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Expat Advice: Working in Ipoh, Malaysia

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Ipoh

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Semi-conductor manufacturing are the most an biggest. Commonly there is a wide range of industrialization.

What type of work do you do and how did you find your job?

Managing of an automovie supplier company. My headquarters sent me over.

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How did you obtain your work permit? What advice would you have for others about work permits?

Through a local contract and a assignment in a key position.

Have you taken language and cross-cultural training courses to prepare for your assignment? If so, how have they helped you on the job?

No, I haven't. It was more on a trial-and-error or learning-by-doing basis.

If you were transferred abroad by your employer, were you guaranteed a job upon repatriation? What type of mentoring programs does your employer offer?

Yes, it is guaranteed, but there is no mentoring program.

What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?

It depends to which country you want to go, finding expatriate jobs in Malaysia is quite difficult. Connections are quite helpful!

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