Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Where's Waldo? Likely calling a moving company to book a move to China...Need more evidence that it is in your interest to know more about China? See this graphic, graphic...

We can choose to view China as a problem or as an opportunity. The Genie IS out of the bottle and my advice for young people is to seriously look at what you can to do to prepare yourself for a future with a more prosperous China. Can't ignore hundreds of millions of potential new customers for US goods and/or services.

Below is a graphic from moving company data on international corporate moves. If you are in college, or are about to be, then consider mixing in a little instruction in Mandarin.  Spend a semester there.  Regardless of your major, whether it is medical, technical, business, marketing, etc, it will only enhance your marketability.   

Source: WSJ

Movers Pick Up China Business

""The rising numbers of U.S. workers and students moving to China are a bright spot for moving companies like St. Louis-based UniGroup Worldwide, which has seen domestic business decline.

The closely held company, an affiliate of Mayflower Transit and United Van Lines, handles moves for corporate clients that pay to relocate employees. Between 2008 and 2010, the number of moves from the U.S. to China it handled grew nearly 47% to 396. Meanwhile, United Van Lines saw interstate moves in the continental U.S. decline 26% to 146,837 in the same time period.

China was the third-most common international destination for UniGroup, behind the United Kingdom and Germany, according to the company, which handled more than 15,000 moves last year.

In part to handle the growth in Asia, since 2007, UniGroup has purchased offices in China, Hong Kong and Singapore, among other locations, said president Brian Iles.

Ernst & Young, which has about 9,000 employees in China, has hired more than 1,500 in the last year and plans to hire another 2,000 by next July, said Bin Wolfe, people leader for the company's Asia-Pacific region. Although most of those employees will be native Chinese, Ms. Wolfe said in the last couple years, more employees from the U.S. have sought to get experience in emerging markets such as China.

Chinese students studying in the U.S. are also increasingly moving back to their native country upon graduation, she said.

"There is a lot of competition out there. People with strong experiences and bilingual skills are in high demand," she said.""
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