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The Great China Job Map

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The Great China Job Map

  1. 1. The Great China Job Map Visit us at tweet us @laowaicareer
  2. 2. Known as the Middle Kingdom, China is proving to be a force to be reckoned with.
  3. 3. China’s emergence as the world’s second largest economy after nearly a century of political unrest and poverty is nothing but incredible. According to China’s Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security, the number of foreign workers working in the Chinese Mainland (excluding Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong regions) increased to more than 240,000 in 2012.
  4. 4. That was a 17% increase from the numbers in 2007. Beijing and Shanghai have always scored the most popular expat destination with Hong Kong following close behind, especially for financial service workers.
  5. 5. Almost half of the expat population comes from the US, and the UK has around 20%. The statistics mainly represent the expatriates in specialized jobs and highly qualified workers which clearly underlines how paramount it is to tailor your CV if you care for an expat role in China.
  6. 6. Most foreigners fall in love with China once they arrive and there are statistics to prove it. HSBC carried out a survey in 2013 with 7,000 global expatriates who ranked China as the overall best destination, coming ahead of Germany while Singapore followed closely.
  7. 7. Even with the challenges in the Chinese job market, some foreign workers have managed to carve out a niche for themselves at all career stages. Living & working in China isn’t going to be a hard transition, the Chinese people are known for their hospitality and colorful culture that will make your stay here very interesting.
  8. 8. There are many historic places you could visit such as; the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, theaters, and parks. Living in China will never be boring. Plus you’re a short flight away from South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.
  9. 9. Xi’an This is the original capital city of China which dates back to over 4000 years. It offers tons of teaching jobs in English and other languages and is a great place to see history. Other jobs available in Xi’an range from business administration to arts and engineering.
  10. 10. Beijing This is the current capital city of China and it is thriving in economics, culture, and history. Beijing has so many opportunities to offer with teaching English being the most common work for foreigners. Better known as the shadow of the Forbidden City, it also offers positions in international law, hospitality, and international business.
  11. 11. Shanghai If your primary focus is business, then this is your ideal choice. It is China’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Its glamor is what draws most foreigners in, and it’s the drive within it that makes them want to settle. It’s also known as the most densely populated city in the world, and the available opportunities range from supply chain management, graphic design, marketing to investing and so much more. As one of the world’s top investment centers, Shanghai is a true intellectual and cultural experience for everybody
  12. 12. “Small Town” China For the less traditional Chinese experience, then you will enjoy working in cities such as Kunming and Hangzhou. As China’s’ most beautiful city, Hangzhou takes pride in being home to the World’s famous West Lake and for maintaining the old world culture and historical architecture. It has plenty of opportunities for teaching English but also so many other offers. Kunming, on the other hand, has stiff competition for sports management and journalism enthusiasts and also offers English teaching positions.
  13. 13. Most of the HR professionals are mainly looking for managers from Asian Countries and less from the West. According to Janine Leung, who is an HR Consultant based in Guangzhou, most of her clients are looking for candidates from Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and Hong Kong who speak English since they are cheaper than their western counterparts and still have the requisite skills. Most hires for the middle- management positions come from Asia since they are not only cheaper but also have client-facing abilities and can still speak a bit of Chinese.
  14. 14. As long as the Chinese and foreign companies based in China keep valuing the foreign technical expertise, the market will demand more extensive experience and language skills than expats in the past. Therefore, for any foreigner desiring to work in China, consider going there early, preferably in your earlier twenties so that you learn more about the language and culture and also when the opportunity costs are slightly low. The bottom line is the growth of the economy is incredibly paramount to the Chinese people hence both international and Chinese businesses constantly crop up.
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