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Opportunities to work while travelling is a prime chance to fund an exciting overseas adventure, whether it is a gap year in your transition from education to the workforce, or you have decided to take a hard earned break. The typical positions previously available to the transient and travelling individual of fruit picking, bar work and other sub-menial tasks is giving way to provide a dearth of demand for short to medium term contracts for educated and skilled holidaymakers, especially in key skill positions that governments deem as desirable and are currently experiencing a shortage in supply.

One of the key skill areas deemed necessary due to shortages by most international countries is within the healthcare industry. The time invested in obtaining the nursing skills and qualifications required are transferable to another country. This has resulted in a pressing demand for qualified nurses to explore the world. Additionally, securing nursing jobs overseas is a logical and economical way to finance your overseas experience, enabling you to spend an extended period away from home.

As New Zealand and Australia are key destinations for the budding traveller, these regions are also a focal point of demand for nursing jobs. With the ability to experience the beaches, deserts and tropical rainforests of Australia, while observing the raw natural beauty of New Zealand, finding a role in the healthcare industry in this part of the world is not only a rewarding career experience, but the adventure of a lifetime. Travel to and around Asia and the Pacific regions is easily achievable from here.

However, most travellers struggle to locate the specific information about the skills and qualification requirements of obtaining nursing jobs overseas, the positions available, along with the explicit entry requirements to the country and the mandatory work permits that must be obtained before arrival.

Employing the services of a specialist health care recruitment agency who has experience not only in allocating nursing jobs, but within the health care industry itself, often have long standing relationships with hospitals, nursing facilities, outpatient clinics and home health agencies. Not only will they find a position most suitable from your stated desires and experience, but provide challenging environment that will not only provide an enjoyable workplace, but contribute to your extending skill base and career prospects. Furthermore, as in many cases the interviews can take place in your country of origin, and if accepted, you will have peace of mind before you set out on your travels.

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