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Fresh grad w/o experience - overseas placement possible?

 
#1 Fresh grad w/o experience - overseas placement possible?
09/03/2008 19:14

John

I'll be graduating this year and instead of starting as a management consultant work in the US or Europe, I would like to start in the Middle East, India, or Asia. Is this possible if you don't speak the local language, or are only experienced candidates and locals hired in such places?

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#2 RE: Fresh grad w/o experience - overseas placement possible?
09/03/2008 23:32

Jon E. to John (#1)

Tough without:

1) language skills

2) non-employer-dependent work permit

3) local community ties

Questions you'd need to answer in the employer's mind are:

1) why employ a foreigner who'll have higher salary expectations when local talent is plentiful and cheap

2) can someone without the local language communicate effectively, get on with the team and make clients at ease

3) why employ a foreigner at all (equality legislation and equal-opportunity mindsets are not that globally common)

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#3 RE: Fresh grad w/o experience - overseas placement possible?
10/03/2008 01:13

John to Jon E. (#2)

Thanks, Jon. You raise some undoubtedly valid issues. I'll still go ahead and make an argument for the foreigner.

>Tough without:

>1) language skills

>2) non-employer-dependent work permit

>3) local community ties

1) Fluency in English and a major European language for dealings with foreigners. Plus, the local language would be picked up in the long term, perhaps good enough after a year to be able to hold a decent conversation.

Nevertheless, you're right in saying that not speaking the local tongue is a major drawback.

2) Depends on the country, I guess. Some places are stricter than others.

3) Do you mean business contacts or generally ties to the country?

>Questions you'd need to answer in the >employer's mind are:

>1) why employ a foreigner who'll have higher >salary expectations when local talent is plentiful >and cheap

Here I'm hoping for my answer to 1) above, plus international experience. And I'm willing to earn less than "at home".

>2) can someone without the local language >communicate effectively, get on with the team >and make clients at ease

Can't do that with local clients, except perhaps in India or Singapore.

>3) why employ a foreigner at all (equality >legislation and equal-opportunity mindsets are >not that globally common)

For a fresh perspective, unbiased by the local cultural upbringing. Perhaps also a novelty factor. "Hey, look what we've got on board!"

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