Tips/steps for getting a job outside of the US?




In our “how can we help you?” thread, a reader asks:

I would like to know more about the first steps in a philosophy career outside the USA, especially in Europe but within analytic philosophy. Almost all online info that I’ve found was about the US. My biggest questions are:

Is the field so competitive, that after the PhD one will usually find temporary positions which are geographically distant?
Is it typical for someone to move a lot in the first years of their career (between different countries or even hemispheres)?
Is job security low, and is there a real risk of becoming unemployed and not being able to find another position?
What other difficulties are there, if any?
In order for one to advance, must there be a free position (for example, a free lecturer position)? Or can someone advance just by performing well and by publishing?
Again, concerning the job markets outside the US: is it easier to find an academic position if one specializes in applied ethics?
How difficult would it be to find a non-academic job in fields such as business ethics, ethics of technology or bioethics? Is the level of competition very high or is training in the relevant field required?

This is a lot of questions, but they are all good ones, and it would be great to hear some answers from people in the know, such as US PhDs who have gotten jobs outside of the US (particularly Europe) and people who serve on search committees abroad.

What do you all think? If people from abroad do chime in with tips, it would be great to hear which country you are in, as this might lend greater context to your tips/insights!

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