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My Next Move: Should I wait till I'm a senior associate before moving overseas?

My Next Move: Should I wait till I'm a senior associate before moving overseas?

This week, we ask Jonathan Walmsley, principal, Marsden Legal Search and Recruitment, "should I wait to make it to senior associate before I make a move overseas?"Making it to senior associate…

This week, we ask Jonathan Walmsley, principal, Marsden Legal Search and Recruitment, "should I wait to make it to senior associate before I make a move overseas?"

Making it to senior associate in Australia is a big deal. It is a great personal achievement, a pat on the back from your partners in recognition that you have worked hard, met budget and embraced a steep learning curve.

It tells you that you are “on track” and in some cases, gives you access to a firm Blackberry, additional leave entitlements and a higher pay scale. It is an important step in your Australian career, but this title doesn’t mean anything if you are making a move overseas.

American and UK firms in every location will look at the number of years’ experience you have in assessing your entry point into a UK or US system. Whether or not you are a senior associate has no relevance. If you have a burning desire to work overseas, there is no need to wait for a promotion in Australia. Go for it!

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