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    Moving to HK (Graduate Jobs)

    Hi all,

    During my exchange period at the University of Hong Kong I fel in love with Hong Kong. Next year, I graduate with a master degree in Finance (double specialisation in Real Estate Finance and Asset Management) and a master in Spatial Economics. Additionally, I have some experience in the real estate sector. I'm working at Savills as a valuer for 1.5 years now.

    Currently, I'm planning what I want to do after I graduate, and I would love to go back to Hong Kong to work there. However, I was wondering what the current situation regarding the job market is for recent graduates. I would like to work for an investment firm specialised in real estate.

    What kind of salary can I expect and is this salary enough to have an normal life style given the high prices in Hong Kong?
    Where can I find such jobs?
    Is it a problem that I do not speak Cantonese? I just passed my HSK 3 exam (Mandarin Chinese).

    I have a Dutch nationality, so obtaining a visa would not be a problem.

    Would love to hear from you,

    Best regards,

    Rens


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    When were you in HK? Things have changed a lot in the past year....


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    Second half of 2018.. So before the protests etc., I know..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rverbeek:
    I have a Dutch nationality, so obtaining a visa would not be a problem.
    How so?

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    Formulated this wrong, but when I find a job that's within my academic field it would not be a problem.


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    Thank you for your reply!


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    Rverbeek,

    Glad to see you enjoyed your time in HK! A few thoughts:

    1. No idea what the salaries are in your industry, but I think it is true of most industries that the salary for your first year/job is not that important. What you need is experience and training at a company with a good reputation and culture.

    2. You should target international players in your field, like Savills etc. They will hire people without Chinese fluency; local and Chinese firms are highly unlikely to unless you have connections with them or some super rare skill.

    3. You would need a work visa. Depending on the position if it's a trainee or graduate type programme I believe ImmD can be a bit funny if the salary is below a certain amount or if the title has trainee/graduate in it - reason being one should be able to train anyone from the local graduate market. One workaround is the IANG visa which means you can get a visa virtually as of right so long as you have a degree or diploma from a HK based university - are there any 6-12 month courses of relevance in HK that you could do to qualify for this?

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    That's why I ask if he has considered pursuing a course to qualify for iANG.

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    Quite simply, it's better if you apply to HK jobs when you have a few more years' experience. There are a lot of similar threads on the same topic with the same reasoning given.

    And this is from someone who works in HR for the past 12 years, specifically hiring for MNC firms

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    Thank you all for your replies, it's seriously really helpful! I indeed did an exchange semester, so I won't do another masters in HK as I already have two master degrees. I'm open for more opinions/answers regarding my questions. Thank you in advance!


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