Finance career paths in India: part 2

Posted by Abi Sharma on 2 April 2014

This is the second guest blog in the two part series on job options within Finance in India.

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Topics: job hunting, career choice, International Students

Finance Career Paths in India: Part 1

Posted by Abi Sharma on 25 March 2014

The unprecedented growth in the economy and the industrial development in India are opening up several new avenues for those who want to enter the finance sector. There are several lucrative and satisfying career options that one can choose from, after completing the finance courses. Here, we present some of the prominent career options available.

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Topics: job hunting, career choice, International Students

Law careers beyond the Law

Posted by Phil Howe on 17 March 2014

If you’re studying Law and have decided a career as a solicitor or barrister isn’t for you, what do you do? First things first, don’t worry! In my experience over the last 2 decades, helping employers recruit the best graduates, law students are in pretty high demand from firms as varied as government departments, professional services companies and strategy consultants. The content of your degree, combined with the many skills you have gained, makes you a pretty attractive proposition as a potential hire.

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Topics: employability skills, law, career choice

The Best International Careers Resource: GoinGlobal

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 17 January 2014

Here at International Futures we’re all very excited about our online international careers research tool – GoinGlobal. It’s a premium website which allows you to search for literally millions of jobs, internships and volunteering opportunities, across the globe. Whatever your career goals, and wherever you plan to work, GoinGlobal allows you to find the opportunities that are right for you.

As well as the powerful job search function, GoinGlobal also offers a superb employer directory detailing over 400,000 companies worldwide (yes, 400,000). This is an invaluable source of market intelligence, giving you the lowdown on the top employers in any given sector, across the globe. Want to work for an accountancy firm in Papua New Guinea? Find them on GoinGlobal – along with contact details, number of employees and annual sales. This allows you to determine who is likely to be recruiting, and how to contact them.

Last – but by no means least – the site features dozens of extremely detailed country profiles. These give you the lowdown on individual country’s’ major job sites, graduate recruitment fairs, professional organisations and masses of other useful info. You’ll also find interview etiquette tips for a particular country, visa and tax information, networking groups, CV & cover letter guidelines, advice on relocating, cultural information, and much, much more.

I know I’m gushing about this site, but it really is a bit special; and so easy to use. Here’s the catch – it’s a premium, subscription service. This means’ you can’t just access it freely. Your college may already subscribe (most of the University of London colleges do), so you’ll need to contact your careers service to find out how to get a personal account. Once signed up, you can use it from any computer, anywhere you are, where you’ll find a whole world of careers at your finger tips. Enjoy!

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Topics: networking, job hunting, employability skills, CVs and applications, Working abroad, law, career choice, International Students, Interviews

Alternative Energy Careers

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 1 December 2013

Over the next 20 years, global energy demand is expected to rise by 40% ( Whilst fossil fuels remain the dominant force in the energy sector, alternatives are playing a very significant part in filling the gap. Alternative energy – be it wind, wave, solar or geothermal energy, is an ever expanding global sector - so if you are looking for an interesting career in a growing, rewarding, valuable field, here are a few good resources to get you started.

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Topics: job hunting, employability skills, career choice, Postgraduate study, International Students

Researching Finance for Beginners: Part 2

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 24 November 2013

Hopefully you’ll soon be up to speed with some basic financial concepts and the major news stories of the day. As we saw before, the FT and CityAM are good sources of this basic information, but what else is out there? One of my favourite sources of financial information is the weekly Radio 4 programme, MoneyBox (no, I’m not being paid to tell you that). The emphasis is on personal finance, but it looks at the bigger picture. For example, a discussion on how to get cheaper heating bills will also explore the macroeconomic reasons for rising energy costs. It’ll also give you good money-saving ideas and information on student finance, consumer rights, loans and bank charges; so it’s a good listen even if you aren’t interested in finance.

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Topics: employability skills, career choice, International Students

Researching Finance for Beginners: Part 1

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 17 November 2013

Many students come to us with an idea that they want to work in finance, but without a really clear idea of exactly how the financial world works. This isn’t really very surprising at all – finance is an undeniably complicated sector – with its own concepts, vocabulary and jargon. For the non-native speaker of English, understanding these ideas and language can be particular daunting.

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Topics: employability skills, career choice, International Students

Working in the UK for Croatian, Bulgarian & Romanian students

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 6 November 2013

Roving Reporter Polly Penter helps you through the UKBA maze.

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Topics: job hunting, career choice, International Students

Global Recruitment Trends

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 17 July 2013

A year (or more) studying abroad looks fantastic on your CV: it shows that you are independent and prepared to step out of your comfort zone - and of course, it gives you valuable international cultural insight. But, as with all things, there can be a downside. If you are planning to return to your home country, you might be 'out of the loop' with recruitment information. How do people find out about jobs? What are the top recruitment sites? Is social media important? If so, which platforms? All of this is great intelligence for researching your future career, but where do you find it? Well, there are lots of places where you can look, but a good starting point is a site like this: You'll need to sign up to get the full content, and it's only a snapshot, but it gives you a good overview of recruitment trends in a wide range of countries.

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Topics: networking, job hunting, employability skills, CVs and applications, career choice, International Students

Top 5 essential resources for Finance careers

Posted by Abi Sharma on 10 May 2013

City, or Financial Services Sector, careers seem to attract a lot of graduates each year. Often it is the impression of the work-hard-play-hard culture, the excitement of taking risks and being responsible for large accounts. But behind that testosterone inspired perception, life in the sector is incredibly varied with opportunities within lots of different work cultures. Working out where you might fit and building sufficient knowledge about the industry takes a little bit of research….

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Topics: job hunting, career choice, International Students

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