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South African in London seeking advice....

 
#1 South African in London seeking advice....
30/09/2004 10:32

Nelia

I have just recently relocated from South Africa to London. I have an honours/post grad degree (cum laude,2:1) in Logistics & want to pursue a career in consulting. I am finding the job market rather tough to break through, due to my lack of experience. I am also worried that my qualification will be overlooked here, as I am competing against cambridge/oxford graduates etc Does anyone have any advice for me as to what sort of experience should I look at getting, eg getting into FMCG , clearing & forwarding...what do the major consulting firms seek? I am disappointed that I missed that 'management consulting careers' day here in London, I have heard that there is another recruitment/careers fair happening here on the 20/21 October though, at Excel London, is that worth going to? Any advice would be so appreciated:)

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#2 Re: South African in London seeking advice....
30/09/2004 21:47

Maryse

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW IT'S WHO

Start networking. The kind of thing you are doing here is a good start. Log onto South African websites like Voetsek and just meet people. Ask to have coffee for half and hour and get their advice, how they got into consulting, etc.

If you are worried about degree recognition, you can have it converted into English standard by NARIC at the British Council I think it is.

Also look at Logistics firms like Exel.

Good luck!

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#3 Re: South African in London seeking advice....
03/10/2004 01:20

nelia

Thanks Maryse.....never thought of doing it that way!

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#4 Re: South African in London seeking advice....
14/10/2004 17:08

echo70

hi there

If u are well qualified look at Middle East .Places like Dubai and Bahrain are great and the money is fantastic being tax free .Many jobs ask for qualifications from SA/uk/usa/australia only .very specifically

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#5 Re: South African in London seeking advice....
06/12/2004 21:06

Another SA

You need to apply apply and apply. You may need ot take a hit in salary to get the foot in the door and leave a year later to another company to get that significant increase.

SA would have been better to get that first year or so of experience but that is water under the bridge now.

Do not worry about the degree. SA degrees - especially the Wits, UND, UCT, etc are very highly regarded. OK, maybe not the same as Oxbridge and LSE but those are top of the world and there are not that many people from there. SA degrees can be acknowledged as UK equivalent - do and internet search for "foreign academic credentials" or along those lines.

Your course of action depends upong where you want to be - if it is the FMCG, search there and perhaps do a year at a FMCG place learning the business. Or apply to the big consulting companies - Accenture/Atos/IBM who all have graduate programs. Just acase of perseverence and a bit of luck. Use all the contacts you have. London may appear a lucarative job market but there is loads of competition.

Coog luck

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#6 Re: South African in London seeking advice....
07/12/2004 11:31

Internationalist

Avoid Bahrain - not that much work or money there and cost are high. Most people in Baharain make the commute over the bridge to Saudi and, as a woman, you cannot work there.

Look to Oman and other places in the middle east for money. Dubai is great but expensive. Otherwise, give the London thing a go, it is great. The middle east is a bit like SA, but as a woman you will be second class. Also, working with Arabs is very tough. Thirdly most woman out there do not work, they are compund-wives so the social life is a little more limited.

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