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What Are Alternative Career Paths Abroad

What Are Alternative Career Paths Abroad


Do you feel as if you’ve hit a standstill with your career, the proverbial brick wall, you may want to start looking at exploring a completely new avenue. It can be incredibly intimidating to quit your regular 9-5 and look for something new, but it can also be the best decision you ever make in your life.

You could move into any industry, pursue your passion and start your own venture… or maybe you could travel further afield in search of the perfect job. In this instance, there is a whole world full of possibilities to pique your interest, and today we are going to take a look at just a few of the jobs you could do abroad.

Teaching English Abroad

If you do want to go out and learn something or take a course, then why not use what you already know? Your language.

Traveling to exotic places to become english tutors and teach some willing foreigners the beauty of the English language is something anyone can do as long as they have a good grasp on English vocabulary and a knack for organization. Take your skills in speaking and writing and spend your days teaching others the invaluable skill of one of the most widely spoken language in the word.

International Education
If you want to go beyond the realm of simply teaching, you can combine this skill with advising and counseling students on the prospect of studying and working abroad. It will mean that you spend your days inspiring others to go out into the world with an open mind and a thirst for knowledge.

International NGO’s

Working for a non-government organization such as the UN and UNICEF will allow you to make a life inspiring others and tackling issues such as the environment, human rights, famine and poverty all over the world. You’ll be able to travel the world to the most vulnerable areas and give aid to those who really need it. You’ll be able to provide an invaluable service to those most in-need and do something which will really have an impact on the wider world.

Government Jobs

If you thought working for government would either involve you sitting behind a desk with a stiff upper lip or driving fancy cars and saying the phrase ‘I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you’- then you’d be wrong. If you want to work for the government and be based overseas, the best way to do this is to become an ambassador for your country at a foreign embassy. You’ll be able to live in a totally different country and experience a wider culture, while representing your country to the world.

Au Pairing

If you are still young and aren’t quite ready to settle down into a career, a great option for you would be to go on a work exchange project overseas and work somewhere totally different for a period of time. You’ll be able to enjoy your travels, live like a backpacker and experience new things every day. When your exchange is over you might even decide to go and work there permanently, and if not, you’ll still have a wonderful, enriching experience to look back on for years to come.

Now that we’ve covered some of the traditional ways you can get into a career in another country, let’s make things a little more fun. Now we are going to have a look at some of the more, shall we say, alternative and unique jobs you can pursue in other countries. They might not be the things you would think of in your career, but there’s never any harm in trying new things right?

Ayurveda Healer

Ayurveda is an Indian type of medicine which dates back thousands of years. It is a traditional method of medicine and is concerned with balancing the patient’s body from the inside, using mainly natural and plant-based medicines and remedies. Due to the recent rise in the vegan lifestyle and a more holistic approach to healthcare in the western world, Ayurveda has begun to make its way to the US and you can even get classes on how to perform these techniques yourself. If you are a lover of natural remedies and want to look after others, this could be an interesting career path for you.  

Bike Courier

Just as in the olden days you would procure a pigeon to send your messages to others, in the modern day we can use a bike. Although the rise of technology means that everything is largely online, some people and countries prefer the old way of doing things. If you’ve got a bike and love to stay fit, why not try and become a bike courier?

Body Painter

It’s not what you may think. Much the same as face painters will paint your child’s face at events and fundraisers- body painters are employed to create works of art on the body in preparation for stage shows and parades. It is a creative job and one day may require you to turn your muse into a tiger, and the next day turn someone into a fairy. No day is the same and you’ll be able to really let your creativity take control. If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the corporate world, why not paint people’s stomachs for a living instead?

Color Expert

If you are one of those people who, when looking at a rainbow you see 80 different colours rather than the 7 most people identify, then becoming a colour expert could be the ideal career path for you. If you love pointing out when people label cyan as teal or magenta as purple, then becoming a colour expert will be a breath of fresh air. Colour experts combine a mix of colour psychology i.e: the fact that blue is calming, green is closer to nature, and yellow is playful; colour trends in fashion and the wider world; and demographics in order to help a brand to choose the correct colour scheme for their business. You’ll be the one responsible for helping a company find its identity through the means of colour, and to put out the correct image to their followers.

Feng Shui Consultant

Feng Shui is something you’ve probably heard of in relation to your home, but you may not know exactly what it means. Feng Shui is an Ancient Chinese principle which is based on another principle called Taoist. It focuses mostly on the flow of energy within a room, which is linked to the feelings of wellness and health of the occupier. Many people have taken up the art of Feng Shui as a way to redesign their interior space to fit their purpose better and make them more productive in their daily lives. You can take a course on Feng Shui and start to offer your advice to those who want it.


Did you ever look at a packet of crisps and think, ‘who came up with this flavour?’ well, the answer is a flavourist. You could become a flavourist and work with food companies to combine the right amounts of each ingredient and create new and exciting snacks for the consumer. The bonus is that you’ll also get to try out the food yourself to test it.

Fragrance Chemist

In the same way as you could be in charge of what people taste, you could also put your hand to the way people smell. Fragrance chemists study aromatic molecules in great detail and test out different combinations until they find that perfect scent. If you love perfume, you’ll love this job. Just make sure you aren’t someone who sneezes when you walk past the scented candles.


Before you think it, no, this is not the practice of therapy using hippopotamus’. Although that would indeed be a unique job, it won’t really serve the purpose we want. Hippotherapy is actually the act of using the natural movement of a horse to help those with disabilities to increase mobility. A horse’s pelvis has a particular way of moving which resembles the way we walk, and horseback riding can greatly benefit those who are suffering from a disability and neurological issues. It is used in a number of ways and can really help those in need to get back on the horse (pardon the pun) and move on with their lives in a positive way. It is particularly useful for children who suffer from illnesses like autism and down syndrome.

Horticultural Therapist

Another type of therapy, horticultural therapy is the act of using gardening to help those with mental or physical illnesses. You may have heard of sensory gardens before; the premise of them being that you can walk into the garden and use all of your senses. This is amazing for those with mental and physical disabilities because it stimulates the brain and promotes development. You could have plants with different textures like grasses, plants which smell like herbs, plants with stunning colour for the eyes, and even plants you can eat such as edible flowers.

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