You might be thinking of leaving China, or perhaps you’re wondering why you should move here in the first place. Perhaps you’ve heard that China is “cracking down” and making things more difficult for foreigners, especially regarding visas. However, with China’s continuous reform and opening up policies, things are actually improving in many ways, and forging a good career in China has never been easier. No matter where you’re at in life, there’s never been a better time to work in China. Here are four reasons why.
Anyone involved in business these days has (or should) consider breaking into the Chinese market. Whether you’re a businessperson or a consultant, China offers a wealth of opportunities for those looking to grow their companies. There’s a huge consumer market here, a growing middle class and an explosion of e-commerce.
In November this year, Shanghai hosted the China International Import Expo, with more than 100 countries and thousands of companies looking to exhibit their goods and services to the Middle Kingdom. This is just one example of China’s push to open itself up to the world, and you can be sure there will be even more business opportunities (and jobs) for foreigners in the future.
China’s reform and opening up is currently underway, and with that means job opportunities galore. From English teachers, writers and artists, to business development experts, consultants and wealth managers, China has a growing need for talented people with international credentials.
No matter the city, there are more and more opportunities for skilled foreigners wanting to work in China. For example, business is especially booming in manufacturing cities in the south, which need foreign industrial engineers, business experts, consultants and logistics engineers who can help facilitate trade with the West and/or their native country.
Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world — largely because China has the world’s biggest population, but interest abroad is also growing. More and more children across the world are being taught Mandarin in schools as governments know it will be an important language for personal and professional use in the future.
And, of course, there’s no better way to learn a language than by living in a country that speaks it. Many universities in China offer language courses at very affordable rates and there are a number of scholarships that are easy to apply for.
If you’re thinking of working in China, get the ball rolling by taking language classes in your home country (there are Chinese people all over the world) or sign up for a tutor/language school when you get here.
As cities around China prepare for the 2022 Olympics, the country is quickly working to bring people out of poverty, modernize its cities and improve the integration of technology into modern society. For example, many of China’s major cities now allow smartphones to serve as their public transportation cards, and paying for things all over the country is as simple as scanning a QR code.
Cities like Beijing and Guangzhou have taken a hardline approach to curbing air pollution, which is drastically better than it was just a few years ago (although still far from perfect). Cities are also implementing laws and safety measures to ease traffic congestion and make the roads safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
China might not be the first country you think of when you imagine yourself working abroad, but the government is taking active and tangible steps towards opening up and making itself accessible to the outside world. As the world’s second largest economy and largest trading partner for several countries, China offers a wealth of opportunities to grow both in your career, and as a person.
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Jan 28, 2019 19:07 Report Abuse
While Degen is certainly one of the top contributors to this website, I'm not convinced this time. There's writing on the wall, and they all point towards an unfavourable development here. But as Guest14168468 already pointed out, the target audience here at eChinacities is obviously not interested in hearing jaded expats complain.
Jan 19, 2019 17:08 Report Abuse
Yada yada yada... And the fact that most of the demographic on this website are looking for a teaching job, because - for one reason or another - they don't / can't / won't do that wonderful profitable 'international business' in China... Even the folk that come out here to do international business, need to be heavily supported and subsidized by a Western company, otherwise they get brutally walked all over by the Chinese. Despite all the fake smiling faces, and fake 'sorry, sorry' sorry', China is the one of the most xenophobic and ethnocentric countries in the world. There's no way a normal man/woman can do substantial business here without big capital and a big team of support at something like a parent company... So, your optimistic/upbeat article is not at all for the average Joe, who comes to this site, and not at all beneficial to the VERY FEW people that do come to China with support from a Western/Foreign home base - as their bread was buttered long before they got their business visa and stepped foot on Chinese soil.
Jan 17, 2019 22:25 Report Abuse