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How To Break Into A Career In Asia

Nanyang, CEIBS and SAIF want to place their MBAs in this year's top Asian firms!

Fri May 31 2013

It’s no secret that Asian economies are big, powerful and will play key roles in the coming decades. With over half the world’s population, Asia is the fastest-growing region in the world and offers the most job opportunities. Despite the number of opportunities, it can be hard for outsiders to break in to careers in countries like China (which has the region’s largest economy) often because of cultural or language barriers.

But highly-ranked b-schools like CEIBS, Nanyang and SAIF are working with their international and native students to place them into the best suited careers in Asia!

Nanyang MBAs, through the Nanyang MBA Career Development Office, have gone on to work at top firms in Asia such as Oliver Wyman, HP, Unilever, Credit Suisse, Seagate and Deutsche Bank just to name a few. CEIBS MBA graduates have taken full advantage of the “China edge” and have landed at employers like Boston Consulting Group of Greater China and Shanghai Jahwa United Co. Keep an eye on these competitive firms (that recruit internationally) in order to break into a career in Asia!

George Jiang, a US national and SAIF graduate, was able to break into the Shanghai job market, which has a very high rate of international and expat employees. Jiang recommended that MBAs keep an eye on fast-growing, innovative firms in Asia this year, like Alibaba (which, according to Reuters, is valued to be worth at least $100 billion!).

“Alibaba really has no peer or equivalent; I don't think Google and eBay combined can even cut it,” Jiang said.

Alibaba has become increasingly dominant in online shopping, payments and financing, Jiang said, and its value will only continue to grow. While, in Jiang’s words, it is “already the king of B2B and B2C internet sales,” Alibaba is now also acting as a bank of sorts, providing loans to its vendors.

“It also would not be hard envisioning a very near future when Alibaba also serves as a platform for individual lenders and borrowers to come together and lend to or borrow funds directly with each other, thereby cutting out the middlemen: traditional banks,” Jiang said.

In addition to Alibaba, also keep an eye on Sina’s Weibo in 2013 (which has well over 500 million registered users). Last month, Alibaba purchased part of Sina’s Weibo platform and the two platforms will continue to sell to their combined audiences.

Asian b-schools like SAIF, CEIBS and Nanyang and their career placement staffs are keeping tabs on large firms like mentioned above so that their MBAs will find fulfilling careers at 2013’s “big” players in Asia.