There is little doubt that the contemporary business world is global, with cross-border trading, international deals and major international companies leaving footprints in some of the fastest growing cities in the world.
In the developing world, increasingly prosperous consumers, many of whom reside in Asia, are providing new growth markets for global corporations at a time when much of the developed world faces slower growth and ageing populations.
Corporations are making their business international, and global professionals are likewise looking for greater mobility and increased international exposure.
Unsurprisingly, Asia continues to offer some of the most dynamic business opportunities for individuals and companies. Cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai remain top hubs for professional services, consumer goods, cutting-edge technology and more.
Business continues to grow in Asia and there is demand for international talent. Chinese language skills (both Cantonese and Mandarin) and cultural astuteness are crucial, making Chinese professionals that are returning from international markets among the most valuable talent in the region.
But what about young talent in Asia who are looking to broaden their international business experience? There seems to be less emphasis on opportunities for relocation and secondment outside of the region.
In this extremely competitive market, employers who offer global mobility for their employees – even in the interview process – will position themselves as a clear differentiator.
Written by: Katharine de Vaal, Manager for Strategy and Transformation