As you know, we have been catching up with all of the accountants that we have assisted in the past 15 years, this time we spoke to the lovely Maria who has made two international moves and is now thoroughly enjoying her new life in the Isle of Man!
Can you confirm your original location and your current location?
I am originally from the Philippines, I then moved to Malta and now I am in the Isle of Man.
Why did you originally decide to move overseas?
My whole family wanted a better life and moved to various places overseas. Financially and career wise this also made sense for me.
How did Think Global Recruitment assist you in securing your job overseas?
One of my colleagues from Malta recommended Think Global Recruitment. I approached them and they helped me move from Malta to the Isle of Man.
Did you have any concerns about moving overseas?
Leaving my family behind in the Philippines was obviously hard and also being further away from members who had moved to the US was difficult too.
However, I settled in quickly. My firm really helped me with this and a bank account was opened and an apartment was found, everything was good.
Did your move meet your original expectations and how?
I was hoping to work with solid, professional clients within a Big Four Firm, to feel safe and secure in my new home, somewhere green and not too built up. That is exactly what I got.
Did you feel that the move improved your standard of living?
My standard of living on the Isle of Man is much better than that in Malta. There is more money and I have a better apartment.
What are the highlights of your location?
The Isle of Man is green, safe and clean.
What disappointed you about your location?
Nothing! It is the ideal location for me at the moment.
What cultural differences did you notice?
Although Malta is supposed to be quite British, the Isle of Man is much more so. I love being exposed to that.
What is your current job title?
What, in your opinion, are the advantages of working overseas?
Financial reward, career progression, exposure to bigger and more interesting clients are all advantages. Promotion is also much faster here than in the Philippines.
What advice would you offer to accountants that are thinking about working overseas?
I would recommend this experience to every professional, particularly those from the Philippines or other locations that are not as economically “sophisticated”. The UK experience has been crucial for my career.
What are the advantages of applying for a job through Think Global Recruitment?
I am very impressed by how Think Global Recruitment treat candidates. My consultant guided me through every step and supported me on an individual basis. She made herself available to answer any questions – even over weekends. I really felt that she understood my eventual goal and would work with me to get me there.
Do you believe the original move you made with Think Global Recruitment has enhanced your career?
Absolutely. It has enhanced my CV, my career prospects have improved and I have gained relevant experience.
We wish Maria every success and a long and successful career with PwC! If you would like to get in touch with one of our advisors please click here.