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Teaching in China. The ideal job that pays better than professional jobs

Teaching in China. The ideal job that pays better than professional jobs
China is the country that is developing faster and more efficient than any other in the world. And even though China is a Super-Power, the living costs are much cheaper than in other countries like USA, Canada, UK, and Russia. The local population has an average salary of 3000-5000 Yuan, depending on the region. This amount may not seem much, but the rent is quite cheap in China. For example, if you share your room with someone you can find a place for 1500 Yuan and if you want to rent a one bedroom apartment, the prices will range between 3500-5500 Yuan. Many Chinese people manage to have a good life with their salaries. English teachers in China Because the country is focusing on developing further and being more open to foreign investments, local people knowing English have a significant advantage. That is why the Chinese government is always opening new English teacher positions in the major cities and also in some rural areas. And because of its importance for the future economy of the country, English teachers are paid...
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Public holidays in China

Public holidays in China
China is a country focused on culture. That is why the Chinese government has designed festivals for people to enjoy special events.  Everybody has the right to enjoy the free time in their appointed days off work.  That is why these holidays are either for all the citizens to enjoy or just for a part of the working force.  In this article, you will learn about the Chinese national (public) holidays, and compare them with the holidays in your home country.  New Year’s Day This is one of the grand occasions for the Chinese people. People in China celebrate the New Year like no one else. Since ancient times, the name of the New Year is “Yuandan” which means “the beginning day” or “first day of the year.” China is the twelfth country to celebrate this event and every person in China has a one day’s vacation for the New Year.  Spring Festival (The Chinese New Year)  This event is held on the first day of the first lunar month, and it lasts for two weeks.  It is considered to...
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Seven Reasons to Start Your Career Abroad in China

Seven Reasons to Start Your Career Abroad in China
Asia is now the world’s leading destination for high-achieving and ambitious expats. Shanghai, China, is the leading work destination for expats. China’s market offers a broad range of business perks, but also attractive lifestyles. In this article, you will learn about the seven reasons for working and living in China.  1. It builds your character Starting a career is an enormous challenge. Starting one overseas requires a lot of responsibility and maturity. If you get a job abroad, the chances are that you will be all alone there, with no friends or co-nationals. This means that you have to handle everything on your own. Sometimes, the recruitment agency that put you in contact with your new company can help you with more information about accommodation, paperwork, and other important things. In addition to this, you will have to connect with your new co-workers and form a team. And if you do not know the language this could prove difficult. 2. For the love of money  This is the first thing anyone wants to know about. Luckily, in China, this is...
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Five reasons to do your summer internship in China

Five reasons to do your summer internship in China
Many people try to decide whether to volunteer or intern abroad. If you are thinking of doing this, you have to consider many things. Is this suitable to your personality? Does routine and structure appeal to you or you prefer the unexpected and unpredictable? Are you searching to become better in your industry or are you just taking a break from another type of work? Do you think there are skills you could learn from an internationally competitive company?  Many articles were written trying to convince you to volunteer. But this article is different. Often volunteer and internship positions overlap. In this article, you will learn the five reasons why you should consider becoming an intern in China instead.  1. Internships are often school or university affiliated Internships are mostly designed to train high schoolers and university students. Some universities even give extra credits for completing a specific number of hours. In addition to this, there are several options for internships and studying abroad. This includes the internship experience in the academic one. In this case, the university gives you...
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China’s industrial profits returned to growth

China’s industrial profits returned to growth
In the first two months of 2015, China’s industrial profits returned to growth. This happened despite the weakening business conditions and the slowing economic growth in China, which is the second-largest economy in the world.  The year 2016 is so far highlighted by economic growth The profits earned by the Chinese industrial companies in January and February were higher with 4,8% than the previous year, totaling around 780.7bn CNY ($120bn), according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This is a good thing, especially when compared with the annual fall from December 2015, which was 4.7%. This positive trend is the result of quicker products sales of the industrial firms and the decline of industrial producer prices, according to He Ping (NBS official).  The industries that contributed the most to this growth are electrical machinery, food sectors, and oil processing industries. The increase in profits was also the result of industry sectors benefiting from lower oil prices. The food industry has grown significantly as a consequence of the high demand and the price decline for some raw materials.  The National...
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Five tips on how to turn your internship abroad into a job offer

Five tips on how to turn your internship abroad into a job offer
Students have the tendency of thinking about an internship, whether abroad or home, only as the perfect opportunity of building their skill sets and gaining experience in a particular field. Yes, this is true. But what students tend to forget and don’t even consider is that taking an internship at any company can be the first step in getting hired there. Even if your internship company does not have a position available, there is still a possibility of getting one of newly created posts for stellar interns who proved themselves to be precious team members.  In this article we offer you five tips on how you can turn your abroad internship into a job offer. 1. Have a career path in mind In some countries students feel the need to do an internship with a company to get a feeling about what real life is all about. And because of this, students tend to search for easy internships, which may not help them in the future. So before getting an internship you have to decide on the field you want...
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China’s high demand for global talent

China’s high demand for global talent
China’s job market remains stable, despite the million job losses since 2008 due to economy crisis. But today the urban situation has stabilized and this year it will become even more stable. In just the three months of 2016, more than 3.18 million new jobs were created. The government had previously declared that 1.8 million steel workers and energy industry employees may lose their jobs as a result of excess capacity. China’s economy is slowing down, but it is still growing from last year, with the GDP growing 6,7% year on year reaching 15,9 trillion Yuan (~$2.4 trillion). And because the government wants to rejuvenate the economic growth, China is in big need for global talent, especially in high-end technical fields. Global talents needed As China has upgraded its manufacturing sector, the need of veteran technical engineers and workers with working experience has increased. Job seekers are scanning for new opportunities, and most of them are engineers in the manufacturing sector. The phone lines are red hot at the largest professional networking platform LinkedIn, China’s office. Cecilia Wang, the head...
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Why China is the perfect place for an Architecture Internship?

Why China is the perfect place for an Architecture Internship?



The Chinese government has recently decided that it time to end the era of outlandish international architecture that has invaded China’s skyline. This threatens the Western architecture companies that have been fighting over projects in China. Until now there were no rules so everyone could bring their fantasies to real life. Even in big cities, like New York, their desires were put in place because of the zoning codes, cautious lenders, vigilant preservationists and resistant neighbors. But in China, everybody was allowed to do almost anything. Because of this, we have sinuous towers, ovate concert halls, woozy museums and all sorts of organic-looking structures designed by Western architects for Chinese patrons. And if you want to do an architecture internship, this is the main reason why China is the perfect place for it. China is the perfect combination between New and Old This is visible just by visiting China, not to mention studying here. You will find here a lot of old traditional buildings, build with wood and pointy roofs. But aside from this, in the larger cities, you will...
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The seven secrets behind China’s success

The seven secrets behind China’s success
China had the bad reputation of copying everything and everybody. But after the year 2000, the government decided that it’s time to remove this label and focus on innovation. Over the last decade and a half, the country has been using its billion plus population to power the economic growth. In this article, you will learn what are the seven secrets that made China the global power it is today. 1. The Government Although the western media is presenting the Chinese government as a bad thing, the reality lays elsewhere. The government is focusing all its powers and has remained committed to economic growth and implementing good policy decisions. From the time of Deng Xiaoping, who set the tone, nothing was able to disrupt the flow, including changes in ideology, leadership, and community politics.  2. China’s high rate of savings The high rate of its savings is another reason why China is so successful. The country concentrates all the salaries paid to workers in just four big banks that are managed by the state. All the money are used by...
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Paid Vacation in China: What Are Your Rights?

Paid Vacation in China: What Are Your Rights?
Summer is coming, and if you’ve come to China to study and work, you may be wondering about those precious moments, the vacation time. Maybe you’ve heard in the news that a third of workers in China never enjoyed paid vacation days or that almost 20% are frequently working on the weekend. In this article, you will learn what rights you have as an employee in China. How much vacation time you are entitled too The Chinese labor laws state that every employee that has worked continuously for 12 months is entitled to paid annual leave. The legal vacation period is as follows. For:  Between 1 year and 10 years of service, you receive 5 days of vacation (1 week) Between 10 and 20 years of service, you receive 10 days of vacation (2 weeks) More than 20 years of service you receive 15 days of vacation (3 weeks) You need to know that “years of service” refers to the total years of employment, regardless of the employer. This means that even if you are a new employee somewhere, you...
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Chinese Business Culture – do’s and don’ts in Chinese office

Chinese Business Culture – do’s and don’ts in Chinese office
A couple of valuable insights Everyone gets nervous before starting a new job – it is always complicated to blend into a completely new business culture and learn to perform in terms of new responsibilities as fast as possible. Stress increases when you are faced with a foreign culture on top of that.  Getting used to specific cultural aspects while you are trying to do business, can be hard and sometimes frustrating, especially in China, where business practices are really different from those in the West. But we all are masters of our own life and habits, so we can definitely relate to what Professor Xavier from “X-men” once said – every skill, habit or gift is just a muscle, and indeed it can be trained.  To ease up the shock and help a newcomer become a superhero in the Chinese working environment, we have prepared for you some do’s and don’ts about working in China.  Firstly, let’s start with Don’ts: 1. Don’t rush into getting straight to business In China not all business people begin important discussions the moment...
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The Top 3 Best Fields For An Internship In China

The Top 3 Best Fields For An Internship In China
photo credit: Gongaza University If you have decided to move to China or are already here, then you surely must know that the best way to kick-start your career would be to do an internship. We understand that it can get confusing at first because the Asian culture is very different from the Western one, so this is why we have decided to give you access to some valuable insights about the employment reality here and internships.  Are There Paid Internships in China? Firstly, you have to understand that it is illegal to get paid in China as a foreigner if you don’t have a working visa. The only way you can apply for a working visa is if you already have a full-time employment contract and this is why an internship cannot be paid. But you can do it with your student visa and aim at getting employed by the company afterwards so that you can also get a working visa. It may be required of you to return to your country when you apply to change your visa...
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Three things you must never do when searching for job in China

Three things you must never do when searching for job in China
There are some common mistakes that most of the foreigners do when looking for a job in China. These errors start from the CV creation to how you apply for a job and what you say during a job interview with a Chinese HR professional.  It’s okay to make mistakes, but repeating them will only lead to frustration. I know it very well because I also made some of these mistakes by myself (and lost few very nice opportunities) until I learnt how to be a wise laowai. Let me teach you from my experience (and that of many other young foreigners in China) so that you never have to make the same mistakes during your job search in China.  On top of the long list of “never-to-do” things, three mistakes can cost you a job offer. If you make these mistakes during a phone conversation with HR or, even worse, during your personal interview, you can simply say goodbye to this career opportunity. Mistake 1. “Prove that you are not a scam!” It is true that there are many...
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An Excellent Strategy For Finding A job In China

An Excellent Strategy For Finding A job In China

As you well know, there are plenty of online articles on “ How to find a job in China ” and usually, they just give you a list of well-known websites and recommend to use “guanxi”. Extremely helpful and to the point, right? While there are some good online job boards that we will provide you with, there is more to finding a job. Yes, having “guanxi” (connections) is important in China, but the information we are going to share with you may help you find a job without them or, at the very least, teach you how to develop connections. This is not the sort of article that promises magical solutions; it’s realistic and in accordance with the employment reality in China.  What You Can Do  Let us imagine that you are a young foreign specialist, aspiring and willing to develop your career here, in China. For starters, there are a couple of things you can do: Start looking for a job before arriving in China because, honestly, this process can take a while; Find an employment agency that...
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10 things you didn’t know about China Labor Law

10 things you didn’t know about China Labor Law
Chinese Labor Law has undergone changes in the last few decades. In 1995, a comprehensive description of employer/worker obligations and rights was created. In 2008, changes were made to rules regarding collective bargaining. In February, 2016, an even newer change was made: foreign students who graduate in China will be allowed to work there.  For those who plan to work in China after graduation, there a few things that you should know: Workers need to be at least 18 years old, and in good health. Should have professional skills that will make employing them of benefit to Chinese industry Cannot have any criminal record. Must have a clearly defined employer. Must have a valid passport or other travel document in lieu of a passport. On the other side of that, there are certain people who cannot work in China, or will need special permission: Foreigners who do not have residence permits must have special permission from the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Foreigners who are undergraduates or interns also will need special permission to hold jobs other...
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