In a world of anemic economic growth and complete transparency over the professional specs of your LinkedIn contacts, young people are in desperate search for a secret weapon to show on their resume and to cut through the noise. This is especially the case for foreign job seekers in China; where standard career paths are…

This article is a first in a series of three feature articles covering the China Job Market in 2017. Subscribe to receive the next article to your inbox. “China is a country, not a career.” This is advice my students at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center received during a career-focused trip to Beijing. Over the past 35 years,…

  Who said Chinese universities only teach language? Given the number of students itching to make a leap into the Chinese business world, business schools may be the perfect package to bridge that gap. Many of these programs fit smoothly into an Australian winter or summer semester and pack your trip to the brim with…

After interviewing China Residencies Director, Kira Simon-Kennedy about the Two to Three (二到三) Residency, Asia Options immediately got a hold of Joshua Hoare. In 2015 Josh was one two Australian residents in Xiamen on the Two to Three program. Two to Three is a multi-disciplinary artist residency open to Australians with China experience. It runs for…

Kira Simon-Kennedy is a film producer and nonprofit director. She is the the co-founder and director of the online directory China Residencies. China Residencies was founded by Kira and Crystal Ruth Bell in 2013 with the ambition to become “the most comprehensive directory of residencies, co-working spaces and creative communities in China”. In two short…

  Asia Options gets excited about initiatives that encompass both learning and travel to the Asian region, so we were thrilled to learn about the great work undertaken by Austern International. Austern International is an initiative founded by Lily Wu and Jamie Lee that sends young Australians to the Asian region to learn about how…

  The most logical step to finding internships and non-teaching jobs in China is to sift through online job boards or connect with HR recruiters. But for those looking to bypass the competitive online job market, this article looks at how to hack the China job market a less traditional way. These pointers will be especially relevant if your…

The increasingly common combination of a foreign testamur and a local ID card is transforming the employment market in China. Fresh off long haul flights with new Chanel handbags in tow and hoodies from IVY League or G8 universities stashed in their suitcase, thousands of Chinese grads are returning to China and jostling for position to…

  Mastering the official language of China is no easy feat. Tones, stroke order, pronunciation, and a seemingly endless supply of characters together pose a linguistic nightmare! Learning Chinese is especially difficult for full-time professionals due to the arduous time commitment involved in learning the language. Those with established proficiency are also prone to slipping…

  Rapid economic development in Asia has brought tremendous change to the region but it has also brought significant challenges and gaps in the market, and there is desperate need for entrepreneurial talent. Meanwhile, foreign companies are facing increased pressure from local companies, while traditional jobs for expats are also facing pressure from local talent. Working in…

China Exit Strategies are a hot topic, both among my friends and readers who call me for career advice. People are concerned that they might hurt their prospects for advancement by staying in China too long, or that they might not be able to find a role that would allow them to transition back home.…

  A friend of mine recently had his formal internship offer in Shanghai revoked after the new internship regulations came into effect. Though my company usually doesn’t have anything to do with internships, I thought school-age blog readers would benefit from being aware of the challenges he faced, and some of the issues apply to full-time…

  China is a land of opportunity for Australian nationals but finding reliable and useful information can be tricky and especially so for working out how to work in China. For those keen on avoiding the teaching English route, or for those ready to move on to bigger and better things than teaching English, Asia…

  Alice Slevison from Asia Options had a chat with her Beijing based China Policy colleague Mark Eels about his experience working as an intern for the ACYA-Peking University Australian Studies Centre Internship Program.   Some background on Mark Mark has completed a Bachelor in International Relations and International Business at Bond University, and is undertaking…

  Through our Asia Networking Guide series Asia Options provides a directory for networking events for ten cities in Australia and Asia. Our second feature city in this series is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing. The ancient and modern Chinese capital offers an amazing hotpot of networking and social events.   1)…

  Internships in Asia can be a significant investment of time and money, and especially if you go through scrupulous internship providers charging you for the experience! However, internships don’t always turn out to be as educational and meaningful as one would hope for. I know first-hand the disappointment of shuffling papers, uploading business cards to…