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Now is the best time to take a gap year and work abroad

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When seeking a job in another country, you must ensure that you will be working legally. Varied nations have different job and visa requirements, so are sure you know what they are for the place you're visiting. Distinct countries have different relationships with one another, so the type of visa you'll need or the type of employment you'll be able to do will depend on where you're from.

What is a Working Holiday?

A working holiday visa, often known as a work and holiday visa, is a special visa for those aged 18 to 30, or 18 to 35 in some countries. It permits you to stay in a country for a set period of time, usually between six months and a year.

The specifics vary by country, but you may be required to be a student or work for a limit of six months at each position.

Almost a quarter of young adults who are thinking about quitting their job in the next year intend to travel or work abroad.

More than four in ten (42%) are looking for a better work/life balance, with 18–24-year-olds (23%) and 25–30-year-olds (15%) more inclined to travel abroad.

According to Tourism Australia-commissioned research, more than half (55%) of employed 18–30-year-olds are considering quitting their jobs, with nearly a third (31%) planning to do so within the next year.

Moreover half of those polled (57%) say they would consider visiting Australia as a working holidaymaker.

The survey of over 2,000 working-age persons was done to better understand the post-pandemic mentality of young people in the UK and to encourage people to apply for Australia's 'Working Holiday Maker' visa.

The visa allows Britons aged 18-30 to maintain their career momentum while staying in Australia for up to three years. With Australia's borders reopened in February, short-term job possibilities in areas including hospitality and tourism are once again available.

Why Should I Take a Working Vacation?

Working holidays allow you the chance to really live in a country and experience it as a local. You also have the option of working in another nation to fund your travels. You can also save as you go with the visa, which means you won't have to save as much to make your dream trip a reality.

When it comes to job interviews, having worked abroad sets you apart from the competition. It's also a fantastic place to start if you wish to apply for permanent residency in the future.

Different governments allow other countries to join in these schemes, so double-check the website of your home country to make sure.

Which nations provide a program for working vacation visas?

It's a type of tourist visa that allows visitors to work (and sometimes study) in the country that issued the visa in order to supplement their travel funds.

Some visas are offered due to reciprocal agreements between countries encouraging travel and cultural exchange.

  • Visa for the Pacific Alliance

Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru are members of the Pacific Alliance. Citizens of these nations are eligible to apply for a one-year Pacific Alliance work and vacation visa in another member country.

  • Chile

One year Chilean working holiday visa for citizens of Australia, Austria, Canada (up to 35), Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary (up to 35), Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, and Sweden, aged 18 to 30.

Santiago, the country's capital and commercial hub, is home to a number of thriving businesses, including finance, information technology, and electronics. In addition, the city serves as the country's industrial and manufacturing hub.

  • Australia

The sun and waves will entice you to stay in one of the most popular working holiday destinations.

This year, the Australian government amended the Working Holiday Maker program to encourage working travelers from other countries to fill a global labor shortage caused by the virus.

  • Czech Republic

Work as a barista in historic Prague or teach English in the Czech countryside.

The Czech Republic, which is located in Central Europe, has 12 UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization world heritage sites and is noted for its ornate castles, native brews, and rich history. Prague's main city is home to the ancient Charles Bridge and the 9th-century Prague Castle.

  • Denmark

This is a fantastic opportunity to see Scandinavia as one of the newest working vacation programs.

Denmark has a reputation as a cultural hotspot despite its tiny population of roughly 5.7 million people, with Danish design, architecture, green energy solutions, and food being areas of attention. Denmark has one of the greatest living standards in the world, as well as a strong economy, thanks to renewable energy, modern agriculture, and maritime shipping.

  • France

Become a private English tutor for a fancy Parisian family or live la vie en rose at a Provencal bakery.

The tourism and cultural legacy of France are unparalleled. It's a patchwork of landscapes, customs, and ways of life. France, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, boasts 35 UNESCO World Heritage sites and provides fascinating historical and ecological discoveries. France is well-known for its outstanding food, which is recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

France boasts the world's fifth-largest economy and a plethora of expertise in a variety of industries, including handicrafts, high-tech, fashion, gastronomy, and agriculture. Danone, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dior, Renault, Dassault, and many others are well-known French companies.

  • Germany

Deutschland is more than bratwursts and beer. Visit Frankfurt's banking district and Berlin's artsy district.

The vast majority of people who come to Berlin on a Working Holiday Visa find work there. Berlin is a very international city with a lot of options for young people, and the number of English-speaking jobs is growing.

The city boasts a robust start-up scene, with overseas personnel accounting for nearly half of all start-up employees in Berlin. Employers are increasingly looking for English speakers to service their international consumers, thanks to a burgeoning tourist and hospitality sector.

  • Hong Kong 

Hong Kong is as cosmopolitan as it gets, and it's a terrific starting point for further Asian adventures.

Foreigners have long been drawn to Hong Kong. Hong Kong attracts numerous multinational enterprises due to its low taxes, stable administration, and strategic location. Foreigners can find jobs in Hong Kong ranging from entry-level to high-level executive roles. Finance, accounting, sales and marketing, IT, human resources, legal, telecommunications, logistics, and engineering are the most common occupations for foreigners.

  • The Netherlands  

Working in the famed coffee shops or as a receptionist will give you a taste of more than simply Amsterdam.

ING Group, Royal Dutch Shell Group, Unilever, Philips, and Heineken are just a few of the many worldwide and multinational corporations that call the Netherlands home. There are many recruitment organizations in the Netherlands that specialize in placing foreign workers in positions.

The Netherlands has a generally stable economy, aided by favorable tax policies that encourage international investment. The country also features a diversified, well-educated population, with foreign or ethnic minorities accounting for over 24% of the population.

  • New Zealand

Many travelers go to New Zealand to work in ski resorts and other extreme sports opportunities, second only to Australia.

There is no better place to start your quest for adventurous work in New Zealand than Queenstown, which is known for bungee jumps, skydives, and steep slopes.
Agriculture and horticulture are big sectors in New Zealand, thus there is always a great demand for labor. Look for job possibilities on kiwifruit and avocado farms, vineyards, and apple orchards, or even small, family-owned farms.

From holidaymakers to young professionals

If you wish to travel the world, are of legal age, or want to take a gap year, you should absolutely apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You will receive not only professional experience and increased information as a result of your studies but also cultural exposure and even a new language.

It's a fantastic opportunity to seize, start planning now! I wish you well and safe travels!