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Graduate jobs abroad: is it a chance worth taking?

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A third of young Brits are seriously considering moving overseas in an attempt to boost their careers and find a better working life. Is this your case?

Among all British people aged 18 to 34 year olds, 33% have considered leaving the UK to improve their career prospects and 27% admit they were open to the idea of moving abroad, according to a new study from Post Office International Payments.

Reasons for moving

Of the top ten reasons for relocating overseas, the chance of having an improved quality of life – in terms of jobs and housing - was the main reason for 63% of young Brits surveyed to consider moving abroad.

Enjoying an improved work/life balance was the third reason just behind, “living in a warmer climate.” Among further incentives for young professionals considering the move, 43% would move for the prospect of a higher salary and 39% would do so looking for more career opportunities.

For nearly a quarter (23%) of young Brits moving overseas, it would be a way to combine their desire to go travelling with working and getting paid and 19% felt that moving abroad would create more opportunities for promotion.

Reasons for staying

Looking at reasons not to leave the UK, a majority of 62% of Brits said they would miss their family too much. Other motives for staying are not being able to find work, missing friends, paying a high price for moving, or not being able to find a place to live.

The language barrier stands as the seventh place of the ranking, which shows that young Brits are not afraid of learning a new language. 13% of young people stated that their financial situation is tying them to the UK. Nearly one in five Brits (19%) has already lived or worked abroad before.

Do you think moving aboard would enhance your probabilities of finding a graduate job?

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