Finally. Result! I have been extended an offer. Verbally and in writing. There was, of course, the usual incongruity between expectations and reality. My expectations were pretty much that I would get the same pay/leave/benefits as I had before. The reality is that I won’t.
Firstly, Hong Kong ‘standard’ leave is fewer days than anywhere in Europe, which means that I need to take unpaid leave to make up the difference. Salary wise, after tax (and at the current poor exchange rate) it is almost like for like. There is no premium for having invested a year of time and money into developing myself, but the career opportunities and prospects are very good. The MA programme also means that I have bi-annual reviews instead of annual reviews which is also meant to speed up one’s progression through the ranks.
The biggest change (and challenge) for me is that I am moving to a different industry as well as a different function, which means that I could not expect EXACTLY what I had before.
Now, the waiting game begins. I have submitted all my documents to HR and immigration and now I have to wait and see what happens! Hold thumbs – I know I am.