Continuing our International Business learning series, we’ll now focus on the United Kingdom. For centuries, Great Britain has had a large network of territories, colonies, and a Commonwealth of Nations. What remains is the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and many smaller territories. Despite shrinking over the last century, the UK retains the world’s fifth largest economy and a lasting influence throughout the world. We want to help you learn more about this great country, whether you want to work there, work with UK companies, take advantage of their market, or just want to know more about their economy and culture.
Because we live in such a global world, we provide learning pages for most of the major countries in the world. This gives you tangible knowledge and skills that you can apply to your professional and personal lives.
Here’s what you’ll find in this Learning Page (click to skip to this section)…
I. Introduction – As you’re reading now, we’ll overview the UK and discuss why to learn about this country
II. The UK Learning Page – We’ll discuss all the topics and sources you’ll want to learn regarding the UK as a place to do business or just get to know more about
III. International Business Career Services – Since our learning page is outcome driven, we want to help you delve into an international business career direction
So flip the tab, discover the outcomes you can expect from gaining this skill, how to best learn it, and then get started in enhancing your learning and career!
Reverse Tide’s UK Learning Page is outcome focused. This is where we’re unique… the topics of study, the sources, and the emphasis on quickly getting real experience are designed to give you real skills and allow you to more easily find work involving the United Kingdom. Here are just a few of the many ways to use your learning here…
The Learning Page you see in Section II of this page is designed to teach you all about the United Kingdom, with a slant toward international business involving the country. Our learning aims to be as comprehensive and efficient as possible, while maintaining a low cost. There are so many ways to learn about the UK and we hope to get you started so you can interact more with the country and deepen your knowledge/experience there.
So here’s how we structure the learning page…
1 – Learn Basic UK Knowledge. The United Kingdom is much more than just England, as it is comprised of many cultures within. It has a powerful consumer, large global economic / military / diplomatic ties throughout the world, and a culture that has influenced a large part of the world both at present and historically. However, we’ll help you learn in more depth so it’s valuable to more than just what the eye sees each day.
2 – Go There! In any of our country specific learning pages, we want to encourage you to visit and experience it first-hand. We’ll help with resources to make that happen.
3 – Specialize. We want to help if the UK interests you on a career level, where you want to work inside the country or work with companies, the government, or people there. We will help with some of the resources to build a career there, while also focusing on the skills and experience that would be a pre-requisite to getting started.
In Section II, we’ll get into the meat of Reverse Tide’s Learning Page and then later on, we’ll give you all the resources you need to be successful in an international business type career. So let’s do it!
Reverse Tide is the internet’s leader in providing comprehensive learning on the modern economy’s most important professional skills. Unlike traditional universities, training programs, and other formal learning programs, we focus on five core goals…
1 – Topical. We only focus on the skills most important to today’s modern economy. If the economy changes, we change (although we predict where things are headed in advance).
2 – Comprehensive. We cover the totality of subjects needed to become job-ready.
3 – Efficient. We don’t waste time or resources on meaningless material. We tell you why you should learn each subject in the path toward proficiency.
4 – Affordable. Each learning curriculum costs under $1,000 for both education and career services. However, the idea is this is an investment that pays for itself through career enhancement.
5 – Career Enhancing. We focus on the skills and practices that get you hired into well-paying jobs. No fluff, administration, fancy degrees/certificates. Just great education and even better career services.
Nope we’re not traditional and that’s our great strength! If you want to hang a diploma on the wall or have letters next to your name, best to go elsewhere. If you want to learn about the United Kingdom and International Business, while giving yourself the best chance at a great job, you’re in the right place. Welcome to Reverse Tide Learning.
Let’s get started. On the left, each tab represents a subject. Each one will have the learning materials we suggest are best to learn that subject. The idea is that by learning each of these subjects well, you’ll be well positioned to start getting whatever experience you seek.
You have two choices. You can learn each of these subjects or skip around based on your own unique goals. We suggest doing them all, as it will help you be well-rounded and versatile, which is very important in any professional function. Here we go…
Introduction… The history of this country has been perhaps the most impactful in shaping the modern world (for better or worse). Great Britain was long the world’s most powerful economy and military and this reach extended to virtually every continent. You can still visit so many places today and see the lasting impact the UK had on its way of life.
We want to dig into the UK’s history in more detail. This can help you understand these lasting international ties and how it has shaped the remnants of the UK’s territory. Here are the sources we like…
Introduction… UK culture is widely known throughout the world. However, it’s so much more than the English Premier League, bands like the Beatles, Harry Potter, and the royal family. The UK has a long tradition of rich culture, which is why so much resonates on a global level.
We want to go beyond its most popular cultural exports and go into detail about local culture. What is it like to live and work in the UK? What is it like to interact with its people? Let’s discover this detail…
The United Kingdom has a very large and global economy. While growth has moderated in recent times, it is still a very influential country.
It’s a bit difficult to find a book or course that describes their economy comprehensively. So our best advice is to subscribe to some of the best sources for UK economics, financial news, and other sources on this topic. Here are a few suggestions…
Introduction… The UK is still ruled through its monarchy on an official basis, yet much of this is informal. The prime minister, Parliament, and the rest of its formal government represent the people and run the country.
The biggest topic under UK politics these days is its break from the European Union. The EU had authority to set many economic and political laws but the UK’s exit will change many laws and government structure over the coming years.
Despite a lot of imminent change, we’ll focus on helping you learn about the UK’s political system as it currently stands. Honestly, not much will change when it’s all finished…
Introduction…. The UK primarily exists as a large island in the upper Atlantic, although there are territories elsewhere. Geography has always been both an advantage and disadvantage for the UK throughout history. Let’s examine it in a bit more detail…
Introduction… English is widely considered the international language because it’s so widely spoken across the globe. While more people natively speak other languages, English is often what two foreigners revert to using for communication. And this makes sense, as so much of the global economy and entertainment originates from English speaking locations.
There is a huge demand to learn English, whether for economic opportunities, to accommodate tourism, or as a popular second-language choice for children.
For the UK, English is the only official language. If you want to study or work in the UK, learning fluent English is a must. Even if you’re conversational now, you’ll need to improve your capability to a more advanced level.
We suggest learning English using our “Best Methods” approach and then taking the IELTS to have accredited skill. Here is how we suggest doing it…
Introduction… One of the best ways to learn about the UK is to study current affairs. For a country of this size, just reading their daily news or seeing experts comment on the UK economy, corporations, politics, and culture is plenty insightful. Having the background gives these topics the context it requires.
Be careful with sources in the UK. There is a large tabloid culture that prioritizes sensationalism, rumor, and other clickbait type content. And like many countries, it has become a very polarizing time, where many in the media represent an ideology rather than responsible journalism. In light of this warning, here are the ones we like…
Now that we’ve studied the United Kingdom in-depth, it’s time to take a step back and ensure you’re well versed in the fundamentals of international business. It’s not easy for a foreigner to enter a country and set up a business. There are trade laws and local regulations to be aware of. You are dealing with a different culture and a very different market. So even if you’re a UK expert, you still need to be cognizant of how to be successful in business.
These are generic international business sources but they can help no matter what country you go to. If you’re already experienced in International Business, feel free to skip this. However, if you want to improve your international business fundamentals, we’re here to help…
Introduction… It’s not so simple as making a decision to move to a new country and set up a business (or expand an existing on to that country). International trade laws and processes have huge implications on the capability to sell good/services overseas. This is the place to start for those seeking business expansion to international markets…
Introduction… At some stage, you will start investigating international expansion in more depth. You’ll want to know how to start the process, what factors to research in deciding where to go, and the main strategic/operational considerations for launching an overseas business expansion.
Because this is a very complex topic and such strategic considerations will be a large factor in either succeeding or failing, we cover this topic over three sources. Here are the ones we like…
Introduction… Marketing in your home country is difficult enough and yet you already know the language, culture, and are already a consumer yourself. Now take all those marketing challenges and add the complexity of an entirely different market. You may not know what channels are popular there. You’ll have to hire local staff to help with the language skills. You’re probably less familiar with competitors. So we want to get you a bit of help.
Selling abroad should be a no-brainer for any business. There are so many accessible customers if you simply make the commitment to expand your thinking. However, nobody is going to be capable of giving you a recipe for instant international marketing success. You will need to put the work into it. We can start with sources that help you think on a more global level with considerations, best practices, and case studies…
Introduction… The last step in International Business is figuring out the financial details of your international expansion. This is a very complex topic and likely something you want to defer to banks, financiers, tax experts, and attorneys. However, obtaining a basic knowledge will help you understand what you should be investigating relative to this topic.
A lot of companies expand internationally exclusively for the financial or tax benefits. Others are sunk by not giving this adequate planning. So while this may be dry and unexciting, it’s crucial for people to learn. Here are our favorite generic sources to get started…
The content in the last section was good for everyone to understand but is most relevant to people expanding their businesses overseas. This section is most relevant toward people looking to live and work in the United Kingdom. It is certainly very possible to achieve this but it requires a bit of work. Among the things you’ll have to do:
There are plenty of hybrid options including working for a UK employer from overseas or doing business in the UK market. We’re here to give you resources for all these options. Let’s explore!
There are many ways to get UK experience without truly working in the United Kingdom. One way is to apply for a full-time job through your normal local job boards and type ‘England’ or ‘British’ type phrases into the search. Working for a UK firm in your home country can give you valuable experience and potentially a network to bridge that career path into the United Kingdom.
Another good way is through freelancing. On any of the main freelance boards, there are tons of UK employers. So you can interact with real businesses and fill your resume with real UK experience from your home computer.
So how do you get started in freelancing? We have an entire Freelance Microsite dedicated to this topic. Start with our article (linked below) and then head over for more great freelance resources. Look for UK employers, English language, UK market projects, or the skills that would be desirable by UK firms (the things they commonly outsource like IT, customer service, etc). Then build up your resume from there.
Here’s the link to our introductory article:
There is a lot of demand to work in the UK and specifically in the international city of London. This is a city filled with foreign workers and thus you’ll find a lot of companies willing to interact with foreigners. Of course you still have to prove substantial value and be eligible for immigration to warrant consideration over a citizen.
Linked below are the most popular job sites in the United Kingdom. You can check whether they require citizenship or are willing to look abroad. And even if they aren’t initially, they might be interested if you contact them directly and prove your outstanding qualifications…
To really maximize your chances of having the best qualifications and a stand-out application package (resume, portfolio, etc), refer to our Career Services Guides below. In a really competitive job market for foreign workers, these things make a huge difference.
The UK’s immigration system is a bit complex at the moment. During the European Union days, the UK maintained its own border control but had easy entry and work rights for European citizens. With UK exit from the EU, there is a lot of unknown about the future of these immigration policies.
This is something worth paying close attention to. It is likely that nothing will change, as many companies rely on foreign talent to operate businesses. However, the processes are likely to change often in the coming years.
Whether you’re traveling through the United Kingdom or moving there, it can be intimidating. However, there are some great guides and resources that make the journey infinitely easier. Here are a few of our favorites…
For general travel guides, TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet are go-to guides.
There are many great travel resources that give you advice and perspective on UK life. Expatica, UK Travel Guide, Visit Britain, A Lady in London, and British Travel Blog are a few of the many helpful resources you can find.
Now comes the fun part. Learning a career skill like international business isn’t done for fun or for your health… it’s done to benefit your career!
So we are offering something you can’t find anywhere else on the internet. We’re offering something that universities are doing a very poor job of these days and formal training programs most certainly don’t do.
We’re providing Career Services specific to International Business. The objective is to get you a job! Whether you’re working with overseas companies or aspiring to work for them abroad, we’re here for you.
We do it all! This section provides tons of resources to help you accomplish your specific career goals and specific international business!
Now that you’ve improved your international business skills, it’s time to focus on how to apply them in the professional world. Reverse Tide’s Career Services rival anyone’s. We can help you with so much (resumes, portfolios, freelancing sales, and anything you need).
The first thing we offer, however, is a custom career guide for International Business. In this guide, you’ll find specific tips on getting a job with the skills you’ve learned in our learning path (or any other credentials you had prior). We’ll cover…
This guide is one of a kind… we don’t know of anyone else providing such specific advice! And best of all, it’s super cheap!
For more information or to sign up, check out our page:
We’ve assembled a guide that helps create the best resume among your peers. It uses the most modern, creative, and eye-catching ways of writing your qualifications and impressing employers.
With this guide, you get the following benefits…
For more information and to sign up, visit our Building a Top Resume Guide Page
Our guide is intended to help you with writing the most effective cover letter of your life. We want it to be attention-getting, persuasive, and converting (just like a good advertisement!). So here’s how we’ll do it…
For more information and to sign up, check out our page Writing Amazing Cover Letters Guide
If you want an international job, you should be familiar with the idea of a professional portfolio. You want to show employers how you can earn them revenue and instances of doing that in the past. After all, that’s what every business does so why wouldn’t you do the same?
In this guide, we’ll teach you about what the best professional portfolios look like. This way you can demonstrate and prove your qualifications rather than simply stating them. More specifically, here’s what we’ll do…
For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Creating a Professional Portfolio Guide
The interview is the equivalent of closing the sale. This is when you’re getting more personalized and discussing the terms of whether the professional arrangement is mutually beneficial. Just like anything in management, this requires a lot of preparation.
In this guide, we want you to own the interview and get that dream job. We’ll talk all about outstanding interview preparation and even better execution so you’re as successful as possible. Specifically, we’ll go into depth on the following…
For more information or to sign up, visit our page Owning the Interview Guide
In business functions, you’re going to spend a lot of time writing proposals. Whether you’re proposing initiatives to upper managers, investors, customers, suppliers, etc or are pitching your own business, getting the proposal right is crucial to being successful in this function.
In this guide, we’ll go into a lot of depth on how to write winning business proposals. We’ll approach it from the perspective of someone writing a job proposal and all the things needed to achieve success. More specifically, we’ll discuss the following…
For more information or to sign up, visit our page The Business Proposal Guide
A lot of people are looking to get involved in freelancing these days. As we said in this learning page, it’s a good way to get international experience without leaving your home. It can also be much more, as you’re capable of helping so many companies and doing so on your own terms (rather than going through an agency). You can choose your specialty, choose your sales targets, and once you win the work can choose how you approach it.
The disadvantage to freelancing is you have to do your own sales. This guide is aimed at the freelancer and the many ways to boost their sales results. We have tons of resources, examples, and sales methods specific to freelancing. Here’s what you get in this guide:
For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Increasing Freelance Sales Guide
Continuing our freelance series, we want you to make the most of freelancing. Going from gig to gig and client to client is fine but you have so many opportunities to make it something bigger. You can turn this into a full business that earns really well (without it solely depending on your sales and execution).
In this guide, we get serious about freelancing and formulate all the ways to turn this into something much more lucrative to you as business owner. Specifically, we’ll cover…
For more information or to sign up for this guide, visit our page at Freelance Gigs to Lucrative Business Guide
As you can see from our UK Learning Page, our International Business Career Services Guide, and all the more generic career guides, we take your skills and job prospects very seriously. We simply want you to do the best you possibly can. With that said, everything above is generic. Which means the only thing left is working with you directly!
We allocate a small number of slots each day to working with the Reverse Tide community directly. Among the services we offer…
For more information or to sign up for a time slot today, visit our page Reverse Tide Personalized Career Services