Post # 1
Hubby got a foreign assignment from his company to Hong Kong (originally to Shanghai), can anyone give me some advice on living in Hong Kong as far as where to live, things to do, and possibly some job opportunities? I will only have a spousal visa so obtaining a job will be difficult, but I can’t imagine not working for the next two years after just getting married a month ago! A lot of people have suggested teaching, more like tutoring, Enligsh, but with English being second language in Hong Kong, I’m not sure if there will be a need for a tutor. I’m excited about this new chapter, but I’m also a little concerned about my own future, especially when we return to the States. Any suggestion or advice will be welcomed!
Post # 3
wow, I have no suggestions, but that sounds like an adventure!
Good luck! hope you figure everything out! I am not much help!
Post # 4
you can try jobsdb.com.hk or classifiedpost.com. There are a lot of postings there. otherwise, teaching english is a good option. There’s quite a demand for that and there’s always a need for native-english speaking teachers.
Post # 5
I lived in Hong Kong for 2 years (Shanghai for about 9 months too) and loved it! You will have a great time!
They recently changed the law, so even though you will enter on a spousal visa, you will be able to apply/get jobs.
I used to work at the American Chamber of Commerce in HK– they are a great resource for jobs/networking. There is also an American Women’s Association– mostly wives who don’t work and don’t want to. It is really easy to make friends, and you will find HK really easy to get around.
The daily paper (the name is slipping my mind!) has great job listings– not the China Daily, but the one for HK.
Since you don’t have kids you will want to live in Central/Mid Levels or near by– most of the expats live there, and there are tons of things to do in the area. But no place on the island is too far, and transportation is amazing (NY doesn’t even compare!)
Again— you will love it! Feel free to email if you have more questions…I have an amazing yoga place if you are into it!
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Post # 6
I am an engineering grad student, and am therefore around a lot of international students (including many from China). Even though they learn English, many doubt their pronounciation (like, there’s no ‘th’ sound in Chinese, so they say z or s). If you happen to end up around any universities, I’m sure there would be people interested in a tutor 🙂
Post # 7
Chantellamus: Thanks! It is a great adventure for us and we’ve always wanted to live abroad, so this is a great opportunity for us.
deen1213: Thank you very much for the job sites. I will definitely look into those sites for potential job opportunities for myself.
missbao: I’m so glad to hear that the laws have changed for expat spouses! The prospect of being a house tai-tai did throw me off a bit, but your response gives me some hope that there will be job opportunities that I can seek in HK. I’ve read that the public/mass transit system in HK is superb, so I’m looking forward to that as well. Thanks for your help and I’ll definitely e-mail you with more questions!
mechiebaby: If all else fails, I guess I can always teach or tutor English on the side. You’re right about the "th" sound, my dad still says "sank you," and my friends think it’s cute.