Howard is regional director at Michael Page Hong Kong and oversees a number of disciplines including sales, marketing, digital, procurement & supply chain, retail & sourcing, finance, and HR.
Any engineering positions for a fresh graduate?
I have just finished all my subjects for Civil Engineering in Australia, and I wish to work in HK (or anywhere for that fact, inc. China, Taiwan, Singapore etc). The engineering job market here is in a decline and it is hard finding work especially with no experience.
In most cases, a Bachelors degree from Australia is recognized world wide. I can speak Cantonese, basic reading and writing skills in Chinese and plan to improve on them.
Are there many HK engineering companies taking in interns/graduates at this time (start of 2014)?
Howard Chan - Career Doctor
Posted Tuesday 14th January 2014 08:21:00 PM
The Civil Engineering sector in Hong Kong is currently buoyant with plenty of large current and pipeline projects. Hong Kong also acts as the gateway for China projects, so you are looking in the right direction when it comes to seeking opportunities in Asia. Resultantly, there is a shortage of talent in the civil engineering sector and there are certainly opportunities for graduates/interns. There are a few steps that you can take to increase your chances of landing an engineering job in Hong Kong or Asia. First of all, you will need to widen the reach and coverage of your job search. The easiest way to do this would be to set up accounts on professional and career geared social media platforms (if you have not already done so), and to start joining the various engineering groups that are based in the countries that you are interested in working in. You can also try following the pages of engineering companies that are prolific in these countries to see if there are any available opportunities. Many companies tend to use social media as a platform to reach out to potential talent when looking to fill roles and advertise regional job opportunities online. You can also consider looking at any contract roles that are available on the market in Australia (or Asia). Contract roles will allow you the opportunity to work on various projects which will help hone specific skill sets. These skill sets will help place you in good stead for your job search and career in civil engineering over the long term. With the high activity and project stream, companies might take on interns to help cope with projects at non specific times of the year. Concurrently, you can also apply for industry specific courses to enhance your current qualifications and certifications to help enhance your employability and career progression in the future. For a more localised approach, I suggest engaging with recruitment companies in Hong Kong or Asia directly to see if they can offer any guidance and advice for your next career move. Also, you may adopt a proactive approach by writing directly to companies, visiting the career pages of their websites and/or subscribing to job board and social media feeds for possible opportunities. You should also highlight your proficiency in Mandarin to help increase your chances, as companies look for professionals with language proficiencies to address the growing demand in China. While it might seem challenging to find employment in Hong Kong or Asia's civil engineering sector as an Australian graduate, it is not entirely impossible if one is patient and employs the right approach and practices. Candidates who are patient and willing to put in the extra effort will ultimately see it pay off. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Best of luck with your job search!