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Q&A with TA - Global Careers in Recruitment

Can your career at Morgan McKinley be a global one? Yes it can!

But you have to really want it and commit to it. Expecting to be on a secondment or short term project of 3-6 months won't work in recruitment. Recruitment is all about building relationships with clients and professionals, and it's pretty impossible to do that and be the top biller in a 6 month period.

If I join Morgan McKinley, when can I be considered for an overseas role?

It would depend on what level of role you are in when you join us. If you join at an Associate Consultant level, you need to complete your training and have 1 year as a billing Consultant so that we can see your track record and technical expertise in your discipline. If you join at a Consultant level or above, again, you would need to have 1 year's worth of track record of billings and be in good standing in the business. Any of our global mobility opportunities would be seen as a permanent move to that location and you would need to make a commitment to that location for a minimum of 2 years.

What can working abroad give you?

Well, I'm biased after working abroad for 16 years now - I would always say do it at least once in your life if you get the chance. You'll learn things about yourself that you never knew ( how good your sign language skills are in non English speaking countries) and you will be forever changed for the better. If your goal is to be a Director or COO of a global recruitment business in the future, you will add value and be able to comment on different markets if you have had billing experience in a couple of different locations.

I'm ready - what should I do now?

Research your location. Visit the location. Talk to people who have lived there before. Talk to people who work in your field now in that location. Ask them what they found easy to adjust to and their challenges. Keep in mind that the first 6 months will be the toughest and don't give up too quickly. It will be hard to adjust to a new city and lifestyle.

If this is something that is of interest to you and you want to bounce ideas of someone, feel free to email me at or connect with me on LinkedIn

  • Mar 03, 2015
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