I'm currently an accounting and finance double major. I've got such a fascination with Europe and would love nothing more than to spend the rest of my life exploring it and enjoying its beauty. I'm wondering what kind of job opportunities there would be for an American with a professional degree like that in Europe. One thing I've considered doing is joining the Peace Corps upon graduation from college to get some experience in international business and thereby making myself more attractive to internation companies (hopefully). Does anyone have any thoughts/comments on this? Greatly appreciated...help me fulfill my dream.
I don't know about "Europe", but there are an abundance of accounting opportunities in London that pay quite high rates of pay; both fulltime work and contract work.
Have a look at http://www.robertwalters.com/home/UnitedKingdom.jsp as a start.
Thanks, I'd be looking for something probably in western Europe, preferably England, France, or Italy. I've been to London with my family several years ago and absolutely loved the city...can any Londoners give me a little insight on what it's like to live in or around the city? Thanks again!
I'm not a Londoner, but I lived and worked there for 3 years or so in various accounting roles.
In accounting, the rates of pay really depend on your qualifications. If you have an accounting degree, but are not a CPA/CA/CIMA, then you are really only considered "part qualified" and so your rate of pay, although still quite good, is somewhat less than what it would be if you were fully qualified.
There are heaps of jobs in the Docklands area, as well as the West End, and also some of the largeer suburbs (Hammersmith, Croydon, etc).
The jobs in the Docklands area are mostly with the large international banks, and the rate of pay tends to be a bit higher than in the non-bank sector. Also, the banking sector tends to work quite long hours, so if you are getting an hourly rate, you can earn quite a bit of money.
London itself is a very exciting, and busy city. It really is the "European version" of New York, so the opportunities for work and pleasure pursuits are endless. The downside is that it is expensive, crowded, and it can be a hassle getting accommodation.
Good luck, and have fun.
Another thing I meant to post was in regards to the lifestyle across the pond. In America, it seems as if you basically live for whatever company you're working for and long hours are increasingly becoming the norm. I've always been under the impression that Europeans are generally much more relaxed, hours aren't quite as long as they would be at comprable American jobs, and you basically get to live for yourself a bit more than you do in America. Is this the case or am I sadly mistaken?
From my experience, the English have got quite a good work/life balance. You certainly work hard, but it's not "all consuming" like it seems to be in the US (and now in Australia).
I believe the English get 5 weeks paid annual leave (4 in Australia), and I think the rest of Europe gets 6 weeks.
To sum up, it's certainly hard work, but better balanced.
In Ireland we get a basic 4 weeks holidays a year, depending on the company this can increase, in my current job because i'm here 6.5 yrs i have an allowance of 5 weeks. (oh i'm not strictly accounting , i'm a senior business analyst, basically its like management accounting, budgets, stats, staffing, etc....) , in Ireland if you are qualified you can make a decent wage, for example in my role if i were cima qualified i would be making about €5-8k more a year but luckily in my case i can sometimes argue my experience......
but the hours are quite long, so far i have worked 12 hours today and i've had 2 ten minute breaks (woohooo).... yesterday was a 14 hr day, and on the bank holiday i was in for 10 hrs, these are all working through lunches........
my counter parts in london are doing similar hours at the moment so i would advise to research the companies you apply to !!!