Career Advice Career Doctor

Forced to rethink a career change


Hi Doc

Could you please write me a prescription for my Hong Kong Blues? I WAS a steady Advertising  copywriter(English)for 7 years back in India before I made the daft decision to move to Hong Kong. I was prepared to start from scratch and yes I did...washing dishes on Hollywood Road for a while for which I never got paid. I then worked for a telecommunications company which was nice except that I never got to talk to any of my colleagues throughout my tenure there simply because I could not speak the local language. Who ever said that Hong Kong is an International city must certainly be dreaming. I now work in Marketing in a company that's trying to get rid of non-Chinese speakers which is why I worry. I have a wife and a Kid to support and it's heart-breaking to experience Hong Kong this way. I have a clear, concise cv but most jobs advertised require that we speak Cantonese or Mandarin. I am finding it really hard to find anything of substance. I'm 33 years old and really need some advice on the Advertising industry or Radio or creative, fun jobs. Any help, suggestions or advice would be much appreciated. If anyone's read this, I sincerely Thank you for your time! I've  not given up...I just need a shove in the right direction. Thanks a bunch!