We all want a global career. Study in an Ivy league university, whether it is in your home country or abroad. And once we complete our university degree, we all aspire to get a high-flying job in a country that treats you well. Thanks to the good folks at HSBC – who conduct Expat Explorer Survey yearly – to bring us the report about the best places to live and work.
HSBC conducted the Expat Explorer Survey to evaluate what are the benefits of having an international career. According to this new research about expatriate employment, Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden are the best destinations for students looking to have a successful career abroad.
Europe is judged to be the best region overall, even though expat earnings and benefits are below the survey average. More than half the expats working in Europe say that the work culture is an improvement compared with their home country.
Students, in particular, report improved opportunities, job prospects, job security and work culture when comparing employment abroad with work in their home countries.
More than 60 per cent say that their job prospects will improve when they return home.
About two-thirds of expatriates in Hong Kong and Singapore say that the country is a good place to advance their careers – well above the worldwide average of 43 per cent. Across Asia, expats report that their work is more fulfilling since they moved countries.
The research is particularly useful for international students who are already mobile and willing to relocate for better opportunities.
Dean Blackburn, head of HSBC Expat, says: “Some expats are looking for an accelerated route to the top of the career ladder, some want to put themselves on a firmer financial footing, while others want to improve their work-life balance. There is an ideal destination to achieve one or more of these goals.”
The Top 10 destinations are:
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom