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Working in China: Top Career Opportunities for Expats


Interning in China can be a great way to get the contacts and experience you need to land a full-time job in China. If you want to live in China for several years and have a successful career, here are the top ten hottest jobs for expats in China.

1. Marketing

Chinese companies are in a race to expand and sell to an international market. They need foreigners who speak multiple languages and understand the nuances of international business. To land a marketing job in China, you should be social media savvy and preferably good at design and ad creation.

2. Project or Product Management

Do you know how to take an idea and plan and put it into action? Can you manage timelines, deadlines and budgets? Chinese companies doing business with foreign companies need someone on their side to help ensure that their project or product is successful. You will need to be an excellent communicator, have experience working on a diverse team and know how to compromise and negotiate without compromising the overall project goals.

3. International Sales, Business Development and Trade

Chinese people understand better than anyone that personal connections are the best way to find new business. They don’t expect to cold call their way into a new country. However, if you are from that country, they might expect you to cold call! Hopefully, you have some contacts at home or a very strong sales personality that will ensure you can find new clients abroad.

4. Writing/Proofreading/Editing/Translating

As more and more Chinese companies start selling to an international audience, they need experts who can write, edit and proofread in multiple languages and perhaps even translate Chinese documents into local languages. To truly excel in this type of job, you would ideally be able to read the original Chinese text, but if you have a Chinese colleague with excellent English, that wouldn’t be necessary.

5. Customer Service

After the sales and business development teams have found and won new international business, there also needs to be competent customer service staff who understand their clientele and who will be able to keep those customers for the long-term.  Every industry needs people with good customer service skills, which should allow you to pick and choose from a variety of industries in China.

6. Manufacturing Engineer

China desperately needs technical experts who can bring over innovative technology and ideas to make companies more efficient and technologically advanced. Some Chinese companies might purchase a very advanced machine from overseas but have no one in China who knows how to run it. Having international technical expertise will guarantee you a very high-paying job in China, and no Mandarin skills are required. 

7. Designers

Every culture has their own visual preferences. The creative industry is growing in China, but it still has a long ways to go.  Innovative designers in a variety of fields are needed such as graphic designers, product designers, fashion designers, interior designers, software designers, web designers, etc.

8. Supply Chain

Getting products in and out of China’s huge market requires a team of supply chain professionals who know everything there is to know about operations, quality, manufacturing, and logistics. China’s supply chain industry is extremely fragmented and many supply chain companies are looking to expand overseas. They will need international experts to do so.

9. Restaurant Manager

As Chinese restaurants try to differentiate themselves from other Chinese restaurants, they may seek to reach new target markets such as expats or foreign tourists. There are also a growing number of foreign-owned restaurants in China who are looking for foreign staff.

10. CEO/Chairman Assistant

Although in the West, an assistant is more like a secretary, in China, a CEO or high-level assistant is a very prominent position and a subsequent promotion might make that person a top manager or VP.  Chinese companies are looking for smart, professional assistants to ensure they project an international image and at the same time learn Western business practices.

For more info on which industry or job opportunity in China is best for you, contact our Gi2C internship counselors at info@gi2c.org.  Start your new career in China with an internship in Beijing or Shanghai!

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