5 Steps to Landing a Job Overseas
You have the itch. Something inside you has been stirred. Maybe it was a recent sermon, maybe you read a blog post, or maybe you just have seemingly “stumbled” across the idea. However it occurred, something has changed. For the first time in your life, you are actually considering working overseas, and it may not mean you have to become a "vocational missionary."
So how do you begin to look for opportunities to do what you love to do, do what you went to college for and stay in the industry you work in currently?
Here are five basic building blocks to consider when…
10 things successful expats do
After 12 years as an expatriate in Somalia, Kenya, and primarily Djibouti, I have seen expatriates come and go, thrive and struggle, engage in the community and hunker down behind high walls. Over time I have noticed some patterns, things that thriving expats tend to do, or not do. Could be here, could be in other countries.
1. They don’t complain. Djibouti is one of the hottest, driest countries on the planet. Temperatures can soar over 120 degrees in the summer and less than six inches of rain falls per year. With 60% unemployment, poverty is rampant. Garbage has…
How working abroad changed me
Living and working as an expatriate for an American company in a large city in East Asia for slightly over three years was a huge blessing for me, and God used that experience to significantly impact my life. He changed my life through that experience in the following ways: increased humility, strengthened Christian worldview, and fueled passion for sharing the gospel.
God used the experience to really humble me. First, there was the language that served as a humbling tool. I have so much more of an appreciation for people who speak more than one language and especially those…
Are you an intentional traveler?
There is a segment of the Skybridge community that plays an unique role in taking the gospel abroad. They move about from place to place. They work for multi national companies. They often have to travel to the same cities several times a year with their jobs.
They want to be intentional as they travel and do business abroad.
One businessperson stays at the same bed and breakfast each time in Paris. He plans ahead to be sure the owners of the hotel can spend one evening with him.
He frequents the same restaurants. Goes to the same news stand each morning to get his…
Seven tips for finding a job in Spain
If you've been bitten by the Spanish bug during a study abroad experience, vacation, internship or even just hearing about life here, you're not alone. Many foreigners decide to try their hand at finding a job in the land of Don Quijote.
If you think God might be leading you that way, here are a few tips to keep in mind during your search:
1. Be patient. If you're starting the job search from scratch, keep in mind that unemployment in Spain is at nearly 20 percent. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there - prayerfully - but remember that God may allow you…
Lessons learned in the European marketplace
About a year ago, I received word that I had been hired at my current job. I had been on a job search here for about four months and was delighted that God had opened this door at last.
Looking back, while the time has flown, it's been anything but easy. But this first year in the European marketplace has yielded some terrific professional, spiritual and general life lessons.
Here are the top 10 lessons I've learned during this first year of my professional career in a European workplace:
1. I can only do what I can do.…
4 great resources for teaching English overseas
One common way people get a job overseas is by teaching English. For most of you reading this blog, you already have a necessary skill to do this-you speak English! However, you probably have a lot of questions about the practical steps to actually making this dream job a reality. We've complied this short list of resources that will help you understand the next steps you can take to teaching English overseas.
FAQs about Teaching Abroad-this website answers all of your basic questions.…
A CEO shows the justice of God in Asia
Three years ago I had the privilege of an accidental interview. I’d been asked to Skype with the CEO of a company in Asia to ask him for some feedback on an aspect of Skybridge we were trying to rework. But what happened instead was that I learned some amazing first hand knowledge on how a CEO who follows Jesus can actually make an impact for the Gospel on even the lowest level employees.
As this man, let’s call him Mark, began talking about ways to be intentional for the Gospel when working abroad, my own assumptions were challenged. While Mark was indeed a very busy man in his…
What does it mean to be a tentmaker?
Before we get started, I want to be clear that your definition of a tentmaker is probably not the same as mine. I come from a background of vocational missionary work. When God opened up my eyes to the Church's responsibility to take the Gospel to the nations, I assumed He was calling me to become a front line church planter and missionary in another country. I was burdened for the lost. I wanted to see people from every tribe, tongue and nation come to know Jesus as their savior. Then I actually spent a summer, and later in life, 2 whole years "being a missionary."
You're either in ministry, or you're not
Let's be honest. Most of us in the American church believe that there are those that do "God's work" and then there are those that work "real jobs" and attend church. Of course, those of us with regular jobs have a vital role to play in ministry. We pray, we financially support the pastors, staff members and missionaries, but that is all we really can do. I mean, we have jobs to do and we need to be a good steward of those jobs. When we come home at the end of the day, we need to connect with our families. If we don't have a commitment at church, we are off duty. Right??? …