living depends highly on the city that you live in, the cost of living in Barcelona is considerably higher but there are lots of exciting English speaking job opportunities, from Marketing, HR, Sales, Account Management and more. Make the most of the beautiful weather, the picturesque Spanish countryside and culture-rich cities, in a country where your English language skills are highly valued.
Wherever are you are planning to move with your English language skills, it’s time to adapt your CV to the country you want to move to. Each country has different expectations when it comes to CV formats and content, so it’s important to prepare your CV the best you can to boost your applications. Even if you have the best English skills and experience, your CV could be the one thing that is stopping you from getting any interviews.
For example, Employers in both Germany and Poland, prefer to see Education first on your CV, whereas Greece and Spain prefer to see your work experience. All of these countries expect to see a professional photograph of yourself, which is the opposite of the UK and other English speaking countries.
Whichever country you decide to move to, it’s always important to complete some research on the country beforehand to make sure that this transition will be the right one for you. Moving abroad as an expat comes with lots of difficulties alongside its many benefits, so our best advice is to be as prepared as you can be! There are lots of ways to research countries online…
All in all, moving abroad is incredibly advantageous, for both your personal skillset and your career. There are so many English-speaking opportunities across Europe, thus, you should never feel limited to moving to English-speaking countries. Moving to new countries with different languages and cultures is an extremely brave and life-changing thing to do. Sometimes moving to a country with little to no knowledge of the language is the best way to learn, by throwing yourself in at the deep end, you will feel motivated to put your efforts into learning a new language in order to feel more at home and more respectful towards the natives. As always, our best advice is to make that move!