Didn't get H1B - now what?
Hello fellow monkeys,
Would like to give you a little of my background before getting into this topic:
- Originally from Eastern Europe
- Went to a non-target school in the midwest (had a full athletic scholarship), where I got both my undergrad degree and an MBA - I know it's not the smartest idea to do an MBA at a no-name school, but it was for free and the goal was to improve my H1B lottery chances
- Been working at a no-name boutique investment bank since last March (doing my OPT)
- Passed CFA level 1 in December 2015, Level 2 in June 2016 and will take Level 3 this upcoming June
While the company applied for my H1B, unfortunately, I didn't get selected in a lottery and my OPT is expiring at the end of February. Since I worked for a really small firm, working for them in a different country is not an option. They are willing to reapply in April, but I need to figure a Plan B since I won't be able to start working until October best case scenario.
Anyone else in a similar situation? Of course, I can always go back to my home country and look for jobs there, but let's just assume that's not an option. I'm really flexible when it comes to geography, meaning I'm open to look for finance jobs all over the world. Since I'm not a EU citizen, Western Europe is pretty much out of question for me. I was looking at Canada, Australia, Singapore, UAE as some places I could target. I'm looking for ways to leverage my work experience, CFA, my language skills (I speak fluent Russian). When it comes to industry, I'm also pretty flexible as IB, AM, PE are all some of the fields that really interest me. I would like to hear your input on the work Visa policies in various countries and how you would approach this job search both in terms of geographies and industries.