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How to start your career in Dispute Resolution

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 25 August 2015

Dispute resolution covers a huge range of cases and clients, from a self-employed plumber chasing an unpaid invoice to multinationals in dispute with entire countries or trading blocks. Where possible, settling out of court is the least costly process (in terms of time, money and heartache). However, where necessary it’ll be settled by court litigation.

As a lawyer, you’ll be supporting your clients in either situation. This may include advising on the validity of a claim, gathering evidence, negotiating with other parties, and supporting barristers in court. It’s a pressurised area of law, as livelihoods depend on your abilities as an advocate; but a rewarding one when your client gets the result they are looking for – especially if it avoids the trouble of going to court.

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Topics: law

Studying Medicine in the USA

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 21 November 2014

Each year an increasing number of international students consider studying medicine in the US. For those considering such a move after their time in the UK, here’s a few resources to get you started.

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Topics: Medicine and Healthcare, career choice, Postgraduate study, International Students

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

Your One-Stop International Careers Hub: There’s More to Careers Tagged than Mayotte

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 24 January 2012

Every day dozens of students come to the Careers Service asking: “How can I find out about job opportunities in the French overseas territory of Mayotte (located between the Mozambique Channel and Madagascar)?” Okay, so maybe not ‘dozens’, or indeed ‘every day’, or possibly ‘ever’. But if they did, they would be in for a treat, because the University of London has possibly the world’s most comprehensive collection of resources on working in Mayotte (and any other country you’d care to think of): It’s called Careers Tagged, (www.careerstagged.co.uk) and it’s really very special. They would discover that opportunities in Mayotte (capital city: Mamoudzou) extend beyond lobster and shrimp fisheries, perfume and vanilla exports – to construction, education, development and a wealth of other opportunities. They’d find recruitment agencies specialising in France’s overseas territories (or ‘Dom Toms’), official government employment sites and international organisations present on the islands.

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Topics: networking, job hunting, law, career choice, Postgraduate study, International Students

Researching Law Firms for International Students

Posted by Mark Gilbert on 13 January 2012

Finding the right law firms can be a daunting prospect for prospective trainees. With thousands of firms covering dozens of specialities, the choice can be overwhelming. Obviously you can’t apply to them all, so how do you narrow down your choices?
Your Careers Service is here to help you find the resources you need to make the right decision. Drop in and speak to the information team, who can show you a number of publications which will help to arm you with the knowledge you need, and narrow down your options.
The good news is that as an international student, you have some advantages over the competition when it comes to applying for firms who work internationally – your cultural, linguistic and legal knowledge of your home country can be an invaluable resource to them. The Chambers guides to European and Global law firms are invaluable for finding who the big players are in each specialism, across dozens of territories. If you are looking to work in the UK, you can use the guide to find UK/US firms who have an office in your home country. Again, your cultural understanding may be a benefit to the UK office you aspire to work in, if they are doing international business.
Aside from the Chambers guide, there are numerous publications which will help you (try the LEX 100, Vault Guide to Law Firms and TargetJobs guide to law, to name but three). Most have very comprehensive websites; in particular www.lawcareers.net and www.chambersstudent.co.uk are invaluable.

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Topics: law, International Students

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