With a 60-litre backpack clamped to your ribs, a day-pack hugging your stomach, and a mini-wheeler bouncing along behind you, you land in the City that Never Sleeps. This is the city where Tom met Meg and they got mail and stuff, the Big Apple, you guessed it… New York City.
Before you know it, you find yourself in a foreign country with no job, no home and no one to make you a cup of tea and tell you it will all be OK.
Luckily, you have at least two things on your side.
One: you’re a Brit, and most Americans love the Brits. Two: you’re not alone. We’ve got your back.
With STA Travel’s Work America programme, working in America has never been so flexible or easy. This programme is exclusively available to full-time university students, so whether you want to immerse yourself in a career-related placement in the ‘land of opportunity’, or just make some green to subsidise your travels with casual work, this is your ticket to an all-American summer.
A summer where you can discover the elusive ‘real America’, and break the tourist shackles.
Finding Work in America
As soon as you book onto the Work America programme, you get full access to our online Job Zone, where you’ll find scores of jobs from companies that are tried and tested by our past participants.
Most of the jobs advertised on the Job Zone are in the hospitality and tourism industry, as these are in high-demand for the summer months, and many come with either free or subsidised employee accommodation, making your hard-earned dollars stretch that extra bit further.
Many people head straight to New York or LA, but there are plenty of opportunities in the vast expanse between them, that are often overlooked. There are jobs available in the big cities, but competition is high and being busy, year-round hubs means that there aren’t as many seasonal jobs.
Broaden your Horizons
Broadening your horizons could deliver a more extraordinary experience.
You could be working at a ranch in Colorado, or a restaurant in New Orleans, a country-club in New Hampshire or at a theme park in Maryland. These are the jobs that will give you a taste of authentic Americana, that the big cities don’t quite manage. The other plus, is that the cost of living is usually lower outside of the big cities, so you’ll be sure to get more bang for your buck!
If you’re keen to carve out a career path, it’s advisable to put in some Google time before travelling to the States. Start researching and contacting potential employees as early as possible, to give yourself the best chance to land that dream job.
With our Work America support package, you not only get help sorting out that all-important visa but you’ll benefit from years of knowledge of how to bag yourself the job you want.
As well as pre-departure advice, staff will be on-hand to tweak your British CV into an all-American resume, give you interview tips and general job hunting advice from a local point of view.
The Job Zone also helps you to create a tailored US resume and allows you to find jobs directly. Like everyone’s favourite coffee-sipping NYC-dwellers, we’ll be there for you (when the rain starts to pour…).
Today’s post was written by Work America aficionado, Tace Bleasby. Tace has travelled widely throughout the US, most recently in May 2011 when she worked as the Assistant Program Director at a Summer Camp in Maine.