Everything You Should Know Before Getting a Job in Asia

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Job hunting can be quite intimidating, especially in a foreign country. It is difficult to know where to start. As much as you might look forward to working in Asia, there is always a price to pay for choosing to work far from home, from warm climates and language barriers to hectic bureaucratic processes. Here is a guide to best prepare you for work in Asia.

 Getting Past The Language Barrier

If you are looking to work in Hong Kong or Singapore then you do not have to fuss much about the language barrier. These are former British colonies so business is mostly conducted in English. The challenge, however, arises when you are working in rural India and China, you will definitely need to learn a second language. This will also increase your job prospects. Worry not, you can still do this online:

The Application Process

Working visas in these parts are not always easy to obtain. They are normally obtained by skilled professionals who get them through an invitation from their employer in the relevant country and backed by government approval. The process may take days, weeks and sometimes months but the wait is worth it. Here is all you should know about applying for a visa in Asia or any Asian country: VISIT

Safety Considerations

Be sure to take precautions against diseases such as rabies, Malaria, and dengue fever. Drinking tap water in Asia is not recommended. Food poisoning is also a common problem in the continents so you should be careful. Read more on how to keep yourself safe: READ HERE

Asian Culture

Some countries in Asia are known to have poor records on human rights, environmental protection, human rights, and free speech. These include Iraq, Istanbul, and China. In some Asian countries, the LGBTQ community is not recognized and is discriminated against. It is important to be well-versed with the cultures and norms of the country you intend to move to so as to avoid being caught on the wrong side of the law. A background check is essential. HERE

Now that you know all about your country of choice, take a look at how to get a job in specific Asian Countries:


The major industries in Pakistan are textiles and manufacturing, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, oil production, and IT. The major employers are Shell, Procter and Gamble, and HBL bank

Major Religion: Islam

Dominant Language: Urdu

Country Profile: VISIT


A very promising country with a booming economy to work in for recent graduates. Mining, manufacturing, electronics, automobiles and pharmaceuticals, engineering, technology, the sciences and architecture. The teaching of English as a foreign language is widespread.

Leading Employers: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China and China Construction Bank, and Apple

Major Religion: Buddhism and Christianity

Dominant Language: Mandarin Chinese, English

Country Profile: VISIT

Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers a mixture of Eastern culture and Western business, with a view of scenic mountains and temples surrounding the banks, law firms, advertising agencies, and assorted other financial services that make up the majority of the region’s business and GDP.

Leading Employers: The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, airline Cathay Pacific

Major Religion: Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity

Dominant Language: English and Cantonese

Country Profile:


Singapore is open to visitors and workers abroad and it rivals Hong Kong when it comes to quality of living and the prevalence of big financial services firms.

Leading Employers; Bp

Exxon Mobile, VISIT


Major Religions: Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Taoism.

Dominant Language: English, Malay

Country Profile: HERE


Malaysia is a rapidly developing country with a high standard of public services and a fast-growing economy. With IT and technology, medicine, oil and gas, banking and financial services, palm oil and electronics as the major industries.

Leading Employers:  Deloitte, KPMG, Asia

Major Religion: Islam

Dominant Language: English, Malay

Country Profile: HERE

If you have thoroughly read through the above, you are good to go. Be sure to pick your Asian country of choice and send through your application today!

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