What are the minimum qualifications for going abroad for work?

You have a few acquaintances who left your home country and started a new life somewhere great. You often catch yourself daydreaming about doing the same… But then you suddenly decide you don't have the qualifications to make it happen, so you stop thinking about it and go on with your day.

You're not alone, in fact, accordingly to a Gallup Poll, there are around 1 billion people in the world who would like to move out from their birth country as soon as possible. But only a tiny fraction end up even trying it.

The exciting part though is that there are several options available for those who would like to work hard and migrate to a better place. I will mention a few of them, starting with the obvious (and most difficult) ones:

  • If you have money to invest or a fantastic business idea that can raise venture capital, most countries in the world will find a way to have you with whatever qualification you have.

  • The same if you are one of the most talented or recognised individuals in your field. You will be all right almost everywhere.

  • If you can get a job offer from a company from your desired destination, that's pretty much 80% there, and again, you can get one even without a degree.

Now, if you don't fit in the list above, you still have real options ahead of you, and the only question is how much work you are willing to put in. Here's a list of some additional ways:

  • You can calculate your chances of migrating to countries using a points-based immigration systemEven without a university degree, you can still migrate to some amazing countries (e.g. Australia, Canada and New Zealand)

  • You can search for countries with a working holiday visa where you usually have the right to work for up to a year or two.

  • You can apply for a startup accelerator if you have a business idea. As an example, Chile will give you close to USD 60,000 to live there for six months and develop your product or service. You then receive additional visa options to settle in.

  • You can land in your dream country as a student, initially, and then look for a company to sponsor your visa there. Some countries will allow you to work part-time while you study (e.g. Australia, where you can work up to 20 hours a week).

So to answer the question more directly, there are opportunities to work abroad for people in different skill levels. It gets harder if you have no educational degree at all, but definitely possible as demonstrated above.

Migrating to Australia without a university degree or job offer

Today I’m going to write about an immigration pathway to Australia which is not discussed very often.

First, it's important to note that Australia uses a Points-Based Immigration System. Such systems define a threshold number of points you need to score to qualify for a permanent visa to live and work in the destination country.

You can earn points for things such as your age, language level, occupation, educational degree, among others.

When most people hear about this option to migrate to Australia, it's common to think that only math geniuses will be selected. But the truth is that the government keeps a close look at which occupations are in demand all around the country, and it's not always the case that only doctors or engineers are needed.

I will use this newsletter also to share updates about occupations which do not require a university degree or a job offer. The immigration list can be updated at any time, so be aware that something you see here today, might not be there next year.

Let's start today with five occupations in the Australian immigration list which do not require a university degree or a job offer:


1- Baker

  • Description: Prepares and bakes bread loaves and rolls.

  • Requirement: Three years of work experience. Otherwise, two years of experience plus a technical degree.

2- Bricklayer

  • Description: Lays bricks, pre-cut stone and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures. Registration or licensing may be required.

  • Requirement: Three years of work experience. Otherwise, two years of experience plus a technical degree.

3- Cook

  • Description: Prepares, seasons, and cooks food in a dining or catering establishment.

  • Requirement: Three years of work experience. Otherwise, two years of experience plus a technical degree.

4- Dog Handler or Trainer

  • Description: Teaches dogs to obey commands and undertake specific tasks.

  • Requirement: Three years of work experience. Otherwise, two years of experience plus a technical degree.

5- Driving Instructor

  • Description: Instructs individuals and groups in the theory and application of driving motor vehicles. Registration or licensing is required.

  • Requirement: Three years of work experience. Otherwise, two years of experience plus a technical degree.

As of October of 2019, there are many other occupations with similar requirements in the immigration list for Australia. The same thing happens with other countries, such as Canada and New Zealand.

Watch out for the upcoming e-mails where I will talk more about how the points-based immigration system works and other immigration pathways to several countries with an excellent quality of life.

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