I just joined over a week ago, and you may have got to know a bit about me from my 2 other threads on "How to get an IT consulting job" and "USA MBAs"...
Basically Im a 27 yr old cdn born chinese who has been working in the IT field for 3 yrs.
I want to get to the heart of the matter, and find out if moving to HK is really a good place for me.
Here are my pros and cons in comparison to my hometown of Toronto. I invite everyone to validate my claims and counter my arguments
(PROs) I would like to work in HK for 2-3 years because:
- it would be a great opportunity for personal growth, being in HK would force me to move from conversational canto to "more fluent"
- international work experience would look good on any resume, especially the city of HK
- HK is a financial hub, where you can make a lot if youre into business, finance, realestate
- HK has cheap food, great public transportation
- the winters are warm! (no snow and -20C like toronto!)
- less likely to face ethnic barriers in the work environment due to my skin color (i.e. atleast I look chinese)
- fast-paced, busy lifestyle, nicer luxuries (dining, clothing, etc)
(CONs) I think Toronto, or even USA cities like NYC and SF would be a better fit for me because:
- IT industry isn't that big in HK, there are much more opportunities in north america, no matter the level of experience you have
- Wages for IT are MUCH higher in North America. If I wanted to net the same salary in HK... I need a salary of $37,000 HKD/month (pre-tax)... which I hear is highly unlikely for someone with 3 yrs of IT experience
- Realestate is almost double the costs (in prime areas) as compared to toronto. I could easily spend my entire salary on rent.
- the summers are sooooooo humid in HK... the suffering is comparable to the cold winters in toronto :P
- I dont really like the busy lifestyle, I prefer the active sport lifestyle, where I can drive to public basketball or tennis courts and not need to wait in long lines.
- I love driving my car, and motorcycle... which I wouldnt be able to afford in HK
Well, thats all I can think of for now... I look forward to everyone's opinions!
Help me decide