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Relocating to Hong Kong


Dear Doctors,

I have been pondering about relocation to Hong Kong for quite some time and sheer luck led me to this site. I've read some of the posts and found your responses to be quite insightful and informative. Hopefully you can help me too.

I am a graduate from a local university in Canada and just finished writing the CFA level III exam in June. I have 18 months experience in retail banking and 18 months in asset management as an analyst for a small wealth management company.

I understand the job market in Hong Kong is fierce and quite competitive, with many young-lings like myself wanting to venture into the Hong Kong Financial market. My main objective is to get into an analyst role in asset management or a junior corporate finance role.

My questions are:
1) Are those objectives reasonable given my credentials? If not, what are the steps to take?
2) Am I at a disadvantage to locals?
3) Do I have to step foot in Hong Kong to have a chance at interviews and offers? (I am in Canada at the moment)

Thank you.