Kudos given, moving to these popular locations can be incredibly daunting, expensive and difficult to find work in such competative markets.

But, if you’re taking the plunge, why not do it somewhere a little different? Or somewhere that can benefit you in the early stages of your professional life? 

Below are five thriving locations for young expats, profiting from government schemes, flourishing economies, and large expat communities.


1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam Best Attractions Canals

It may be one of the oldest cities in Europe, but Amsterdam is the destination of dreams for many budding expats. The city is trendy, with a youthful air, and it is the first port of call for many fledgling expats.

Working in Netherlands has always been popular with young professionals, with the majority securing seasonal-jobs-working-holidays in fashion, advertising, and information technology.

Employers in Amsterdam are constantly on the hunt for non-Dutch speaking candidates, and with government led Expatcentre Amsterdam helping highly-skilled migrants settle in the city, millennials can rest assured they will be looked after.

Some companies can even help you get a residence permit, register at city hall, and get a social security. If you are ooking for summer seasonal-jobs-working-holidays in Europe this is one of the best cities to apply.


2. Shanghai, China

Shanghai skyline night

Are you open to a new country and culture? Consider going to work in China.

Shanghai is a vibrant city and one of the largest e-commerce markets in the world. This city is popular when considering their powerful global corporations and ever-rising economy.

Shanghai may seem like a culture shock for young expats, but it is an unrivalled opportunity for a head start in business, whilst experiencing unique culture and customs.


3. Perth, Australia

Perth, WA

Usually dwarfed by Sydney and Melbourne, Perth is the least daunting Aussie city for young expats to move to. It is the countries’ up and coming ‘it city’ and is gaining a global buzz for having exceptional work/life balance.

The city boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it is one of the most popular west coast Australia destinations. Perth is championed for its cheaper rental prices and rising economy.

Moving to the other side of the world can be daunting for millennials. If your stomach is in knots, investing in a comprehensive travel insurance plan can help diminish those fears a little and help you concentrate on setting up your new life in the sun.

If you like the idea of working in Australia there are lots of seasonal-jobs-working-holidays for skilled migrants and working holidays for anyone waged 18-35.

Other options include:


4. Dubai, UAE

Dubai free things to do

Dubai is one of the most luxurious cities in the Middle East and a great move for young expats.

Working in United Arab Emirates is ideal for anyone open to adapting to a new culture, as rules and regulations are strict.

Getting a visa can be achieved by securing a position through an employer and there are jobs in various industries from IT, hospitality, tourism and architecture. Unless you have a mountain of savings, moving to Dubai with no job can prove extremely costly as this is one of the more expensive destinations on our list.

However, if a visa/money is not an issue, Dubai is a fast paced city with a diverse expat community – ideal for young expats to make friends in. Dubai is an opportunity to experience a culture like no other in the world, and make the most of a country with a booming economy and professional ethos. 

The UAE is also a tax free country, meaning you can make big savings.

Here are some other things you can do here:


5. Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv

After powerhouse Dubai, the evolving metropolis of Tel Aviv has the 2nd largest economy in the Middle East.

Israel’s capital city has been gaining notoriety for being the up and coming ‘place to be’, with many dubbing it as the new ‘LA’ for its exciting and exuberant atmosphere. Due to its rapid development, now is the time for young expats to get stuck in and revel in the opportunities the growing economy presents.

You can find work in Israel in various industries, and so many local and international companies are based in Tel Aviv.

When moving to any country for work, it is best for young expats to get their hands on income replacement insurance. This will protect your wages against an accident or an illness that prevents you from attending your usual occupation.


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