10 Tips for Working in Shenzhen

Are you interested in working in China? If so, you may want to consider a “little” place called Shenzhen, just over the border from Hong Kong. While these days it may be getting harder for foreigners to find jobs in China overall, I personally feel there are still many opportunities for those willing to put in the time and try their hand (and heart) at a new adventure. Shenzhen, as the tech capital of China, is one such place where I believe opportunities can still be had.

And after working in Shenzhen for the past five years, primarily for and with Chinese organizations, I feel I’m pretty up to speed on not just what’s needed to get a job in China, but to succeed and prosper in Shenzhen, China’s tech capital. Take a look at the below video to find out the following, among other useful tips:

  1. Do you need to know Chinese to work in Shenzhen?
  2. What type of talent are Chinese companies looking for?
  3. What do you need to do to get a job in Shenzhen?
  4. What is Shenzhen like as a place to live and work?

If you have any additional questions about living or working in Shenzhen, be sure to let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Do you have any additional questions about finding a job in China, whether in Shenzhen or elsewhere? Do you have any experience looking for a job in China that you’s like to share?  Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section. You can also send a message directly to the author on social media.

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Published by Sean Upton-McLaughlin

Sean is a business and communications professional based out of Shenzhen, China. He has worked for Chinese companies for the majority of his career, including well-known smartphone and technology firms. Through his mastery of the Chinese language and culture, as well as his empathy and understanding towards the Chinese point of view, he advises Chinese companies on successfully going global.

3 thoughts on “10 Tips for Working in Shenzhen

  1. You are based in Shenzhen and your blog is Shenzhen or tech focused; however, in reality, there are no more opportunities in Shenzhen for foreigners than other places. I could speak about benefits and opportunities in other areas of China and provide evidence about such but that does not make them more attractive or better, necessarily.


    1. Hi there, the purpose of the video is not to claim there are more jobs in Shenzhen than other locations, rather to provide tips on finding a job specifically in Shenzhen. There are certain aspects of the city that make finding a job here different than in other cities.


  2. Interesting comments, Sean, and greetings from the Neihu District (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neihu_District ) in Taipei, Taiwan. I suspect that your comments apply equally to job-seekers on this side of the Straits. It would be interesting to hear comments from any expats working in venues here such as the Neihu Technology Park, etc. (https://foreigner.ntpc.gov.tw/home.jsp?id=56de9066ec3d1da5 ). I’m a bit removed from that world, as the lion’s share of my professional training and experience has to do with teaching and languages. Let me segue into a language & teaching-related question or two for you or anybody, though: any thoughts on how to land either contract work teaching English/Business English in-house or as a contractor? Those opportunities exist here, although I’ve been unsure as to how to crack that nut in Neihu or elsewhere in Taipei. In your experience, do those opportunities exist in your neck of the woods as well?Thanks, Dan Villarreal–PS: You are spot-on about the requirements-slash-need to learn Chinese. I only study once weekly, one-on-one, no homework/no tests, due to my busy work schedule & my Mandarin is conversational. I get by OK. On the other hand, I’ve met expats who’ve lived here for decades who know less Mandarin than does my coffee cup! I don’t know how they manage.


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