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Jul 6, 2017 - 8:07am

I know I'll get some crap for this one, but Audit does require a lot of international travel if you work for a big company if you're looking for something on the corporate side. Any company with multiple sites and an international presence will require you to travel abroad regularly for work. It's not as glorious as other things, but it's an opportunity to see the world on someone else's dime.

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Jul 6, 2017 - 2:05pm

There can be a decent amount of intl travel in consulting depending on the project focus. Equity research for sure within certain coverage areas (tech, oil/gas or mining, gaming/lodging, some industrials). In general for most funds you will not be doing more than one or two international trips a year, but I know lots of long/short guys who are going overseas like every other month.

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Jul 8, 2017 - 12:51am

Opportunities for International Travel in Corporate Finance? (Originally Posted: 06/04/2017)

Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if there are roles in corporate finance that allow for/require travel, how common they are, and what level one would have to be to have those opportunities open. I'm currently in professional services (financial due diligence group at an accounting firm) and know that I don't want to do this forever for a variety of reasons. That said, the good thing about professional services is that you have the chance to do international rotations as you move up and get decent reviews.

I'm not so crazy about corporate travel that I'd want to do it every single week, like a management consultant does. That said, I do enjoy traveling for work on occasion (say, once every 4-6 weeks for 1 week or something along those lines) because it breaks the monotony of going to the same desk everyday, and gives me some exposure to different parts of the world/country and new people.

I'm wondering if it's possible to find the balance I'm looking for of traveling maybe 25%-30% of the time or so in a corporate finance role and especially if I can still have opportunities to travel abroad either for business meetings with customers or even with internal teams abroad.

Jul 8, 2017 - 12:54am

Which Careers Most Internationally Mobile? (Originally Posted: 11/20/2016)

Say you're a monkey who can't stand the idea of living and working in one country all your life, or you're drawn simply by wander lust and curiosity to see others parts of the world. Say a hypothetical itinerary for your late twenties / early thirties would be New York > Paris > London > Hong Kong > Tokyo > São Paulo before returning to the comfort of your home country.

Say you believe that actively living and working in a country beats passive traveling as a tourist. Assuming you're reading this website, though, you're probably not interested in teaching gigs or stamping visas. You're still pretty serious about your career and about accumulating in value as a professional.

So, what careers or fields are the most internationally mobile?
What careers/fields are portable enough that you can add value without having to be completely fluent in the local language?
What companies are flexible with allowing their employees geographic mobility, should they wish it?
Realistically, there will be trade offs-what are they?

Management consulting strikes me as a likely candidate, but I imagine many would be keen to hear more colour / other monkeys' opinions.

Jul 8, 2017 - 12:55am

Working for a bank and transferring offices seems like a good way to move for work. To travel for work, seems like consulting is probably the obvious choice. Anyone care to provide more details?

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