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I Have A Travel Jobs Bug

Dec 13, 2007
My experiences with working abroad or working whilst on holiday are unfortunately very limited. What I do know about travel jobs is that you are paid to travel and represent your company. They can pay good rates but do demand a lot of confidence, excellent people skills and an even better attitude to working hard. These types of jobs are directed towards those wanting to work as a Travel Business Consultant or hospitality. Other types of jobs abroad can differ greatly.

Recruiters looking for potential employers for their company, value those who have taken on travel jobs, as they are perceived as more dynamic, motivated and studious people, and usually have made plenty of contact whilst abroad. Taking a gap year before, in between or after studying for a university degree is extremely common these days, so travelling when you have the chance and the money is highly recommended.

I knew of someone who had spent a year travelling around the globe to places such as Thailand, Cambodia, Lao, Vietnam, India, South America and Australia. Although he did not need to work abroad, he decided to take on a part-time bar work in Thailand. He had heard many a gruesome tale about working in bars and taking on travel jobs but decided to experience it himself. The result was plenty of mad evenings taking orders from tourists, most of whom did not speak the same language but all of them displaying good manners and no major catastrophes regarding drunken behaviour.

Many people have different experiences with working abroad. Some keep in close contact with the people they had met, others decided to extend their visa or choose to continue residing in their country of work on a permanent basis. It is always best to have researched the job you want to work for, the area you will be staying at and the agency/company you are signing the contract with before you embark upon this type of adventure.

Travel recruitment agencies have also played a major role in finding young graduates or students work abroad, tailor-made to their skills. Some recruitment agencies can be specialised in schemes, which require candidates to work with young people on campsites in America, South America, Europe or Australia. The role can vary consisting of activity organisation or basic general maintenance work e.g. Cooking, cleaning etc. These types of agencies approach the younger generation usually aged between 18 - 21 years.

Charity organisations offer voluntary work in developing countries. This can be very useful to those who are keen to use their skills and knowledge to help others. However, this does come with a price, often applicants are advised to save enough money to live on for up to 6 weeks (depending on the length of travel) or apply for sponsorship in advance. Voluntary work is extremely beneficial for those wanting to bump-up their CV; though it is unpaid, many organisations can provide cooked meals and lodging facilities.

Other travel recruitment agencies offer work in admin, hospitality, internships or specialised work such as teaching or nursing. The pay structure works similarly to an ordinary recruitment agency; this does depend upon the candidates' contract (temporary or permanent) though if in doubt discuss it with the recruiter. Knowing which agency to approach is always a plus, try talking to people who have had travel jobs via an agency, or log onto the website of a specific agency and research forums on the internet, this will help you decide what the best path is for you.
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Anna Stenning has experienced "http://www.newfrontiers.co.uk//">Travel jobs and loves to travel when she gets the time. If you are interested in working abroad click on http://www.newfrontiers.co.uk/
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