Jobs for a Girl Fluent in Chinese

by Heather

My name is Heather Johnson and I am an American currently living in Beijing, China. I really would like to re-locate to Australia but I'm not sure if I'll be able to find a job.

I have considerable background in public relations and marketing, and am fluent in Chinese. Do you think I'll be able to find job opportunities in Sydney, Australia?



Thanks for visiting our website and for your question.

China is an important trading partner for Australia and with its economy developing at an accelerated pace, I assume a number of Australian businesses might be interested in employing people who can speak the language and have had exposure to the working environment within Asia.

To see if and which are such businesses, browse career websites that advertise job opportunities in Australia.

Here are some of them:





For example I did a search on, inserted marketing and Chinese language as keywords and found 2 jobs in Sydney and 1 in Melbourne where knowledge of the language is desirable and experience having worked in China is an asset.

To be able to live and work in Australia you need to have a valid visa. To kick start your
research and get your head around the main topics, you can browse our emigrate to Australia section. For the details, latest updates and to see which options are available to you, visit the Department of Immigration website

You will find there extensive information about the General Skilled Migration visa. For example if you are applying as a skilled person, you should nominate the occupation which best describes your work experience and qualifications. This occupation must be on the skilled occupation lists, which you can download:

I had a quick look on the lists but I don't think marketing is on schedule 1. Have a look on schedule 2, however you can use schedule 2 only if you are nominated by a state or territory government.

Here is where you can find more information about this nomination:

You'll find there links to the websites of all state governments. Visit those websites and see what specific requirements they have and which occupations are in demand in each state or territory.

If you see something that appeals to you, find out how to contact them to get more information on how to proceed.

I hope these tips can help you a bit.

All the best with your endeavours.

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