Potentially Moving to Europe

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11. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 435 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

A psychologist will need profound command of the language to work with clients, right? So either he knuckles down and learns the language, or you are limited to English speaking surroundings. In southern Europe only Malta comes to my mind.

If I understand right, you are planning to move in about two years. This means you still have time to improve your language skills and qualifications. Remember that you will be competing with EU citizens. Employers have to prove that they could not find a suitable candidate with citizenship of an EU state for the job in question before they may employ a non-EU national.

Your bachelor in English literature does not sound too promising on the job market either. But it may be a good base for obtaining a teaching qualification. Best, a higher one than those six week CELTA courses. Again, you will be competing with the whole EU and its load of people with university degrees and skills in three or four languages.

12. Posted by mccalpin (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

The "easiest" way to move to Europe for US citizens is to get a job with a US company who sends you to Europe for several years (my brother is currently in London for this reason).

The second easiest is to get a job with the European branch of an American institution - think: US university campuses in Europe. That's how I spent a year in Rome.

As the others noted, just going to Europe hoping to land a job is very difficult or impossible because of (1) high local unemployment, and (2) competition with better qualified Europeans.

Even teaching English is no longer a shoe-in job, since there are so many Europeans who speak English as well as (or sometimes better) than us native speakers.

P.S., don't forget the US military. The Department of Defense runs schools around the world for military kids. My wife remembers seeing a lot of guys who avoided the Vietnam draft by teaching high school all over (she is an Air Force brat).

In short, it can be done, but you have to be creative, and don't expect it to be easy...


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