Finding a construction job abroad can be a daunting task, however there are many opportunities around the world and thousands of companies looking for talented people like you.
Whether you are young and just starting out in the work place or are an experienced professional check out the options below.
1. Check your parents and grandparents passport.
If your parents or grandparents have another nationality in you are often able to gain passport from the same country for yourself. This means that you can work in a there once you receive the passport.
2. Complete a holiday working visa.
Many countries offer this option for 18 to 30 year olds including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. You could potentially work in three or four different countries each year gaining invaluable experience as you travel around the world.
3. Become a skilled migrant.
Several countries have skills shortages particularly Canada and Australia. They often offer a skilled migrant category which enables talented individuals to apply for permanent residency in the country if you have certain skills, for instance in civil engineering or geotechnical engineering.
4. Apply to companies direct.
Many multinational and global companies have recruitment fairs. They offer employment to skilled people from abroad and bring them into their operations overseas.
5. World Cup, Olympics and Large infrastructure projects.
Consider countries where there are major infrastructure projects going on. For example, the World Cups in Brazil and Qatar have thousands of skilled professional positions available.
6. Earthquake Zones.
There are currently thousands of jobs available in New Zealand, in particular positions in construction and engineering in Christchurch, New Zealand. Opportunities include civil structural engineer, building surveyor, quantity surveyor, CAD surveyor, senior civil engineer, project manager and senior planner.
7. European Union, Africa and USA.
There is an expectation the European Union is going to invest in infrastructure creating jobs many abroad. In addition the United States is set to reinvest in roads and rail infrastructure for the future chiefly high-speed rail and many commercial developments along its route creating thousands of jobs throughout California.
USAID plans to invest in Africa creating in many construction jobs for African people. China is also planning to invest and Japan is looking to gain some traction on the continent investing in government buildings, roads, rail, dams and airports.
8. Think outside the box.
Make your own video on YouTube to see how many hits you get by promoting your video stating your experience in building, plastering, construction management or electrical installation. Send this video with your application to your ideal global construction company. This will set you apart from the other applications.