Greetings from Asia!  I recently had the opportunity to spend a good amount of time in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Cebu and Boracay.  During my time abroad, I visited many of the local Cisco offices and met with my international colleagues to understand the competitive employment landscape overseas.  Although it seems that many of the challenges are the same as the US; the approach to overcome some of these challenges differ.  I found that many individuals struggle with the challenges of finding a job, getting a promotion/raise or transitioning from one job to another.  While these individuals are, or feel, aggressive about their careers; they seemed to be dealing with personal conflict as to how they go about their career advancement.  It would appear to me that often they are spending more time thinking about how they or their strategies are perceived rather than to be spending the time to build connections, seek opportunities and focus on next steps.


Today I find that many Millennials in the US are very vocal about what they want in their job, their management and their work.  If they don’t get what they want, they’re likely to jump ship onto their next job.  Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel the same in Asia where the competitiveness causes some to feel more reason to stay within a particular company.  You might be surprised to learn that some retail sales jobs in stores require degrees to work in.  Despite the competitiveness, I still believe that being prepared and thinking about your career strategically will help you in your future.  With that said, if you're going to compete in any market, it's important to have people in your corner.  Make sure you build the right connections and secondly, believe in yourself.  Your confidence will go a long way.


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Are you working internationally?  What challenges or obstacles do you see in your career?  Would you agree or disagree with my initial findings?


Happy Holidays!!!