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Considering Secondment to Hong Kong from Singapore

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  1. #31
    "Being single in HK for 6 to 12 months, you will have a blast. Just bear in mind no travel, but I guess that doesn't matter knowing you will leave within a fixed time."


    Hmmm, BUT the "fixed time" is all very well, but consider this: If the country you want to go to / return to has "locked the doors" from persons in Hong Kong, and you are stuck here, jobless and being rapidly financially depleted when your "time-limited" job stint ends.

    Perhaps that employing company MIGHT extend your employment - or so you should hope!

    'Cos there's NO "Dole Payments" here.

    Just have a prosperous New Year !


  2. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexdown:
    A resounding YES
    A resounding NO.
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    If you are in the early stages of your career it is always good to show you are eager and up for challenges. The opportunities to do this are often limited, so take them when you can. This sounds like on opportunity to profile yourself at regional HQ. The value of such an opportunity is easily worth more than a few thousand dollars.

    Companies run their businesses where they can make money. It is good to show you are prepared to work wherever you are needed.


  4. #34

    Definitely yes. Ignore the negatively - I didn’t agree with zero covid, but am enjoying not having to worry about covid right now. All my U.K. US friends have Omi. In my experience, doing international stints is how you climb the ladder.

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  5. #35

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    A resounding NO.
    I open to shifting perspectives.

    most people on geo have been in hk since the shopping mall building orgy several years back. some were here even during the excitement leading to the '08 olympics. heck, some have been here since the patten hey days. they believed in hong kong, its mythology, its values and all its promise. that hk is gone, but many still cling onto it

    the new new batch of expats don't see things that way. they see hong kong as a penny stock that had dropped to rather attractive valuations, nothing more nothing less, in a “buy when there's blood” sort of way. they don't have any of the baggage as the previous bunch

    just saying
    Last edited by timothwc; 27-12-2021 at 10:57 AM.

  6. #36
    I wonder if you have considered that it is a "Smart Move" by your present employer to get you out of the company to "somewhere else" and then fail to retrieve you after the allotted period [for some trumped up reason].

    Cynical ?

    What me cynical??






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    Quote Originally Posted by SinCWB:
    If you are in the early stages of your career it is always good to show you are eager and up for challenges. The opportunities to do this are often limited, so take them when you can. This sounds like on opportunity to profile yourself at regional HQ. The value of such an opportunity is easily worth more than a few thousand dollars.

    Companies run their businesses where they can make money. It is good to show you are prepared to work wherever you are needed.
    Old thinking. It is good to show that you have value to the employer and that you would like that value to be appreciated.

    Don't be like the corporate lemmings and sell yourself short for a company that ultimately would bin you in a heartbeat. Know your worth and fight for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrancisX:
    Old thinking. It is good to show that you have value to the employer and that you would like that value to be appreciated.

    Don't be like the corporate lemmings and sell yourself short for a company that ultimately would bin you in a heartbeat. Know your worth and fight for it.
    or maybe he needs to take that lesson in person, that your company is not your fairy godmother, and will leave you hanging to dry in a foreign land. judging from the activity on this board, a lot of people are experiencing that lesson

  9. #39

    Is it the OP is being seconded by the company i.e. asked for OP to move to HK ? If that is the case, then they see value in the employee and should pay for all costs of relocation.

    However, if it is the OP who is asking to move on his / her own initiative, then I don't see why the company should pay for quarantine and living conditions, if they have to carve out a role for OP in the HK office.
    Maybe OP is sick of being locked down in Singapore and just wants a change of scenery. If OP is single, it's fine and not having to worry about schooling. Come to HK for the experience, you'll love it, you'll hate it, but you would have done it.

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  10. #40

    Haven't read the whole thread but I really wouldn't come unless the company is organizing and paying for your quarantine.

    And remember if you test positive, wow, you're really in for an adventure.

    Good luck though!

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