Global Career Update
August 2014 College Edition




This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including working in Germany and living in South Africa. It also explores overseas legal careers and tech tips for travel.

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Germany Second Most Popular Immigration Destination

After the United States, Germany has become the second most popular immigration destination in the world. It has risen from 9th position in 2009 due to having survived the economic crisis of 2008 better than most countries. For many years, Germany opposed immigration, but since 2000, it has encouraged immigration to counter an aging and shrinking population. Read more 

Millennial Workers Want Greater Flexibility, Work/Life Balance, Global Opportunities

A recent PwC survey shows that Millennials value work/life balance and don’t want to make their work lives an exclusive priority. They want greater flexibility at work but are not alone in this respect. Millennials value teamwork and community and want the chance to explore overseas work opportunities more than non-Millennial counterparts. Read more 

Planning For a Legal Career Overseas (Part I): Picking the Right Practice Area and the Right Firm

If you’re interested in working as a U.S. lawyer overseas, it is important to start planning early. While it is most important to pick a practice area based on interest, certain practice areas will increase chances of working overseas. Capital markets/securities law is the area with the best shot of working abroad. However, not all firms allow or encourage associates to work overseas, even if they have overseas offices. Read more 

Planning For a Legal Career Overseas (Part II): Language Skills, Caveats and What You Can Be Doing Now

The second part in a series about overseas legal careers focuses on language skills as well as the potential downsides of working overseas. Knowing the local language is important in some countries but not always necessary. There are both pros and cons to working in another country. It may be difficult to return to work in the U.S. if away for too long, but the experience of learning a new legal system may also be a beneficial. Read more 

Why Taking a ‘Gap Year’ Should Be a New College Admissions Requirement

The popularity of gap years has exploded in recent years. Students who want to take a break before university have the opportunity to learn about themselves and the world around them. The National Association for College Admission Counseling recommends gap years as a way for students to figure out what they want before starting university. Read more 

What Tech Will I Need While Working Abroad?

Most tech equipment is made to survive different climates around the world. However, there are several things that can help gadgets perform at their best. Use your equipment on tables or trays rather than bedding or carpet if they are prone to overheating. Carry gadgets in a slipcase to protect from dirt and rain. Consider how much storage space you will need while traveling. Skype, Facebook and WhatsApp are good for keeping in touch. Read more 

The Growing Appeal of Working Abroad

Approximately 8 percent of the Canadian population lives outside of Canada, and there has been a 19 percent increase in the number of Canadians looking for work abroad in 2013 as opposed to 2012. To increase chances of success, people looking for work in other countries should research what jobs are in demand, avoid assuming their work style is best and be open to other cultures. Read more 

The Most Positive Countries in the World

When it comes to experiencing positive emotions, nine out of the top ten countries are in Latin America according to a recent Gallup survey. Positive emotions were defined as smiling, laughing, feeling well-rested, experiencing enjoyment and being treated with respect among other things. Paraguay tops the list followed by Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Colombia. Denmark was the only country on the list from outside Latin America. Read more 




South Africa: Cost of Living

South Africa is very affordable for expats. Cost of living is low and rent can be inexpensive. However, wages are also low, and expats in South Africa typically have lower income than expats in other countries. While South Africa is stable, developed and has the most advanced economy in Africa, it remains one of the most unequal societies in the world. Read more

Germany: Office Protocol

Germans are master planners as well as hard workers. They value privacy, hierarchy and efficiency. Business culture is more formal than in North America and the rest of Europe. Titles and last names are used in the business setting with first names only being used once a friendship has been established. Read more