Healthcare Jobs Abroad (United Arab Emirates)

Healthcare Jobs Abroad (United Arab Emirates)

Teaching, non-profit and volunteer work are all popular reasons to leave home and work in a foreign country, but what about traveling for high-paying healthcare jobs abroad? If you are an experienced nurse, healthcare assistant or doctor, would you consider working abroad?
A job posting landed in my inbox for an interesting opportunity in the United Arab Emirates – one of the richest (per capita GDP is ranked 14th) and most exciting countries in the world, with a large expatriate population – a call for doctor, healthcare and nursing jobs abroad. Through a UK-based placement organization, healthcare professionals with more than four years of experience are placed in hospitals and hotels that cater to English-speaking expats, business travelers and tourists.

Nursing and doctors jobs abroad (outside of the non-profit sector) are not exactly at the foremost of popularity, presumably because nurses and doctors (and other healthcare) workers are in such high demand here in the United States and Canada, and can therefore take in high rates of pay. Nursing jobs regularly have some of the highest per hour rates, not to mention weekend hours and overtime. The jobs listed in the UAE are just about on par with United States rates, but are offered tax-free for foreign citizens living in the UAE. Given the economic concerns in many Western countries, it seems reasonable that healthcare workers might be looking to find more lucrative (and stable) work in the Middle East.

Of course, the benefits of living and working in the United Arab Emirates are plentiful, and extend far beyond pay rates. With emirates (there are seven that make up the UAE) like Abu Dhabi and Dubai providing a dazzling urban landscape, the high-salaries and oil wealth in the Persian Gulf country make culture and nightlife a priority. While western influence is apparent – unlike many countries in the area, Western dress is accepted, along with more traditional clothing worn by Emiratis – the country is rich with Arab culture, in food, art, and music. It’s important to remember that the UAE lifestyle comes at a price – Abu Dhabi and Dubai are some of the most expensive places to live in the Middle East.

The job description (which is among many similar postings, and could be found by searching for healthcare jobs UAE – I won’t link to the exact post here, because I don’t know enough about it to provide an endorsement) was specifically targeting English-speakers – American, British, Canadian, Kiwi, South Africa, and Australian. The jobs entail fairly straight-forward medical responsibilities. Specialty nurse (like endoscopy nurses) are in particularly demand, and are paid accordingly.

If you are an experienced nurse, healthcare assistant or doctor, would you consider working abroad?

Working Abroad in a Changing Economy: Tips for Working Overseas in Tough Economic Times

Working Abroad in a Changing Economy: Tips for Working Overseas in Tough Economic Times

Just beginning to search for an overseas job can be overwhelming, but there are plenty of resources to help you find the perfect job abroad. You should think very carefully about all of the possibilities and issues that could arise in the country or position that you choose in economic terms – both your own personal economics, and those of the world.
It is impossible to turn on the news or open a newspaper without seeing warning signs about trouble in the world economy. We receive word from countries like Spain and Greece about austerity measures and near financial collapse. But the truth is that an uncertain economy should not keep you from looking for work opportunities in foreign countries.

1) Choose a country carefully:

If you are looking for adventure, you might have a few places in mind. These could be cities, countries or even continents on which you’d like to focus your job search. If you are relatively open about where you want to work (and location matters more than the job itself), it might be a good idea to focus on some countries that are being hit as hard by the global financial crunch. While there aren’t any places that are completely immune to economic challenges, some are certainly stable than others. Consider Australia for far away lands and beach living – jobs in Australia can vary from esort staffing to farm work in the outback. Canada may not seem exotic, but working on your French conversation skills while working at a corner café could be the job abroad that you have been looking for.

2) Be aware of exchange rates:

Many people who work abroad are paid in the local currency, while others are paid in US dollars (either because they are working for an American country abroad or for tax reasons). A fluctuating economy can have dramatic effects on the exchange rates – $500 US dollars may not go as far in the United Kingdom one month as it will the next. Unfortunately, changing the exchange rate probably isn’t something that is in your job description, but paying close attention to the financial news and planning accordingly can help you make the most of your budget while working abroad.

3) Don’t forget the logistics:

Often times it’s the little things that get passed over when you are working abroad – things like renewing visas, buying airlines tickets and keeping track of your passports. While we’d like to keep an open mind and remain optimistic about working abroad, we also need to be realistic: in an uncertain economy, things can change very quickly. If for some reason you need to leave the country in which you are working, you should be prepared. Keep some emergency cash on hand, make sure that you always know where your passport is, and don’t let visas expire. That way you are ready for anything, should you need to hop on a plane, train or bus at the last minute.

4) Use the opportunity to learn:

Anyone who is living in a foreign country should try to stay on top of the news – both local and international. Awareness of local politics and issues can enrich not only your cultural experience, but your work abroad experience as well. Economic news can be very helpful as you are planning, for many of the reasons stated above. Often, financial and economic reporting contains great historical information that can give you some context about the country in which you are working. And don’t limit yourself to newspapers and typical online sources; check out blogs and twitter feeds written by locals…or go straight to the source! Engage some locals in friendly political conversation for a real taste of what’s going on in your country.

Changing economic conditions can be overwhelming, whether you are at home or abroad. The news that we see everyday can be confusing, but remember that whether you are interested in finding a job abroad, or already working abroad and looking for resources, the best thing that you can do is stay informed. You are on the right track here at JobMonkey, so stay tuned for more blog posts about work and volunteering abroad.

Best Opportunities in Healthcare for Women

Best Opportunities in Healthcare for Women

Yesterday, Forbes posted an interesting study by the author of Best Jobs for the 21st Century, Laurence Shatkin. The career expert analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics reports to find the fastest-growing jobs for female workers. These are all fields where 70 percent or more of the workforce is comprised of women.

What topped his list?

  • Home Health Aids
  • Skin Care Specialists
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Dental Hygienists

As you can see, fields relating to health are growing especially quickly, and female workers are dominating many of these industries. Other health-related career options in the top twenty list include dental assistants (#7), medical assistants (#8), physical therapist assistants (#9), occupational therapist aides (#10), pharmacy technicians (#11), medical secretaries (#13), occupational therapists (#14), surgical technologists (#15), cardiovascular technologists/technicians (#17), and medical/public health social workers (#20). With the national unemployment rate hovering at about 9.5 percent, getting into the health field could be a great way to find a job, especially if you’re female.
Working in the healthcare industry does require some education, but you can actually get started with just an associate’s degree or diploma. There are even online healthcare degree options for students who want a more flexible education program.
Why is finding a healthcare job, especially in the above-listed fields, so easy in today’s job market, even when other industries continue laying off workers? A number of factors have come into play:

In order to cut costs, hospitals and other facilities are hiring more assistants and aids to complete tasks once done by higher-paid workers, like doctors.

Medical advances make it possible for people to live longer, so there is a larger senior citizen population. Generally, senior citizens need more medical care than younger patients.

The obesity problem in the United States means that more patients need help controlling diabetes, heart disease, and related problems.

Even when people are spending less money in other places, healthcare is a necessity that people can’t just give up in order to cut a household budget.

In the next several years, the healthcare industry is going to continue to need more workers of both genders. Going back to school to get a degree in one of these fields is a great way to get started in a new career with a high demand for workers.

Eid-ul Fitr

Eid-ul Fitr

Eid-ul Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm).

Eid-ul Fitr

Eid-ul Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “breaking the fast”. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. Muslims all around the world celebrate the end of fasting by gathering with family, friends, and neighbors and try to show a common goal of unity. It is a day of recognizance of God. They give each other gifts, distribute sweets and wear new clothes.

All Muslims mark the beginning of Eid by visiting their local mosques, to preform special Eid Prayer.
Eid Mubarak to all!

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Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha

At Eid al-Adha, many Muslims make a special effort to pray and listen to a sermon at a mosque. They also wear new clothes, visit family members and friends and may symbolically sacrifice an animal in an act known as qurbani.

Eid Al Adha

At Eid al-Adha, many Muslims make a special effort to pray and listen to a sermon at a mosque. They also wear new clothes, visit family members and friends and may symbolically sacrifice an animal in an act known as qurbani. This represents the animal that Ibrahim sacrificed in the place of his son.

In some traditionally Muslim countries, families or groups of families may purchase an animal known as udhiya, usually a goat or sheep, to sacrifice, but this is not common or legal in many parts of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or many other countries. In these countries, groups of people may purchase a whole carcass from a butcher or slaughterhouse and divide it amongst themselves or just buy generous portions of meat for a communal meal on Eid-al-Adha. People also give money to enable poorer members of their local community and around the world to eat a meat-based meal.

In the period around Eid al-Adha, many Muslims travel to Mecca and the surrounding area in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. Package holidays are organized from many countries. Muslims may plan and save for many years to enable them to take part in this event, which is one of the five pillars of Islam.


Ibrahim, known as Abraham in the Christian and Jewish traditions, was commanded by God to sacrifice his adult son. He obeyed and took Ishmael (Ismail or Ismael) to Mount Moriah. Just as he was to sacrifice his son, an angel stopped him and gave him a ram to sacrifice in place of his son. Some people dispute that the son of sacrifice was Isaac (Isḥāq). Regardless, these events are remembered and celebrated at Eid al-Adha.

The Islamic calendar is based on observations of the moon and the length of a particular month can vary between years. For this reason, predicted dates of Eid al-Adha may be corrected at the start of the month of Dhul Hijja. This is around 10 days before the start of the festival.