Q: I AM in my late 20s and have been working in a fleet department for the past eight years but what I’d really like to do is work abroad. How can I find out about opportunities in Europe?
A: YOUR first consideration should be to decide the nature of the work you want to undertake.
If it is the same, or similar, to your current role you could approach an organisation such as fleet operators association ACFO or the BVRLA for help. It may have relationships with companies seeking your skills abroad. At the very least, it might have links with similar associations throughout Europe.
Understanding the local job market is crucial. As a first port of call you could contact your local Chamber of Commerce to see if they have links to the countries you are interested in. They would be best placed to advise you about opportunities and prospects overseas.
It is also worth reflecting on the key management skills you have developed over the past eight years.
Identify these skills and perhaps start by approaching large multinational organisations, as their HR teams are more likely to have links to opportunities in their overseas offices.
Director, marketing and corporate affairs, Chartered Management Institute