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Work Visas for Foreign University Graduates in the EU

A Breakdown of Current Laws in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom

written by Ursula Moffitt

eu visasWith student mobility continually on the rise, the number of foreign students earning degrees in Europe is ever increasing. Yet, the long-term visa opportunities for such graduates are not equal across the European Union. With immigration laws changing regularly, sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what to expect in a given country. In this post, we offer you updated information about the types of work visas available to university graduates in the most popular European destination countries for foreign students: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.

It is important to remember, however, that your country of origin can also affect the type of visa for which you are eligible. Please consult your embassy and the government website of the country in which you are interested in working in order to find detailed information about visa options available to you. Read more

 

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Proficiency Exams in French, German and Spanish: Top Language Certificates

written by Ursula Moffitt

lang certsIf you are interested in working or studying in a French, German or Spanish speaking country, you will almost certainly need to provide proof of language skills. While exact requirements differ between institutions, there are certain exams that are more widely accepted than others. Following up on our recent post on English proficiency tests, in this post we will offer you an overview of the most respected language exams from around the globe for French, German and Spanish.

The European Language Certificate (TELC) tests are the most widely recognized of all language exams, partially because they adhere to a clear and uniform structure. Regardless of which language you are being tested on, TELC scores are graded along the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which ranges from A1 through C2, as you can see in the table below. In general, a minimum of B2 standing is required to study at university, while B1 is the minimum to begin work in a foreign language. Read more

 

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English Proficiency Exams: Which to Take and How to Prepare

written by Ursula Moffitt

english language examIf you are considering applying to a study program taught in English, whether in an English speaking country or elsewhere, you will almost certainly be required to send proof of English proficiency as part of your application. Moreover, if you are interested in applying to jobs that require English proficiency, having a language certificate will make your application process much smoother.

Yet, the sheer number of exams out there can be overwhelming. In this post, we’ll offer you advice about which exams are most widely accepted, and which make sense for you. We’ll also give you tips on how and what to study in order to receive a top score. If you’re still searching for the right program or job, head to INOMICS and search through hundreds of listings updated daily. Read more

 

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Jobs for Economists in the Government: The Right Career to Consider?

written by Ursula Moffitt

gov jobsWhen discussing jobs in the government, the type of work that comes to mind is most likely influenced by your particular background. In countries in which large segments of the economy are nationalized, it’s possible to become a civil servant in nearly any field. In other places, your options might be more limited. Regardless of where you’re from, or where you’d like to work, however, every government employs economists, and it’s easy to argue that they’re needed now more than ever.

Traditionally, working for the government meant more job security than working in the private sector. While this may no longer be true across the board, it is still the case in many countries. In this post, we want to focus specifically on jobs within the government itself, not including public sector jobs in national banks or public universities, two areas where job security is much less concrete than previously thought. Looking beyond these two branches, the types of jobs available to economists are quite diverse. Read more

 

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Best NGOs to Work for: Environment and Sustainable Development

written by Ursula Moffitt

best ngos_2In the last post we offered you a list of 15 top NGOs to work for in the fields of health and welfare. Now we’d like to shift focus slightly to highlight top organizations working in the fields of environment and sustainable development. These NGOs focus on critical issues facing the world today, each playing its own role in making the world a more livable, sustainable place.

This list draws heavily on The Global Journal’s list of Top 100 NGOs, which is the only public ranking of such organizations, based on impact, innovation and sustainability. We think personal experience is also highly relevant, however, and thus ask you to take a moment to head to the INOMICS site and review any organization with which you have been involved. Read more

 

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Best NGOs to Work for: Health and Welfare

written by Ursula Moffitt

best ngos_1Although we’ve touched on the state of NGOs in posts about budget cuts or salary and working conditions, this is the first time we’ll be devoting a full post just to NGOs. In fact, we’re offering you a two-part series highlighting top NGOs from around the world. To create our lists, we drew heavily on The Global Journal’s list of Top 100 NGOs, as they are the only body that uses a clear methodology to rank NGOs in terms of impact, innovation and sustainability. We believe that the kind of top-notch organization that fulfills each of these criteria is likely the type of place where many of you would like to work. If you already have experience in any of these institutions, we would love your feedback – please take a moment to leave a review on the institution’s profile and share your experience with future employees. Read more

 

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How to Choose a Master’s Program – Student Survey

written by Ursula Moffitt and Lucía Leguízamo

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Take the Student Survey 2014

We know how difficult it can be to choose a Master’s program, particularly as the number of programs around the globe continues to grow. While many students take their time in finding a specific focus during their Bachelor’s studies, you’re expected to have narrowed the scope by the time you’re ready for graduate school.

Sometimes this can be difficult, however, as the numerous questions regarding location, focus, type of program, funding and many others can seem overwhelming. At INOMICS we’re curious about how you tackle these questions, and we’d like to help you and others along this bumpy road.

In order to do so, we’ve put together a brief survey targeting future, current and potential Master’s students, with questions about your choices, experiences and expectations. Some students might use rankings as the number one criteria for choosing a program; others might make the decision based solely on location. Whatever it is that you find important, we’d like you to share that with us in this brief survey so that we can understand the process from your perspective. With the insight we collect, we’ll be able to help you choose a Master’s program that’s right for you. Read more

 

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Top Think Tanks and Social Science Research Institutes in Spain and Latin America

written by Ursula Moffitt

latin america think tanksThis blog post is the third in a series of entries highlighting top think tanks around the globe. Last week we posted a list of top institutes in Europe, and yesterday we offered you a list of think tanks in the United States. Today we’ll focus on the Spanish-speaking world, with a list of top think tanks and research institutes in Spain and Latin America.

With this list we hope to highlight prominent institutions undertaking important research on diverse topics within the broad fields of politics, economics and international relations. Whether you’re interested in a job or internship or just want sources for top-notch analysis, this list is a great place to start. Read more

 

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Top Think Tanks and Social Science Research Institutes in the U.S.

written by Ursula Moffitt

us think tanksFollowing up on last week’s list of Top Think Tanks and Social Science Research Institutes in Europe, this post is dedicated to top institutions in the United States. Although the U.S. is home to hundreds of research institutes, focusing on a vast array of disciplines and issues, there is a certain degree of consensus regarding which are the most respected. In the list below, we chose to highlight top think tanks working in the broad areas of politics, economics and international relations. Read more

 

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Top Think Tanks and Social Science Research Institutes in Europe

written by Ursula Moffitt

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Whether you’re looking for a summer internship, your first postgraduate job or a change in career, gaining experience in a think tank or research institute is always a good way to go. While some think tanks engage in highly specialized research on specific topics, many span a broad range of issues, particularly in the fields of politics, economics and international relations. We’ve decided to dedicate three distinct blog posts to top think tanks around the world, beginning with this list of European institutions. Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on U.S. and Latin American institutions. Read more

 

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