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Should I just find work abroad?

Asked by stardust (10562points) January 15th, 2010

I am out of work again for the third time in the space of 12 months. I am going from one job to another, which I end up feeling over-qualified for. I am considering travelling abroad to find teaching work, perhaps somewhere in UAE. I’m apprehensive about going alone. I have travelled alone before and had the most amazing, life-changing experience. I cannot pin-point my fears/anxieties about making a decision and sticking to it.
I feel if I stay at home(I am living in my mothers house, which isn’t ideal in any way) I will be throwing away an opportunity to have a wonderful experience. However, I cannot shake myself up to decide and just bite the bullet and go.
Can anyone offer some constructive advice? It’d be much appreciated.

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hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Have you considered teaching with the Peace Corps? A cousin of mine did that and also met his wife there, it’s been over a decade and he still loves what he does which can’t be said for a lot of other people.

HungryGuy's avatar

Going abroad is okay if you can get a job lined up first. There’s no reason to limit yourself to your home country. But why the UAE??? Hold hands with your s/o in public, go to prison… No thanks!

stardust's avatar

I’m from Europe. I appreciate your opinion, but I think you might have a narrow view in relation to the UAE? Dubai for instance is a lively, cosmopolitan city with a lot to offer. The specific course I’m doing offers jobs in Asia, South America & Egypt(which I do not want to work in)

@hungryhungryhortence, the Peace Corps isn’t an option as I’m a EU, but thanks :)

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Perhaps your employment woes is influenced by in doing adequate research upfront. You most definitely don’t want to go to Dubai as a foreigner, and not because of religious reasons.

filmfann's avatar

Chill out, and stay close to home. Things will get better.

stardust's avatar

you know I should’ve phrased my predicament differently. There’s more to it, such as the fact that I’m young & I want to experience life fully, i.e. as many cultures as possible, I want to see so many different places. I appreciate Dubai’s economic standing isn’t fantastic at the moment, but I think it would be possible to find work and experience another culture, no?

stardust's avatar

I don’t want to look back in a few years and regret that I stayed in my hometown, while I could’ve been out exploring different places in the world.

jamielynn2328's avatar

It sound like you already know that this is something that you want to do. What is the risk? If it doesn’t work out, you can always come back to the life that you have now, right? I say go for it. I always wanted to go, to explore, to get the hell out of here. Now I’m 30, settled down and have no options. Just take a chance on life, we only live once ya know.

stardust's avatar

@jamielynn2328 Thank you :) I don’t know why I’m looking for the extra reassurance, but I am glad that you understand my itchy feet & desire to explore

PandoraBoxx's avatar

No, it is not possible to find work in a country that is a state of economic collapse.

Do you have enough money in the bank to fund living expenses are for several months while you look for work?

stardust's avatar

@PandoraBoxx We’ll agree to disagree ;)

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john65pennington's avatar

Absolutely. but for the time being, i would stay away from Haiti.

HungryGuy's avatar

@john65pennington – Hey John. I haven’t seen you around in a while. I thought maybe you dropped out of all the Q&A sites after all the drama over on WaW… Say, did you ever give the answer to that question about a car parked on the wrong side of the road with its headlights blinding oncoming traffic? I think by now, you can reveal the correct answer…

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