I am considering in the future working outside the UK (No destination currently decided) I have thought about contacting companies with regard to work experience. i.e working FOC for a few weeks to get an idea of working in a particular country. Has anyone experienced this?
You could always get a job with a company in the UK that has offices in other countries and then transfer to one of them. Lots of opportunity that way... at least if you have a skill that the company would want to transfer to another office.
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It's going to be quite difficult working abroad if you're going there without much experience. As corklad suggested jobserve has plenty of opportunities to work in mainland europe, this is especially true of automated (both functional and load) testing. Two hotspots (more warmspots in the current economic climate) are Eire and Holland, probably due to the fact that a foreign language isn't necessary. Lots of UK contractors decamped to Europe after IR35 (a disadvantageous tax law) was brought into force a couple of years back.
It's worth noting that a significant number of jobs (not quite as high on contract jobs as permie) on jobserve are agency 'hooks' to get your CV on file so don't be overly surprised if you get a lot of dead ends. Not trying to be pessimistic (I got my last 2 jobs through jobserve), just a warning. Good luck!
[This message has been edited by jonboy (edited 02-18-2003).]
I would say that I'm reasonably experienced (5 years). What I was actually considering was approaching some companies and asking for maybe a months work (unpaid) as sort of a work placement to see how I find the change in culture, environment etc, before taking the bigger plunge.