How to Find a Job Abroad as a Designer

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Designers are some of the most mobile and well traveled people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I’m not sure why, but designers have a knack for finding cool opportunities to immerse themselves within. In this post I am going to cover some ways to find a job abroad as a designer, based on my experience over the last three years.

Depending on the type of design that you can do, there are a plethora of opportunities available for you internationally. Design standards are different all around the world, creative in nature, and companies usually welcome a fresh perspective (if they have the right perspective).

Now, I hate to lump all designers into one giant category, because there are so many of them, but it’s truly a category in itself.

Here are some of the routes you can go in the Design track (keep in mind many of these intertwine with each other and build upon one another)
Graphic Design
Web Design
UX/UI Design
Illustrator
Computer Graphics and Animation

Digital Nomad Designers

Designers are a tricky bunch. From my experience, the majority of them have already figured out how to work remotely. The nature of their work allows them to work from anywhere, so most that I have interacted with only want remote work. If you are willing to relocate, companies will love you and there are plenty of opportunities.

Salaries?

Positions usually pay well. Not as good as software developers, but very good nonetheless. You can expect to be able to easily make upwards of 5k USD/month, especially if you have some coding skills to back it up.

Read more on how to negotiate your salary abroad here.

Most in demand?

UX/UI/Web Design – this is what companies really want right now. If you are a solid Web Designer/Developer, you can basically do anything you want to do in life.

Least in demand?

Graphic designer, purely because it isn’t very useful without the web aspect. Companies do everything online these days, and having some technical knowledge is necessary as a designer. Without it, you will definitely have some limitations in your hunt. With it, you will be limited to design of logos, one pagers, business cards, and some banner ads. My suggestion? Pick up some front end skills so you can really put your design skills to use.

Resources and Job Boards

Dribble
Behance
Authentic Jobs
Krop
Coroflot
AIGA Design Jobs

Before you begin applying to companies I suggest you check out two articles that will help you to effectively connect with companies.

1) How to generate referrals
2) Favorite resources for cold emailing

Both of these will put you well on your way to find a job abroad as a designer.

Thanks for reading and I hope this information helps you!

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