06 Sep Travelling with Coding Skills

The world seems to get smaller every year: Travel is becoming cheaper, communication gets easier and remote working is becoming more common. Indeed, many of us will live in foreign countries for long stretches of our lives.

With this in mind, it’s no wonder that people start considering which career is the most travel-friendly. Some qualifications are very lucrative on a local level, but don’t have the same cache in the foreign market: Law is a classic example, as laws differ from country to country.

Other occupations travel well, but don’t always pay generous salaries; hospitality work and teaching, for instance.

Indeed, coding is one of the few white collar professions that’s especially travel-friendly. Here are a few reasons why coding travels well…

A line of code is the same in any country
This is the best and most compelling argument for coding as a travel aid. Software development is mostly the same no matter where you do it: A line of HTML doesn’t care if it’s written in Tel Aviv, Dublin or Tokyo, and a software development solution works the same way in any timezone.

In fact, some of our staff have worked in tech all over the world, from Israel to China via South Korea and North America. And Code Institute graduates have either taken their qualification to their home country, or travelled to new jobs in foreign climbs, including Spain, Venezuela, Florida and Chicago (among other places).

Big tech companies have an international presence
As you know, tech giants have a footprint in many territories, so (to use just one example) experience in the Dublin Google office would look good if you’re applying for a job in their London one.

And there are multiple ways to live a successful life abroad. If you don’t want to travel but value job security, many tech companies give employees the option to work abroad: You might be working for a tech company in your hometown and transfer opportunities could arise in any number of places, from Mumbai to Brazil to literally anywhere.

It happens. We know software developers who have happily transferred from Dublin to San Francisco, and from London to Beijing (to name just two instances). We also know software developers who have transferred their work to remote mode while travelling with a spouse.

This brings us to…

Remote working is increasingly common
More and more workers, and especially software developers, are working entirely or partly remotely. In some lucky cases, this includes extreme remote working – carrying out your software development work for clients from your hometown while in a foreign country. This is growing in popularity and there are online resources and discussions available from people who’ve made the leap.

Some successful software developers split their time between locations (between their base and where the weather is better or a loved one lives, for example).

These options arise after a certain level of experience and when the developer’s skills are demand. Some even manage to earn the relatively high wages from their home countries while working part-time in a warmer, cheaper location. This life involves compromise (an insecure beginning, working strange hours and missing friends and family), but for many, working fewer hours while living near a beach is the perfect way to live.

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