To make my argument a little more compelling, here’s a link about the benefits of starting a career in the Middle East. The argument would probably apply to going a little further East than that:
Of course, nothing beats some good relevant experience in London; it is afterall one of the most prestigious financial centres in the world. However, that’s given there are opportunities available. The Middle East and Asia provides some very exciting prospects, and it says alot about your flexibility and adaptability if you can start a career abroad. With all due respect to those taking the accountancy route, why would you put yourselves through three years of hell? In addition, I can imagine that the IB competition will be fierce, given that there will be an influx of ACA graduates on the market. I just feel it’s a risky route for those prospective IBankers.
So, “In this economic climate, it pays to get some relevant experience further East”. Discuss.
Disclaimer: these are my views and mine alone, and I by no means wish to put people off accountancy, or any other alternative route into the industry.