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Advice on London work prospects for an expat?

 
#1 Advice on London work prospects for an expat?
12/05/2014 16:59

hopefulexpat

Hi all,

As a preface - I'm an American who will be doing a MSc. Finance at Bocconi starting in September. I have wanted to leave the US for quite some time now, and my goal is to be employed either in the Big 4 or at an investment bank (ECM, DCM, or PWM)in London or the Middle East (Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi) after I finish. My work experience includes internships in FP&A at a F500, as a PWM analyst intern at a boutique family office, and several month's stint at a Big 4's financial management advisory division (left because I need to start preparing for Bocconi). I also speak English and Farsi (Persian) fluently, and will definitely have a professional working proficiency in Italian by graduation, as well as a limited working proficiency in German.

My question deals mostly with job prospects in London (and the middle east) as a student/ non-EU citizen. As far as internships at BB's, MM's and boutique investment banks, as well as consulting firms and even F500's are concerned, am I at an extreme disadvantage being non-EU (in both London and Middle East)? I'm assuming I'm definitely at a disadvantage for full-time jobs in London - is that a correct assessment?

If so, I have the option of signing marriage papers with my long-term gf who lives in continental EU (in a Mediterranean country with a simple naturalization process), and we are both fine with pursuing it if need be - have already done the research about the process and whatnot, but in the event that we do sign papers and I am able to hold a legal resident card in the Schengen area, would that take care of my disadvantage to employers in London?

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#2 RE: Advice on London work prospects for an expat?
12/05/2014 17:51

MikeTC to hopefulexpat (#1)

If so, I have the option of signing marriage papers with my long-term gf who lives in continental EU (in a Mediterranean country with a simple naturalization process), and we are both fine with pursuing it if need be - have already done the research about the process and whatnot, but in the event that we do sign papers and I am able to hold a legal resident card in the Schengen area, would that take care of my disadvantage to employers in London?

And they say romance is dead...

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#3 RE: Advice on London work prospects for an expat?
12/05/2014 17:56

hopefulexpat to MikeTC (#2)

Hahaha, I understand it may seem very cold to write it in the way I did, but it's not the case at all. Have been together for years, most of it long distance and she brought this up as an option knowing that we are going to get married eventually anyways and it could possibly help with the transition over to Europe. Re-reading that part of the question, I sound like a cold-hearted asshole

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#4 RE: Advice on London work prospects for an expat?
12/05/2014 21:50

Richthekeeper to hopefulexpat (#3)

In answer to your question, if you're able to acquire EU residency through marriage then yes, you would be eligible to live and work in London.

Hell, just learn a few words of Romanian and Boris will have to find you a townhouse.

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#5 RE: Advice on London work prospects for an expat?
12/05/2014 22:01

hopefulexpat to Richthekeeper (#4)

Right, but I was hoping more for an answer to the corollary - am I at a big disadvantage being just a non-EU student looking for internships/ full time in London?

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#6 RE: Advice on London work prospects for an expat?
12/05/2014 23:02

PatrickMcIntyre to hopefulexpat (#5)

If you don't have the right to work in a country (which you probably wont on a student visa), then of course you're at a disadvantage.

If you can obtain a visa that allows you to work - then no, you won't be at a disadvantage. It's about as black and white as that.

Find out what you're allowed to do employment wise under a student visa, then speak to embassy's and what not regarding what visa you have to explore your options further.

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#7 RE: Advice on London work prospects for an expat?
14/05/2014 15:54

hopefulexpat to PatrickMcIntyre (#6)

True, that does make sense. Is it still a good possibility to be able to get internships/ full-time positions if you still need sponsorship, but are coming from a good target school like Bocconi?

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#8 RE: Advice on London work prospects for an expat?
14/05/2014 16:02

presidentbartlet to hopefulexpat (#7)

As per what others have said - if you're granted full EU citizenship or have the right to work in the EU because of your spouse then happy days. About half the people I interview at the moment are in that position.

If sponsorship and other things are involved then it gets a bit more dicey, have to prove that you can't get a local to do the job, etc, etc which is a lot of work if you already have 100s of good people applying who don't need that.

Get your citizenship would be my advice and then it's a complete non issue where you're from.

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