Global Career Update
March 2015 College Edition




This edition of Global Career Update takes on topics the world over including living in Hong Kong, moving to Costa Rica and working in Japan. It also explores preparing H-1B visa petitions and the safest cities in the world.

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April 1, 2015 H-1B Filing Date Approaches

It’s the time of year to start preparing H-1B visa petitions for the 2016 fiscal year lottery. U.S. employers wanting to hire highly skilled foreign workers should have already obtained a certified labor condition application (LCA) and can start submitting petitions on April 1, 2015. In recent years, the number of petitions has been reached and exceeded within five business days of April 1, resulting in a lottery for the 65,000 visas available. Read more 

Teaching International Students

As more and more international students come to the U.S. to attend university, faculty members are encountering them more often in their classes. These students - more likely to be non-native English speakers and students unfamiliar with American classroom norms – can require a different type of teaching. These circumstances have raised issues about moving forward with a global classroom while maintaining quality of education. Read more 

10 Destinations to Visit When You’re a Budget Traveler

With some planning and knowledge of tips and tricks, any destination can be a budget-friendly one. However, some regions and destinations stand out as budget-friendly for one author, and he offers his favorite places for getting value for money. They include Fiji, Central America, Cambodia, China, South Korea, India, Eastern Europe, Portugal, Australia and Thailand. Read more 

20 of the Safest Cities in the World

A recent ranking of the safest cities in the world places Tokyo in the top spot followed by Singapore and Osaka, Japan. Factors used to rank cities include digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety. Stockholm and Amsterdam round out the top five. Read more 

5 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Costa Rica

If your expectations of living in Costa Rica are based on beach holidays, you may be in for a shock. Moving to the country will undoubtedly present numerous challenges as well as benefits. Before you go, be aware of cultural differences, the cost of living, taxation, commuting and issues related to working in Costa Rica. Read more 

International Links Have Vital Role in Times of Global Tension

The year 2014 saw an increase in political and military tension in several parts of the world. It is important to look at how these situations affect international higher education. Higher education has always been impacted by the happenings of the world, and current international cooperation and exchange are not guarantees for peace and mutual understanding. In fact, will the impressive strides in cooperation and exchange be put into jeopardy? Read more 

Japan Mulls New Law to Make Annual Leave Compulsory

In Japan, over-working has led to a series of issues including low birth rates, poor work-life balance and even death. Still, workers are hesitant to use all their annual leave and risk the ire of co-workers. Legislation will be submitted in the current parliamentary session that could make it a legal responsibility of employers to ensure that workers take their vacation days. Read more 

Longer Stays and Relaxed Criteria for Foreign Nationals in Hong Kong

Hong Kong recently announced plans to increase the allowable duration of stay for certain visa holders. Other measures are expected to be implemented in the second quarter of 2015 that will facilitate the stay of foreign nationals with international education and professional experience. Read more 




Vietnam: The Concept of Face

The concept of ‘face’ is an important one to the people of Vietnam. Face is something that reflects a person’s reputation, dignity and prestige. Companies and individuals have face, and it can be lost, saved or given. Because of its importance, strict guidelines are in place to protect a person or group’s face. Read more

Kenya: Office Protocol

Kenya has a relationship-driven culture, and building personal relationships and a network is crucial for success. Co-workers tend to maintain close ties, and if one suffers a hardship, it is a social obligation to band together to help. This is called ‘harambee’, which means ‘let us all pull together’ in Swahili. Read more

Employment Trends: Tokyo and Shanghai

Two of Asia’s biggest cities see economic growth and jobs increases in their futures, according to Mary Anne Thompson, President and Founder of GoinGlobal. Read more