I am curious to know if anyone here is using, or has used surveying as a tool to move abroad and perhaps see the world a little.
I would like to live in a number of different countries, and likely not all of them but I'd like the chance to live in one or more of the following, preferably for a reasonable period of time, not just months at a time:
- The U.S
Has anyone here ever successfully done this before? (What were your challenges and things that you'd do differently)
Is there anything anyone can recommend in terms of their particular region? (How to find a job, best avenue of approaching and cold calling surveying firms looking for work etc)
Did any of your drafting or GIS skills come into use on a freelance/contract basis either locally or via the internet on sites like www.upwork.com ?
Would only being able to speak English be a major problem?
I am currently at an associate level as a surveyor. I have nearly 5 years experience with a wide range of equipment and jobs, including As-con, cadastral, engineering, total station, RTK, levelling etc. I have experience with GIS software, AutoCAD, CvilCAD and 12d.
Money is not a huge problem, meaning, I don't expect to come home rich (if at all) but I'd certainly like to be living a reasonable life.
I realise this is a pretty broad topic, but I am very interested to hear everyone's opinion and ideas and whether anyone has done it before. I hope this is something other people are interested in too.