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Your Two Cents: Would You Move to China For Work?

A global job search isn't everyone's bag, but some recent college graduates have had success with finding jobs in China. According to the New York Times, China's economy is expanding and the cost of living is lower, so a new wave of college graduates are moving there to bravely begin their careers.

There are big risks and preparation involved with moving to another country that primarily speaks a different language, but if it's where the jobs are, the reward could be worth it. Would you consider moving to China for work?

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missjh missjh 7 years
The human rights issue isn't as bad as you think. My dad actually moved us to Shanghai about 11 years ago for business and my parents have lived there ever since (I was born and raised in Hawaii). I went to Shanghai American School for three years and then returned to the States for undergrad and grad school, but I go back about 2-3 times a year. It's really not the "Communist" country that you think...the power of the economy there is absolutely AMAZING...the number of Europeans and Americans that live there is unbelievable. At first when we first visited I was scared to death that I was going to be arrested and thrown in a labor prison, but in reality it feels just like the US in terms of freedoms. I am actually here in Shanghai right now!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
No way. I like it here.
luna08 luna08 7 years
another country, yes! China, no.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
No way. I'd move to just about any other country besides China, to be honest. It's not the language barrier, but the culture there is so entirely different than what I'm used to.
weffie weffie 7 years
If I could do my same job there then I def would, but not to work in a jeans factory or something haha... I think their workforce is overcrowded even more than ours so I doubt I'd have a lot of luck finding a good job. But re: the language barrier, it's really not that tough! Just working in a Chinese buffet during college I learned the all essentials (numbers, directions, "do you speak English," swearing, etc...) in Cantonese and started getting some Mandarin basics from the chefs too.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
This website would probably be blocked there, wouldn't it? haha. Heck to the NO.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 7 years
No. Other countries *maybe*, if I was being paid really really well, but I don't want to live in China. Aside from the language barrier, like mek123, I'd be concerned about my rights and safety. And I'm just too used to the way things are done in the U.S. Besides, I wouldn't really want to live an ocean away from my family. And honestly, I usually feel uncomfortable around people who are from Asia; I'm sure it's a cultural thing, but they usually seem kind of cold towards others.
lovekailua lovekailua 7 years
No way would I move to China for a job.
mek123 mek123 7 years
It's not moving to another country that I object to but China doesn't have a very good human rights record and that bothers me.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Yes. I can't speak the language but I would work my butt off to learn it.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
I would only move to a country where I could speak the language, so that rules out China. And I took two years of Mandarin, but that language takes a lifetime to learn. I do have two friends that moved there though; one went to Beijing and one went to Shanghai. Both are still there four years later as far as I know and thriving, but I'm sure it helps that they're both reasonably fluent in Mandarin!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
No, as I would never want to live in that country.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i always love the idea of moving for a job and if they help you with relocation and you can have a good lifestyle elsewhere then i'd say 'sign me up'. granted it's helpful to be in a place where i can really speak the language but at least you know that i most major cities - even in china, English is spoken really well among everyone.
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