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How to work abroad in you gap Year

After finishing the highschool stage, everyone is looking for new experiences, travel, know new people and places, that’s why it is common for young people to look for a job abroad during sabbatical, but don’t exactly know how or where.

Also, It’s a complicated feeling between excitement, anxiety and fear that makes you wonder how to achieve that? Where to go? Is it possible during sabbatical? Here’s a quick guide to solve those questions you’re making yourself.

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How to get a job abroad being young

Here’s a step by step guide for you to get an idea of what to do to travel and work at the same time: 

1.   Get yourself an international CV

Even if you feel you’re not qualified to get a job abroad, let me tell you that is possible and quite common, you just have to focus your CV in the things you’re good, even if you don’t have actual experience with that, like If you know other languages it’s a big plus to start with, if you have good communication skills, you’re empathetic or you’re a very analytical person who likes numbers and logic then you’re completely perfect for a large type of jobs abroad. Here’s are very useful guide of how to get a CV perfect for you. But also you could try a CV builder to make it for you

2.   Register in Job abroad platforms: 

Some platforms specialize in finding job abroad for young people but you have to make sure these platforms actually help you during the entire process. Being something new we recommend looking for complete assistance in this matter, since looking for job opportunities to the relocation part. If you leave your email in our JobSqd site, we can help you completely free during this process.

3.   Apply in those you feel you can fit enough: 

Don’t wait for that 100% perfect job, just look for one that allows you to have the experience. If you think too much about it you may lose the momentum. Apply for all of the jobs that fits with your actitudes, and don’t give up on your search.

4.   Analyze your dream destination: 

It’s important to verify how does it work the working permits and taxation in that country, cost of living, their culture, life style, climate, popular cities and even what to do; this way you increase the chances of spending an awesome time during sabbatical and also that anxious feeling gets dismissed a little more. If you choose any country in the European union you don’t have to worry about work permits, but this could change in the future.

The Best countries to work during sabbatical (EU)

Depending on the type of experience you want, you may already have an idea of where you want to travel, so you need information about work abroad taxation, work permits and lifestyle to be completely sure. That’s why we gather that info between these different countries to narrow the alternatives in the European union.

Work in Spain

If you’re looking for work in Spain during sabbatical, you better be ready for a lot of historical buildings, warm people, funny expressions and a lot of party nights. But even when everything sound great, to avoid a bad moment during your stay it’s good to know about these stuff:

  • Work permits: As a european citizen you need to get a NIE, which is a foreigner identity number, you can obtain this in the Ministry of the interior by filing the form EX-15 and getting the rest of requirements, or a NIF which is the tax identity number, you can get it in the Tax Agency
  • Taxation: The majority of taxes around the world works in taxation periods as the normal year, so you must have more than 6 months of the year to be eligible to pay ISR or income tax. However, the company where you will be hired will guide through this process.
  • Lifestyle: Depending on the locality, there’s different lifestyles. In the main cities like Madrid or Barcelona the people is very enthusiastic about partying and having fun at times. With so many places to chill and relax with friends is a country where you have to set uo boundaries between working and recreational activities or you may lose your way. The culinary aspect in Spain is know for their seafood, so if you like this type of food, Spain is your destination.

Work in Germany

Work in Germany is a popular request and here’s some information to be sure:

  • Work permits: According to the site Germany-Visa you don’t need a work permit to work in Germany BUT you do need to register your stay if you’re going to spend more than 3 months in the local Residence Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) or Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde).
  • Taxation: First of all, you need to stay working in Germany more than 6 months to be eligible for taxation, having in mind that the tax year in Germany is the calendar year, so if for example you start being in Germany in October, you don’t have to worry for that year taxation, until july of the next year. If you plan to stay longer then we recommend you to look for official information.
  • Lifestyle: Germany is a multicultural country, you will find people from many countries there, specially in Berlin, this means it’s a world of possibilities. However, lifestyle is focused on “work before party”, so you may find more opportunities for a night out at weekends (but this is not so different from the rest right?). Public transport work until 12 at night in weekdays, so going out at night start to be difficult from this part. Regards food, you’ll find a lot of winnies or sausage of many types and very tasty along with fries in every presentation imaginable. But since it’s a multicultural country you will also find restaurants with different styles of food like spanish, portuguese, arabic and more.

Work in Norway

Norwegians have a very well balanced Work-Life relationship, so they have a work shift of about 37 hours a week tops because they believe you will be more productive this way. So you will be able to have time to know the country but also work without problems. Some other cool info about this is that Lunch time is included in work shift, people have not “bossy attitude” (most cases) so you can feel your boss as another colleague.

  • Work permits: As an european citizen you don’t need a work permit but you do need to register in the police within three months and also get your Norwegian identification number and tax card 
  • Taxation: As said before, depends on your stay there but it’s about 22 percent depending on your income.
  • Life Style: People in Norway are not exactly the party all days type, but they like to party on weekends, Oslo the capital is the city with more activity of this type. They also like to explore places during free time. Regards food depending on the city you may find different things,it’s based on the raw materials founded in the wilderness, mountains and coast, but it’s quite common boiled potatoes and specially sea food, the flavors are subtle but totally delicious.

 If you’re interested into more details of other places, dont doubt to visit our section about Country Guides and remember that just by sending your email to we can help you getting a job abroad and guide you through the entire process. You’re not alone! Get into the adventure!