Advice: How to Find A Job in China
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There are many opportunities to be had by pursuing a business, a new profession, a new way of life by heading East. Big infrastructure projects in China mean that recruitment companies are seeing a desire for experienced architects and design engineers, plus a strong demand for those in the pharmaceutical industry, as local and international companies invest in R&D facilities in the country.

Chinese companies realize they have to offer more than just a job, but show that the city is good place to live, raise children and there's enough going on.

China has the second largest economy in the world behind the US, with a population of more than 1.3 billion.

The capital, Beijing and Shanghai - the largest cities in China - are the business and industrial hubs of the country. For English speakers, job opportunities will mostly be in these cities (as well as Hong Kong) and others such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Tianjin.

There are positions for foreign nationals in technical and IT related roles, while jobs in finance and banking are available, but may be more difficult to enter into.

Hong Kong has opportunities in teaching and the media, as well as accountancy, banking and finance, for English speakers with experience.

A popular way to live and work in China while earning a good salary is by teaching. You may receive help with accommodation and travel costs to and from China if you are working for a reputable school. You will also receive support with visas and health insurance.

Volunteering in China

Voluntary work can help you build your skill-set and learn a new language. It will help to have some money saved before you set off as the vast majority of voluntary positions are unpaid. Volunteering looks good on your CV and gives you the chance to network and build contacts.

Some relevant organisations that may offer opportunities in China include:

Lattitude Global Volunteering  - An international youth development charity offering placements to 17-25 year-olds;

Projects Abroad  - Offering placements in a range of areas, in 28 countries, you can volunteer work with children, do conservation work and internships and more.

Language requirements

International candidates who can speak Mandarin, have good knowledge of the country, and can display an interest in Chinese culture and life, are well placed to find jobs. It helps to already be based in China when applying for jobs.

Teachers of English may be offered Mandarin lessons as part of an employment package, as will employees of multi-national organisations.

Moreover in just twenty hours you can graduate with a recognised and accredited TEFL certificate which will allow you to teach all over the world on a conversational level.

English and Chinese are the official languages of Hong Kong. Nationals speak both Cantonese and Mandarin.

Chinese visas and immigration

British nationals require visas to enter China and will need to acquire one before they arrive.

If you are entering Hong Kong you don't need a visa. However, to work legally, your employer will have to apply for a working visa on your behalf.

If you are planning on study, working or living in China for more than six months, you must obtain a health certificate that has been legalised by the Chinese Embassy.


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