唐人社区-北美华人论坛-外国人在中国版-Non-teaching jobs, STEM.|
Quick search on the forum brings up a lot of threads like this but I noticed one interesting thing - all the threads were started by people with liberal arts or social science degrees, or no degree at all, and a few of the replies made loose comments along the lines of, "Well you're not doing STEM so..."
So now I'm making a 'what are my OPTions?' thread as a STEM student.
I have experience of living in China (studied for a year - CSC), can speak Chinese to a conversant level (not fluent, but I passed HSK4 and gave my speaking/listening a surprisingly satisfying boost after 3 months solo travel in China this summer), and am soon to graduate with a degree in theoretical physics, which gives quite a broad set of options I can consider leaning towards (programming, engineering, energy, geophysics, even finance).
Also, with my degree (which I'll have finished in about 8 months, most likely with a 2:1 classification, or maybe a First if I really go for it), I have the option of rolling it onto a masters afterwards. I'm a mature student (late 20s) so am kind of itching to get back into the adult world again, and am therefore a bit iffy about the masters degree. Would it be better for me to stay on and get the masters as another qualification to bulk my CV out (even though it's mostly to do with research in theoretical physics, so very specific and pointless in the working world even if it sounds fancy to the average punter), or might it just be a waste of a year in which I could be getting work experience?
A friend of mine who runs a recruitment company in China tells me I should be fine, primarily thanks to my language, living and travel experience in the country, which he said is more than most of his applicants can say for themselves as they often have none of that (not even a “你好” !). I told him I'd happily go for an internship just to get myself in the country but his advice was, "Just wait for a full time job, man!" He seemed confident I'd be ok, but this seems to go against the info I've seen here which says I'd most likely need a few years experience in a specific line of work beforehand.
I heard there's been a change in visa rulings lately too.
Anybody have any thoughts, experience or info?