The ABC’s for a Successful International Relocation

Making an international move in finance and accountancy can be both rewarding and challenging. Here’s some practical career advice that may prepare you to have a smoother transition into an international experience or a big move in your career

Research Target Countries and Markets: Before making any moves, thoroughly research the countries and markets you’re interested in. Understand the local financial rules, business environment, and job market dynamics. Consider things like language skills needed, cultural differences, and living costs.

Improve Language Skills: Being fluent in the language spoken in your target country can greatly boost your chances. Think about taking language courses or immersion programs to get better. Good communication in the local language can help you find more job options and blend into the new place smoothly.

Get International Certifications: Aim for well-known certifications like ACA/CA Institute of Chartered Accountants, ACCA Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, CFA Chartered Financial Analyst, or CPA Certified Public Accountant (CPA Ireland, CPA Philippines or CPA America) if they fit your career. These certifications can show you’re skilled and reliable in global finance and accountancy, making you more appealing to employers.

Work with a Specialist Recruiter: Think about teaming up with a recruitment agency or recruiter who knows about international jobs. They can give useful advice, connect you with job opportunities, and guide you through the hiring process in your target country.

Discuss with Family and Friends: Before making any decisions, talk to your family and friends about your plans. Seek their opinions and understand their thoughts on your international move. Considering their input can provide valuable perspectives and support as you make this significant career transition.

Utilize Social Media and Online Platforms: Engage in discussions, share relevant content, and showcase your expertise to build your online presence. Participate in industry-specific groups and forums to interact with like-minded professionals and stay updated on industry trends.

Gain Experience with Prestigious Firms: Try to gain experience, especially with well-respected firms like the Big Four accounting firms and other names recognised internationally. Working for these firms can give you exposure to international clients and complex financial transactions, which can improve your skills and make you more marketable for international roles.

Stay Updated on Industry Trends and Developments: Keep investing in your professional development by staying updated on industry trends, changes in regulations, accounting standards and advancements in finance and accountancy. Attend workshops, webinars, and training programs to learn new skills and knowledge relevant to your desired international market.

By following these strategies and taking proactive steps, you can increase your chances of successfully making an international move in finance and accountancy while positioning yourself for long-term career growth and success. 

Think Global Recruitment is a specialists accountancy and finance recruitment agency that assists accountants to move across the globe.  We are always happy to hear from qualified and about to qualify professionals seeking a move.  You can contact us though:  +44 131 260 5850. Or visit our webpage