The following is an excerpt from Kate Mayberry | May 9, 2017 | BBC.com |
After two years teaching English on the island of Taiwan, Alan McIvor was ready to start a new career.
He’d moved to Asia because a dearth of jobs in Britain and had fallen into teaching English. But, he wanted more out of his work life.
So, the 32-year-old Scot set off for Shanghai, China’s commercial capital, where he found a job at a locally-owned recruitment company. McIvor considered Singapore and Hong Kong, but picked Shanghai because of its fast economic growth – he also spoke some Mandarin.
Within a few weeks, he was sitting in on meetings with the CEO and the owner, says McIvor, who was the only foreigner among the company’s 180 employees. “I was given a lot of responsibility quite early on and these were new skills for me. I had no experience in headhunting or even in business.”
McIvor relished the steep learning curve, but after two years in Shanghai he was ready to return to Taiwan. This time, he found the transition far easier.
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