If you’re a mechanic searching for a new role, it can be difficult to find the perfect job for your situation and skillset.
Job hunting can become stressful when you need to find something that utilises your experience but also need to start earning money as quickly as possible.
Consider a contract mechanic role overseas as your next big adventure: it offers the balance between a well-paid position that requires a specific skillset with interesting tasks, not to mention the chance to live and work abroad.
Working as a contract mechanic in an overseas role might offer you the ideal balance between a varied job and a comfortable lifestyle. Read on to find out why you should consider a contract role overseas...
5 reasons to consider contract mechanic jobs overseas
1. Get paid well for expanding your portfolio
Aside from the other reasons for heading overseas to take a contract mechanic job, the expected salary is often a deciding factor for people. As technical jobs require highly skilled workers, so to attract the best mechanics the salary for contracting jobs is usually excellent.
You may even find that you get paid significantly more for doing exactly the same job you might have done in the military: you will be paid very well according to your abilities, while working on top-quality machinery and furthering your experience.
What you earn depends on your qualifications and the employer who hires you, but shorter term contracts of six to 12 months are often at a higher rate of pay to make up for the lack of future security.
There can be a number of other financial incentives too, such as cost of living allowances and travel contributions.
And as you will be paid by M&E Global, you can be certain that you’ll be paid on time, every time. For those who have the flexibility, or the blessing from their family, to take on contract work, it can be an opportune way to build a comfortable lifestyle.
2. Gain experience with a prestigious employer
If you’re looking to improve your career path by gaining experience on a wider choice of machinery, or perhaps take on more responsibility, a contract role may be ideal for you.
Contract mechanic roles overseas are available at all levels, so no matter your level of experience you’re sure to find a job that suits you.
What’s more, they are usually offered for a fixed period of time (sometimes with the option to extend), so you have the freedom to change jobs at the end of each contract if you wish.
This allows you to expand your experience and breadth of skills more than if you were in a longer term or permanent role.
Most employers are either military clients or a prestigious employer with similar expertise, so you’ll also benefit from the experience of working with a respected employer on other levels too.
3. Improve your job prospects in the future
Having international experience on your CV is a great way to give yourself a competitive edge for future job applications. It will help to set you apart from similarly skilled mechanics in what is a very competitive job market.
By adding an overseas stint to your portfolio, you’re showing potential future employers that you have experience in working with different cultures and a variety of environments. In today’s crowded job market, these are qualities that should not be overlooked.
4. See more of the world
If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug and have a longing to see the world, but feel tied down by job responsibilities, contract working may be the answer.
Working overseas gives you a great opportunity to explore different countries and cultures around the world, while earning and enhancing your CV at the same time. Your contract could be as diverse as Germany or Afghanistan – the options are wide ranging.
Not only will you have the opportunity to try different cuisine, perhaps learn a foreign language and gain experience in a different part of the world, you may have some great sightseeing on your doorstep too.
M&E are able to offer longer term roles of 12 months (with the potential to extend if you wish), so you are able to settle into life abroad with a greater job security, to fully embrace the experience.
5. Transfer your skills after leaving the military
Any military personnel will tell you that being in the forces is not just a career, it’s a way of life, so if you decide to leave the security of the forces, it can be difficult for some people to transition into a role that fulfils them the same way that the military did.
People have various reasons for leaving, but often it is due to the instability of military postings or the desire to gain more experience outside of the forces.
If you decide to leave the military and take your career in a different direction, it can be difficult to know where to begin, but working in an overseas contract role can be a great way to transfer your skills.
It is also a good transition from military to civilian life, as you may well be working for a military client and as such the atmosphere and job landscape can be very similar.
You will also be able to bring your skills that you gained in the military: by this we don’t just mean your experience as a mechanic, but also your transferable skills such as timekeeping and communication.
Skills that translate well to the civilian world, include attention to detail, organisation, leadership and physical agility.
Interested in finding out more about how to get a contractor job overseas?
Don’t hesitate to contact M&E Global. A member of our team will guide you through the process and find a role that suits you.