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Getting a job abroad

  1. Sep 14, 2011 #1

    I wanted some information as to how one should proceed to get a job in country X when he is in country Y, which is a 15-hour plane ride away.

    The easy way would be doing my degree in country X and working my way from there but the odds are that I will *have* to do this in Y. How do I proceed? I intend on going into physics or applied maths and perhaps, do a one year masters in stats or CS in Europe.

    Just wanted to know. I want to start making some $$ asap while doing something intellectually stimulating. I think it's good to have a rough idea of what is feasible before I get into anything.

    Note that country X could actually be anywhere the jobs are. I have no problem with moving to Tombouctou, if I have to. Could be an interesting adventure.

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  3. Sep 14, 2011 #2


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    Find somebody that knows someone in that country that can get you a job. Honestly I don't see how anyone would answer your question - many jobs require a language you might not know. Others might be running at 30% unemployment and have no reason to hire a foreigner. You've only listed vague statements about what you are trying to accomplish.
  4. Sep 14, 2011 #3
    I wanted to know if getting some kind of job doing math or cs-like with a master's degree only was possible. If it is now, assuming immigration laws and such don't change 4-5 years from now, well, it should be then.

    Could be anywhere: France, North America, England, Australia, New Zealand, I don't care. I speak French/English.

    The original plan was to go all the way to a PhD but I don't think I'd want to stay in that environment for that long and I think starting to make some money earlier would be better.
  5. Sep 16, 2011 #4
    I did an internship abroad (not 15, but 8 hours away)
    I think I might have been lucky to get it though.
    I found an interesting internship offer, applied the same way like I'd do in my country and quickly got it. It was interesting for them to get a student from abroad and as long as you speak English everything will be fine! I live in Europe and I can tell you that you won't have a language problem in almost any European country.
    So I'd suggest to proceed like this: pick a country you like -> use Google to find out about jobs in the physics sector in that country (every country has some kind of physics society where you'll find that information) -> email the employer -> book a flight ticket
  6. Sep 16, 2011 #5
    Something that will help is if you finish your Ph.D. Having a Ph.D. gets you in front of the immigration queue.

    Also something that will help a lot is if you go to school in country X.
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