|Topic||CFA Qualified + Big 4 Experienced- What else should i do?|
I have passed all levels of CFA exam and have total experience of 3 years in financial advisory. Currently I am working in one of Big 4 firms in its deals department. At this stage I am looking for a move to middle east from Pakistan. I have tried to contact many CEOs through Linkedin but the response rate has been very minimal. I have applied through recruitment websites (like bayt, gulftalent) but there has not been much of success.
I have been applying rigorously for about a month and have not even got a single interview.
I will be really grateful if anyone out there can guide me:
1. How to make up this move? How to pursue my search?
2. Which market do you think is best for me in term sof getting an opportunity and where I can enter easily?
Kindly guide me.Any help would be highly appreciated.
|Nabigha, the best way to move to UAE for you is to first transfer to the national office in UAE of the big 4 firm you are in. Then you'll need local market exposure of at least 1-2 years before you can land a decent similar role here. Local experience counts a lot. Being in Pakistan, you cant begin to be able to comprehend the investment instruments here, the players of the market, etc.
I have friends who have come thru this same way and I'd recommend it for you as well. Otherwise you may be able to land a job on a 1 month visit here, but I would suggest that you wait. 9 times out of 10, the job you get on these types of visits isnt similar to the job you have been doing in Pakistan, so its a step down.
I'm working in Dubai and if you need any information, feel free to PM me.