Where to move to as a finance expat - Singapore? Dubai? Canada?
Long-time lurker, looking for career/immigration advice as I'm not happy with the current job situation because: a) what I currently do does not move me any closer to my dream job; b) the lifestyle is very dissatisfying due to the job location
- Originally from Eastern Europe (Non-EU passport)
- US-educated (studied finance at a non-target school)
- CFA Charterholder
- 2 years analyst stint at a lower middle market Investment Bank in the US
- Had to leave US because I did not get selected in H1B lottery
- Spent the last 1.5 years working as an investment associate for a Luxembourg-based family office/PE fund with the investment focus on natural resources in frontier markets
- Currently based in Central Asia
**Current Situation: **While I have enjoyed the time at my firm, I don't think staying there much longer is in my best interests for a few reasons. First of all, the nature of work has recently changed drastically. Basically, while in the past I used to travel the world looking at different investment projects (which I really enjoyed), now we are focused solely on one major project and I spend 90% of my time working in an industrial city in Central Asia. And it's bad. By bad I mean it's really bad - not a single chick in a 100-mile radius on Tinder, close to zero social life and air pollution is off the charts. I do get compensated pretty well and probably make more money than someone with a background like mine would make anywhere else in the world but it's just not worth it considering my long-term goals.
Where I want to be:
- Haven't fully decided what exactly I wanna do but I see two possible career routes: 1) Asset management or a hedge fund role, preferably dealing with emerging markets 2) Something more entrepreneurial such as working for a VC fund and/or eventually launching my own startup
- Not too picky about geography but my main interests outside of work are sports (mostly triathlon and tennis) , outdoor activities and travel - pretty much none of it is really possible where I am right now
- Work-life balance is pretty important to me, meaning I would easily sacrifice a higher salary for being able to spend 3-4 hours a day playing sports and having all weekends to myself
Given the above, I'm very interested in making a move to a different geography. I realize it would most likely have to be an English-speaking country. Let's look at the options:
- United States would be ideal but is most likely out of question at the moment given immigration difficulties.
- Canada - immigration seems easier than in the US but from what I heard there is talent oversupply
- Australia - Immigration seems challenging and also don't like the fact of being so far away from everywhere
- UK - really not sure how the job market is with the whole Brexit situation?
- Singapore - probably ideal place outside of the US
- UAE - seems relatively expat-friendly and it's probably the only place I could try to visit on a weekend trip
- Hong Kong - Not sure if realistic without speaking Cantonese?
- Johannesburg - Not sure if there is much hiring going on given the state of the economy
To sum up, my questions are the following:
- What countries are the easiest to get a work visa for someone with my background?
- What's the best way to go about job search - headhunters? linkedin networking? 3-day networking trip?
- Anything else worth to consider?
Btw, if someone finds my background interesting, I'll be more than happy to answer questions about what I do and how I got to where I am today.