This chapter is dedicated to work opportunities which are offered to students during their stay abroad. A language study trip abroad can turn out to be an excellent opportunity to earn some pocket money by working and putting into practice the language skills acquired in an academic context "on the field". One of the main assets that the participants in long-term Gap Year programmes have is to have time at their disposal. Time to discover the city of course, to go out and enjoy yourself whilst learning the language, but also, time to become integrated and involved in the daily working life by means of a job during or after your studies.
Jobs in Europe
In Europe, it is completely legal for member citizens of the European Community (including Swiss) to work during their studies. In this way, cities like Berlin, Barcelona, Galway, Rome or Brighton, thanks to their size and/or vitality, form an ideal setting for finding a job which you will be able to combine with your classes or which you allow you to extend your stay onsite. Each of our partner schools, veritable showcases of their city, will be able to guide you and advise you in an efficient manner in your job search. And if you add to this the effect of 'word of mouth', the various student promotions which follow each other and intersect, the "former students" who exchange their tips and recommendations and share their experience with the "new students" they've met in from of the notice board of available jobs...it's a "mine of information" which awaits you!
Brighton, Oxford, London, Dublin, Galway or Lindau abound with job opportunities for students. For this reason, we have put in place a specific service, the "Job Club", with our partner schools. This meeting space offers a free interface between the local job market and the student community. It is an exchange platform which, thanks to professional advice, the assistance of the school and the experience of former students, will allow you to find a job which fits in well with your studies and your availability (in this case, the standard course will be best suited to you). It's also a good opportunity to extend your stay following your academic course.
The Job Club meets up regularly and all of the interested students can participate in it for free. There, you will find:
• advice for your search
• updated information on available jobs
• help for writing your CV
• useful information on the laws in force, employees' rights, insurance, minimum wage, etc.
• meetings during which various speakers will present the various job opportunities to you
The main areas which offer numerous possibilites for finding a job are:
Bars, hotels, cafés, restaurants, clubs, shops, services, administration, promotional work, distribution of flyers, transport, materials handling, tourism, travels and sports events, etc. If you are motivated, flexible and ready to dedicate the time required by the employer and for the job...Europe welcomes you with open arms!
Working Holiday in Australia and New Zealand
On the other side of the planet, under the Tropic of Capricorn, in New Zealand or in Australia, the "Working Holiday Visa" is a very good opportunity to combine studies, work and discoveries. The few weeks spent at the school will allow you to "take off" with ease, to acclimatize yourself and to consolidate your level of English (during a maximum of 16 weeks in Australia and 12 in New Zealand). Then...make way for adventure! You will be able to dedicate the rest of the year to working, travelling and covering the length and breadth of these lands of legends.
Here are the main areas which offer numerous possibilities of finding a job:
Hotel industry, restaurants, services, administration, distributing flyers, transport, handling materials, tourism and travel, bars and clubs, casinos, fruit picking and farm work in orchards or vineyards...according to your level of English, your availability and the season, numerous job possibilities await you!
Working Holiday Visa for Australia
Available to citizens of one of the following countries: Germany, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, South Korea, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malta, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Taiwan.
Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand
Available to citizens of one of the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, Uruguay and USA.
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