Of the world population, only 1 in 30 are migrants who have decided to move away from their birth countries. These people migrate for several reasons, such as finding a better quality of life, pursuing a dream job, fleeing from a conflict or disaster, or just seeing more of the world. One problem that often arises for migrants is how they will earn a living in a foreign country. In 2020, the U.S. recorded an unemployment rate peak of 15.3% for immigrants. Alongside factors like the pandemic and many business closures, finding a job as a migrant has become harder. However, there are still a lot of opportunities in different sectors that you could check out. Here are 5 professions you could apply for when you migrate.

1. Graphic Designer

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Migrants who find living in a foreign country difficult might be more comfortable starting off with a remote job. And a graphic designing job could be the right profession for you. A graphic designer is a professional who utilizes images, typography, videos, and technology to communicate. They design various multimedia according to their target audience and their client’s brand identity.

Graphic designers need to be proficient in editing software like Adobe Photoshop, PremierePro, and Adobe Illustrator. Having a degree in graphic design or any related field is a plus. But experience and a good portfolio matter the most.

2. English Teacher

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English teachers are professionals who are qualified to teach English to students. Aside from teaching speaking skills, they are also tasked to teach reading and writing skills. Abroad, teaching English as a foreign language requires an undergraduate degree (preferably an education-related course) and a TEFL certification.

A TEFL certification allows you to teach English as a foreign language in legitimate institutions. It is an internationally recognized certificate. This certificate qualifies you as an individual who has undergone the proper training, courses, and exams to be able to teach abroad.

3. Foreign Correspondent

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Foreign correspondents are people who are stationed in foreign countries to report on events that are of international importance. These commentators, journalists, or writers, write for magazines and newspapers or do broadcasts on radio and television. A foreign correspondent is a highly in-demand job, which will mean that you will need qualifications related to the field as well as work experience.

While many journalists come from an English degree background, a foreign correspondent would also benefit from a course that covers international relations. The skills learnt in an international studies degree include interpreting global issues, conducting cross-cultural research, and being able to offer solutions with a broad impact. If you become a foreign correspondent you will be able to explore every level of the country you are living in, from the regular citizens to members of the government.

4. Registered Nurse

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Registered nurses (RN) provide patient care and collaborate with doctors to give their patients the best care. Registered nurses are also the ones in charge of monitoring a patient’s condition, drafting a health plan, monitoring possible side effects, and educating patients and family members about treatments. And during the pandemic, their importance has been magnified worldwide as countries struggle to fill the open nursing spots in their healthcare systems.

To be a practicing registered nurse, you must have a nursing degree and have passed the licensure exams for registered nurses. You might also have an advantage if you have a specialization such as a cardiovascular nurse, ICU nurse, medical-surgical nurse, and more. Some registered nurses also choose to apply to extra nurse education programs to train more.

5. Software Engineer

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Software engineers are tasked with designing and developing software that can solve real-world problems. A software engineer must also maintain, evaluate, and test various applications and computer systems to improve them. As one of the most in-demand and high-paying jobs, you must have a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or any course related to the discipline.

You should also have experience in software development and proficiency in Java, C++, and other coding software. Having extra certifications will also help hiring managers take notice of you. This is a good track for migrants since software languages are consistent throughout the globe, universal languages on their own.

Finding The Right Job Shouldn’t Be A Challenge

Migrating to a foreign country can be made more enjoyable if you find a job that will allow you to fully experience the country you’re moving to. But you can enhance your experience by meeting new people and by learning a new language at the same time with us here at SPEAK.

Author: Toni Morgan

Toni Morgan is a writer who loves to read and share her insights in her free time. She also loves to travel, dance, and take photographs of the world around her.

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