Everyone wants to travel overseas, but not everyone has the cash to holiday for months on end, which is why jobs you can do anywhere in the world are so good. They give you the chance to trek around the globe without having to stress too much about how you’re going to fund your adventures. Plus, you get a whole range of new experiences that you probably wouldn’t get if you were just going down the tourist route.

Tradies cop a lot of flack, but not being stuck in an office, earning big bucks and being debt free seems like a pretty sweet gig to us. On top of all that good stuff, the skills you learn within a trade in construction can be used anywhere in the world and that means you can chase the work/travel dream.

Luckily, there’s a heap of trades that let you do just that and one of the best bits is organisations like Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) are there to provide info about working in the construction industry and how it could be the perfect opportunity for you to stretch your legs and see the world.


You already know that working in hands-on trades within the construction industry lets you get away from the desk. You learn skills that are pretty important no matter what you do, like critical thinking, problem solving, communication and maths.

On top of that, the skills you learn within a construction trade are also super valuable when you head overseas. Earning your qualification on Aussie soil puts you ahead of the international competition and the Gov has agreements with a heap of countries to make it possible to travel and work without too much of a hassle. Because an apprenticeship gives you a nationally recognised qualification, it’s not uncommon for tradies to work around Australia, but the knowledge is also held in high regard in a heap of countries overseas.

Plus, there’s things like The Queensland Overseas Foundation that offer scholarships specifically for 18–30-year-old apprentice, trainee and VET graduates (Cert III and up) who want to go work overseas and get some more experience in their chosen trade. The scholarship helps fund travel-related expenses up to $7,500 and it’s awarded to five people per year. It’s a good scholarship (one that heaps of us at Year13 are wishing we could apply for)–who wouldn’t want a helping hand to get overseas?

Got itchy feet?

There’s plenty of trades in the construction industry that you can do anywhere in the world, and if you’re located in Queensland, you can get cracking on getting qualified with our mates at CSQ. They subsidise courses and can help you with any info you need about working in the construction industry. Here’s a handful of the jobs that let you work and travel:

  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Bricklaying
  • Landscape Construction

Being a qualified tradie in these areas means the world is pretty much your oyster and skills in construction are needed all over the globe.

No matter where you go, there will always be a need for skilled workers and thanks to Australia having such quality apprenticeship programs, you can learn everything you need at home then get off.

Already got itchy feet? Finding out more about how to become an apprentice is easy–just head here.