I'm from Greece and I am already applying for several Masters in Economics and Masters in Finance programmes in Western European unis (already applied for FSFM's MIF and I will apply for the Master in Economics at HSG, Mannheim, and Bonn, the Master in Management and Technology at TUM (which has a double degree programme with HEC), as well as the Master in Finance, Economics, and Data Science at Ecole Polytechnique and Master in International Management and Sustainability at SciencesPo (I chose all these programmes because they don't need the GMAT and I have very little appetite to resit it). But as I now have a gap year - and a budget way too limited to do internships abroad - and have been unemployed since my discharge from the Greek Army on October 16, I have three opportunities.
One is an offer at the German Bundestag, under the International Parliamentary Scholarship. I will basically work at a German parliamentarian's office and interact with his/her constituents. Paid tickets to and from Berlin, paid accommodation, full insurance, and a 500 Euro monthly stipend. Not too relevant for my eventual goals (working in finance, M&A specifically). It runs from March to July 2019.
Another is an IB internship at a boutique here in Athens. The internship's for 3 months and it's unpaid. Considering that I am cash-strapped I am not sure whether the most relevant to my goals opportunity is actually worth it financially, because, since it runs from January to March 2019, what will I do from April onwards?
Then there is another option. A full-time job at a company under contract by a major Greek bank to collect debt. Basically you sit on a phone and call debtors for debt restructuring offers. They teach you the legislation and the bank's policies and you call debtors who can't pay. It's the best paid offer of the above, with 800 euros per month before taxes and insurance - worth it, since I live with my parents. I can work for two months at them and then sail for Deutschland, but I am not sure how bad two months of work would look on the resume.
Greece's economy has gone to shit. That much is known, hence next year I will do my Masters abroad, no matter what. What matters is what would be most relevant to my goal. My main goal is to place in Frankfurt or Zurich (German-speaking - the French programmes I will apply to are also quite interesting in content). Considering that I speak fluent German and this year I am going for the C2, I believe I won't have a problem with the language.
What do you guys think?