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UK-Based Digital Marketer Who Wants to Move to HK

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic:
    ethnicity is not even unique skill, plus, plenty of brits, Canadian, yanks, aussies here.

    in regards to british aspect, there is a significant number of british born Chinese here ( hence, native English speakers)

    why not consider asking around fortune 500 companies for links to HK jobs as your best luck of finding a job, BTW, do you have a degree as well?

    alternatively, if you willing reduce your wage request, do a tefl course in UK and start afresh, native speaking English tutors are in demand and eventually become a real teacher with pdge if want decent wages
    I only mentioned my ethnicity to highlight the fact I was a native English speaker as it seemed to me someone earlier needed clarification on this point, not because I thought ethnicity was a unique skill. What I thought was unique was being a native English speaker combined with my specific experience... that's unique?

    I want to continue my career in Digital Marketing as there is a much higher chance of career progression in marketing and potential to make a lot more money higher up the ladder.

    I'll definitely have a look around and see what's about. Thanks for the advice!

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    Are you looking for a client side or agency-side position? Do you have a degree? Do you have any unique skills that would not be available from the local labour pool? Speaking English would not be sufficient in the industry you are looking to, and not speaking Cantonese / Putonghua will be to your detriment so you need something else to bring that makes you unique.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalReality:
    I only mentioned my ethnicity to highlight the fact I was a native English speaker as it seemed to me someone earlier needed clarification on this point
    So just to be clear, you believe that being white is both sufficient and necessary for a British citizen to be regarded as a native English speaker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntfuttock:
    So just to be clear, you believe that being white is both sufficient and necessary for a British citizen to be regarded as a native English speaker?
    It is fairly well known that a large demographic here in Hong Kong won't accept brown or yellow people teaching their children English... regardless of how fluent the non-white teacher may be. So get off your high horse and stop disrupting threads with pointless pedantry - especially given in Hong Kong ethnicity plays a much greater role than would be legally allowed in other countries.
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    Just for the record, the highest paid freelance English Teacher I know is a Brit of Sri Lankan descent. She commands a minimum of HK$600 per hour, and has more potential customers than she can take on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntfuttock:
    Just for the record, the highest paid freelance English Teacher I know is a Brit of Sri Lankan descent. She commands a minimum of HK$600 per hour, and has more potential customers than she can take on.
    Do you think your one personal experience invalidates the argument, or are you just tossing it out there as a statistically meaningless observation?

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    What's all this talk about English teachers got to do with Digital Marketing?

    Sent from somewhere....


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    Do you think your one personal experience invalidates the argument, or are you just tossing it out there as a statistically meaningless observation?
    All I can say is that I have several British friends who aren't white and who are making good money teaching English. None of them has encountered any issues that I'm aware of because of the colour of their skin. I suspect this is because they are good at what they do, and that it is not inconceivable that other people who are crap at teaching English use the colour of their skin as a convenient excuse.

    Personally I prefer to base my opinions on my actual experience rather than hearsay on anonymous internet forums. However, it is clear that there are those who value such hearsay, which is why I continue to offer it!
    Last edited by Gruntfuttock; 19-08-2013 at 10:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virago:
    What's all this talk about English teachers got to do with Digital Marketing?

    Sent from somewhere....
    Well, the serious answer is that Grunty derailed it with his normal unhelpful comments... but even so English teaching is the most likely route to Hong Kong for the OP... sad as that may seem I doubt that English language digital marketing experience is going to be very useful in the local market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntfuttock:
    All I can say is that I have several British friends who aren't white and who are making good money teaching English. None of them has encountered any issues that I'm aware of because of the colour of their skin. I suspect this is because they are good at what they do, and that it is not inconceivable that other people who are crap at teaching English use the colour of their skin as a convenient excuse.

    Personally I prefer to base my opinions on my actual experience rather than hearsay on anonymous internet forums. However, it is clear that there are those who value such hearsay, which is why I continue to offer it!
    I will fork this into a separate discussion rather than continue to pollute this thread.

    http://hongkong.geoexpat.com/forum/7...ml#post2525193

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