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With its booming economy, China has plenty to offer ambitious graduates seeking a new challenge – discover what it’s like to live and work in this thriving Asian country
The growth of China’s economy has been rapid and the country currently boasts the second largest economy in the world (behind the USA). While the rate of economic growth has slowed down in recent years, job prospects are generally good, although competition for graduate roles is fierce.
While the country has a population of 1.4 billion, its people enjoy a relatively low cost of living compared to the UK – although this does depend on location. Major cities such as a Shanghai and the capital Beijing are unsurprisingly more expensive.
The opportunity to experience a completely different culture is a huge attraction to foreigners considering working in China. To make life a little easier, you may wish to consider taking classes in Mandarin – not only does a second language look great on your CV, it could also boost your chances of success when looking for work.
During your free time, you’ll be able to explore five thousand years of history and culture. The Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace are all in Beijing, the Terracotta Army in Xi’an is also worth a visit and you won’t want to miss the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong and The Bund in Shanghai.
Jobs in China
When looking for English-speaking jobs, these will mostly be in cities such Beijing and Shanghai – the business and industrial hubs of the country. Many multinational companies have their Asian headquarters in one of these east coast locations – as well as in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Tianjin.
The majority of expatriate workers in China find jobs with foreign-invested enterprises. Although opportunities do exist with Chinese companies, these usually require some knowledge of Mandarin.
Major industries in China include:
- consumer products
- food processing
- machine building