Work and Travel – A Video Interview Series from DIWYY.com

Our Work and Travel Video Interview Series features inspiring entrepreneurs, travel professionals, and adventurers who have cracked the code to pursuing a career while leaving plenty of time for travel.

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Global PanoramaIf you are a travel enthusiast, work and travel programs may be the best choice for you. Working and traveling abroad allows you to finance a trip you may otherwise not have been able to afford. Consider the opportunities that await you when working overseas: widening your career prospects, better opportunities for your profession, a change in your working environment and discovering a new country and its culture in depth, without having to worry about a travel budget. Read below for benefits of working abroad.

Benefits of Work and Travel Program

There are several benefits, which you can avail by working in another country:

Enhancing Knowledge & Growing Independent

When you work and travel abroad together, you will have a better perspective of the world, and while you are at it, you will be able to enhance your knowledge about different cultures & traditions. It will widen your horizon of understanding people and you will be able to connect to their countries and choices. It will also help to clear any misunderstanding they may have for other nationalities.

Moreover, it will provide you with the chance to be more independent, something, which you may not be able to do in your own country. Since you will be inside of an unfamiliar territory, you will be able to grow more responsible, and gain a feeling of independence. You will learn to live on your own, and how to take care of all the basic needs.

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Hong Kong SkyscrapersThere are many reasons you may want to move overseas for a new job. Maybe you plan on widening your career prospects, maybe there are greener pastures abroad for your kind of profession, or sometimes you may just be wanting to change your environment by breaking your current monotony and move on to newer and more exciting challenges. Having a job abroad is also an amazing chance to discover that country and its culture in depth, without worrying about a limited vacation budget. Of course, money usually does present some kind of an issue, but you can fight against that obstacle with a frugal lifestyle and making use of such websites as Discountrue that offer you coupons for a wide range of shops – Kohl’s, Target, you name it. Anyway, whatever your reason is, we’ve compiled the best advice from a number of experts on how to go about securing a job overseas! Check it out below:

Make good use of the Internet

You can start with social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr or anything else. However, the Internet also has lots of other resources that can help you find work overseas, including electronic mailing lists and professional blogs. A website such as prospects.ac.uk can also be a very good place to begin with. It has country profiles that contain a great deal of information about finding jobs and working abroad. You also need to ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date always, as some employers do recruit directly via the site. There are also several industry-specific groups that you can subscribe to in order to learn more about how to network online. Visit sites like CareerOneStop.org, Internships.com, CollegeRecruiter.com or iSeek.com to learn more.

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Increasing numbers of students are deciding to study abroad. Usually, young people find it appealing to find part time jobs as a way to help pay off for expenses and to gain experience. Here are a few job ideas while studying abroad in a foreign country.

English teaching jobs

China is one of the best locations for finding a job as an English teacher. Many foreigners give private lessons to Chinese students and rates can go to 100 RMB an hour ($15), and possibly more.  However, to get hired officially as a teacher, you’ll need a Foreign Expert’s Certificate from the Chinese government. This is relatively easy if you have a college degree and a TEFL certificate. (You can get a TEFL certificate online for as little as $200.)

Non-native English speakers can also get a job in China as English teachers or tutors if their English is really good. Still, the best jobs will go to the native speakers. And here’s a secret: most English teachers are male. So, many schools would really like to hire a Western female.

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Starting a Business Abroad

Although it is the American dream to be your own boss and have your own business, sometimes part of that dream requires you to accomplish it in another country. Maybe you want to run a scuba business in Bermuda, or do hiking tours in the Swiss Alps, or maybe you recognize that it just may be cheaper to start a business in another country. Whatever the reason, starting a business abroad is an exciting adventure that you need to think through before you decide to jump into.

Do your due diligence

Whether domestically or abroad there are specific steps you need to take before creating your own company. As passionate as you may be, and as ready as you may feel you are, the first step in being successful in business is to be responsible and do your due diligence. Ehow shares basic instructions when starting a business overseas.

1. Study your target market. Not every country likes to buy in bulk or has the same purchasing patterns as US consumers.

2. Network with legitimate local/foreign business leaders.

3. Evaluate your competition and don’t be afraid to talk to or survey the locals.

4. Obtain necessary permits and licenses.

5. Be aware of local routines when establishing your own. For example, some countries shut shops down in the afternoon for longer lunches and siestas.

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WORK-AND-TRAVEL

 Hey everyone, welcome to Do It While You’re Young – I’m Bret. Today we’re talking with Ashley Small, President of the Brand Development firm Medley.

Medley Incorporated specializes in building brands in the fashion, arts, beauty, non-profit and entertainment industries.

As President of Medley, Ashley evaluates each clients branding needs and creates custom, highly-targeted strategies with measurable results. Specializing in web marketing and digital public relations, Ashley has garnered national recognition as a leader in technology, business and public relations. Prior to Medley, Ashley worked with top national brands, political figures and non-profits such as Nintendo, Chilli’s, former Houston Mayor Bill White and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Here’s what you’re going to get out of watching the interview:

  • How Ashley identified a need in the market and established her company to meet that need
  • Which marketing and brand development skills are necessary to be successful in her business
  • How to find what you love to do and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who share a similar passion

Let’s get started with Ashley.

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