Outstanding graduates looking beyond Australia for their next challenge continue to have myriad opportunities available to them with very little negative impact flowing from the global financial crisis.
As employee's overseas move to global recruitment models in search of the very best people - whether from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, India or beyond - opportunities for high achievers will only continue to grow.
Whether it is a training contract in London, a role with a New York law firm, working for an NGO or intergovernmental organisation or completing further study in one of the world's leading universities, the opportunities are immense.
Naturally the first place many graduates consider for their career outside of Australia is London. Australian graduates continue to flock to the UK either to work as a paralegal as part of a gap year on a working holiday visa, or as part of a long-term commitment to working with an international law firm.
Global law firms such as Linklaters and Herbert Smith even provide opportunities to complete clerkships prior to graduation and, subsequently, two-year training contracts with an eye to building future firm leaders.
Outside of the UK these opportunities also exist in Hong Kong with firms of the calibre of Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Allens & Overy and many others.
Facilitated by a variety of scholarship programs, Australian graduates also have the opportunity to continue their studies by undertaking LLMs in the UK or US at Universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, and Columbia.
Many new graduates wisely use further study in the US as a stepping stone to securing a role with firms such as White & Case, Simpson Thatcher or Milbank among many others who have successfully hired Australians for their New York offices.
Finally, significant opportunities exist with both intergovernmental organisations and NGOs for paid and voluntary work.
So if your interest lies in working as a researcher in Geneva for the World Intellectual Property Organisation, as a legal assistant for the ICC in The Hague or taking a fellowship with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington DC, the options for anyone with a sense of adventure and the desire to take a different path are immense.
- Michael Bromley is an associate director at EA International
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