Just wondering if I could get some thoughts/experiences / advice! I know some of it will probs be harsh and a reality check but I probably need it ??????
Basically I really really want to move to Hong Kong for a few years to work / experience it. I have family there and my parents grew up there so I would love to connect with the culture. This also means I have (I think) ROL, which I will be travelling back to HK in January to apply for. So this probably means I don't need to be sponsored for a visa.
I am a 23 year old female from Australia. In terms of professional life, I have just under a year's experience at an international social media company doing corporate events. I started a foreign exchange role in a large international financial services company a couple months ago. This is on top of the experience in more casual jobs whilst studying ofc. I studied social media market stuff so this finance stuff is very new to me so I don't expect to be able to find another random finance role.
My plan so far is to work here for a year and request an internal transfer to the HK office then move around next July. Problem is, my department is not available in the HK location so I will have to switch departments. This is not a problem for me personally as I would prefer to go back into marketing/events but would mean I would have to apply for a new job even if it's internally. I am also worried about my lack of experience. I am currently earning about the equivalent of 32k HKD /month.
If I do move I am currently expecting to pay for my own relocation, however I will not have to pay for accommodation for at least the first 6-12 months as I can live with family. I am also planning to ship my large dog over.
I figure it's the best time to do it as I'm young and I want to start a family/grow old in Sydney so I thought I'd try to experience this as I won't get to when I'm older.
I would love to know your thoughts/experiences and any advice or considerations you can give me. I'm honestly pretty set on my plan so advice would probably be more helpful than trying to convince me otherwise .
Has anyone done something like this? Most people seem to move when they already have a job offer. One of my other main concerns are hours and annual leave. I currently get to leave at 5pm on the dot (manager will tell me to leave if I stay) and I get 25 days of paid leave a year min. This is somewhat important to me because my dog is my baby and he needs 3 walks a day (working dog). Loool. People working for international companies, how do you hours /leave look?
Do I have anything to negotiate with that would make my company want to or help me move to HK?
Transport wise, I live quite far (Tai Wai) from my office (Tai Koo). I don't see many motorbikes being ridden around HK, is this a viable option?
This is everything I can remember so far, though I'm certain I've left out many questions.
Thanks so much! ????