Overseas Jobs Consultants: Weird work experience requirements for counsellors

This post might sound like déjà vu considering we wrote a related post about overseas educational consultants. This time it’s about overseas career consultants. No MBA, no GMAT, no admissions. Direct visa.

There was a recruitment advertisement in the newspapers for career counsellors. This was from one of the heavyweights in the international (read ‘phoren’) jobs business. They claim to get thousands of enquiries each month for overseas jobs. The pre-requisites for a career counsellor’s role seemed a little weird as they preferred prior experience in ‘Call centers(!), Sales or Counseling’ – in that specific order. No kidding. Counselling skills came at a distant third position.

I guess they were primarily looking for Salesmen disguised as Counsellors. Btw, the ad was accompanied by an internet-downloaded image of a hot chick (no patch on Savita Bhabhi though) looking across seductively.

Guys, do yourself a favour. If a phoren lifestyle is what you have in mind, go through the legitimate process. See if your current employer has offices in the country that you want to relocate to, build some news skills that are transferrable/valuable for the new role, get some new qualifications (and it doesn’t need to be as expensive as a full-time MBA). Think about finances, think about the best case and worst case scenarios.

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. You might be better off being in India (fantastic opportunities for those who have the right skills) and finding ways to lead a better life. Would you agree?


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6 Comments

  1. vicky says:

    hi I had read your blog it was inspiration for newcomers ..I’m in second year of engineering(mechanical branch)..my future plan to do MBA ..but confused in MBA and MS …which one is good ……and I want to study in abroad ..so can I get scholarship which entrance exam and how it is…. .. please reply so from now only start preparation ..please

  2. Manjunatha KC says:

    Hi Sir,
    I am manjunath from karnataka, I have completed my BE in Instrumentation Technology with 77% and MS by research in Industrial Automation (Industry Sponsored) with FCD. Since 7 years I have been working in process industry (Steel & Power) from engineer trainee to Deputy Manager now.
    I am very much interested in doing further studies at abroad. Now I am in confusion over preferring Phd or MBA?, which is best for my background and career?
    Kindly suggest sir

    With many thanks
    Manjunatha KC

  3. Amit says:

    Hello Sameer,

    Greetings!

    I am Amit- Age 30 – 7 years Software Development Experience – Programmer/Lead
    Co-founded a software development firm & ran it for 2.5 years.
    Also have work-integrated M.S Software Systems degree from BITS Pilani.

    Now looking for full-time study options in India/Abroad – typically1 year MBA. I want to stay in a technology/IT related careers post-MBA.
    Do you know any specific course/streams/schools targeting towards post-mba careers in Technology/IT may be something like Technology
    Management or IT Project Management.

    Thanks,
    Amit

  4. Ravali says:

    Hello Sameer,
    I hold my bachelors degree in Mechanical engineering and a 2 year work experience from a top MNC (IT sector). And now I wish to pursue MBA .Could you please suggest the best branch and Bschool combination that would match my profile? Way to get in to it? Career prospects after completion of the course and so on..
    Thanks in advance!

  5. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Vicky: If you are confused, don’t choose either. Get a job, work for a few years and then decide.

    @Manjunatha. Don’t treat the degree as the end goal. Think about the long term career you want and then take a call.

    @Amit: Technology roles are available in plenty across the world. But the choice of 1 year programs is limited. So choose the best program you can get into rather than worrying about specialisation.

    @Ravali: We’ve shared a lot on these topics on our site. http://www.mbacrystalball.com/blog/archives/

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