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10 Cities Around The World With The Most Job Opportunities

10 Cities Around The World With The Most Job Opportunities

Thanks to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) 2014 report on Cities of Opportunity, job seekers have a handy list of some of the best cities to find a job across the world. Using 10 indicators to look at the factors that contribute to a well-balanced city, the study compared 30 different cities and ordered them based on how they rank for the most opportunities. Below, we take a closer look at the top 10.

10. Chicago

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    Today, Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S.–right after New York City and Los Angeles–with a population of 2.7 million people. Even so, PwC has ranked Chicago positively in cost, quality of life, and air quality. It’s situated in the top 10 for ease of doing business. With around 30 Fortune 500 companies based here, it’s no wonder that the job opportunities are high here.

    Job seekers here will flourish best in legal occupations, with an average salary running around $110,060 for this type of work in Chicago, says Bizjournals.com. Other high-paying jobs in the city are those in managerial positions, computer and mathematics, and architecture and engineering.

    9. Sydney

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      Sydney has long held a great reputation for work-life balance, beauty, and friendliness. PwC puts it as number one for sustainability and livability. Sydney is the center of financial, manufacturing, and cultural opportunities in Australia, making it a thriving place for business opportunities.

      8. Hong Kong

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        Hong Kong is among one of the best cities in the world for quality of life. In fact, it has one of the highest life expectancies world-wide. What’s more Hong Kong’s economy is ranked number one for economic freedom. Along with all these perks of living in Hong Kong, it’s rated number two by PwC for ease of doing business.

        7. Stockholm

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          As one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, Stockholm comes with numerous business opportunities. Stockholm is booming with a lively tech industry, with nearly 700 high-tech companies in the area. The city also focuses a lot of attention on sustainability and green technology. What’s more, according to Fortune magazine, Stockholm is one of the best cities for start-ups.

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          6. Paris

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            Paris sits at the top of PwC’s list for Intellectual Capital and Innovation. It’s full of fantastic museums, respected universities, and exceptional libraries to broaden the mind, adding a perk to individuals who choose to do business here. What’s especially great about the city is that it has some of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, says JobsinParis.fr. Individuals in human resources, sales, and finance will find some of the highest salaries here.

            5. San Francisco

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              The thing that makes San Francisco so hot with opportunities is that it is home to some of the world’s largest companies. Plus, several huge companies like Google have outposts here. Those people in managerial positions, legal occupations, healthcare practitioning, and computer and mathematics will enjoy high salaries as reported by BizJournals.com.

              4. Toronto

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                Toronto maintains a high reputation for quality of life, ranking in the top three for safety, health, infrastructure, and security and transportation in PwC’s report. It also sits at number four for ease of doing business. Toronto thrives on distribution, industrial, and financial industries with a huge focus on banking and stocks.

                3. Singapore

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                  This city sits near the top of many lists outlined by PwC. Among these lists, it’s in the top three for transportation and infrastructure, city gateway, and ease of doing business. Singapore’s economy is heavy in electronics, chemicals, and services, and the city is a hub for wealth management, making it a fantastic place for people in a variety of industries. Medical doctors also receive some of the highest salaries here. What’s more, its economy has been ranked as the most open in the world, least corrupt, and most pro-business.

                  2. New York

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                    New York City is thriving with opportunities as the largest city in the United States, with opportunities available in a variety of industries across the board. PwC ranked the Big Apple in the top three for ease of doing business and second for most desired city for relocation. This city features huge business for stock exchanges and finance, but individuals in fashion, publishing, entertainment, technology, and more will find a wealth of opportunities here.

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                    1. London

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                      Sitting at number one for technology readiness, city gateway, and economic clout in PwC’s report, London is one of the hottest cities for job opportunities today. London is home to the most billionaires world-wide, with an economy focused on finance for international businesses. Senior executives, medical doctors, marketing and sales directors, and individuals in legal occupations will find some of the highest-paying jobs here.

                      Image Credits:
                      Chicago via Flickr by Matt Becker
                      Sydney Once Again via Flickr by Clint Sharp
                      A Symphony of Light – Hong Kong via Flickr by Spreg Ben
                      Spring Moon Over Stockholm via Flickr by Tobias Lindman
                      Paris Skyline at Sunset via Flickr by James Whitesmith
                      San Francisco Skyline Lighting via Flickr by Sudheer G
                      Hello Toronto via Flickr by Robert
                      Singapore via Flickr by Mike Behnken
                      New York City via Flickr by Rishad Daroowala
                      Approaching London via Flickr by Trey Ratcliff

                      Featured photo credit: _Davo_ via flickr.com

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                      Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                      Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                      Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

                      Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

                      Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance.

                      Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to choose a career for a more fulfilling life.

                      How to Know if You Need a Career Change?

                      The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

                      You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

                      Physical Signs

                      Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

                      It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

                      In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

                      Mental Signs

                      One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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                      I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

                      Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

                      • The tension in your neck
                      • Difficulties with sleeping
                      • Unable to concentrate
                      • High anxiety
                      • Depression

                      If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

                      Are You Sure You’re Not Changing for the Wrong Reason?

                      Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. Do you really understand your current situation at work?

                      The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization.

                      Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

                      Desire for an Increase of Salary

                      The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time.

                      At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.

                      Overnight Decision

                      Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.

                      Rejected for a Promotion

                      I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.

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                      Bored at Work

                      Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

                      A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

                      • How long have you worked in your career?
                      • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
                      • Do you receive recognition?
                      • Can you consider working in a new department?

                      If after reviewing your work situation and none of the above recommendations can help, then it’s time to make a career change.

                      How a Career Change Will Change Your Life

                      I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

                      One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

                      It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

                      A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

                      You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

                      • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
                      • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
                      • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

                      How to Make a Career Change Successfully

                      The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

                      1. Write a Career Plan

                      A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

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                      You can learn how to set your career plan here.

                      2. Weigh Your Options

                      If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

                      You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job. In the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

                      3. Be Real About the Pros and Cons

                      It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the job market that are impacting the current situation.

                      A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:[3]

                      • Economic factors
                      • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
                      • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
                      • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
                      • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

                        A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

                        4. Find a Mentor or Career Coach

                        A mentor or a career coach that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

                        • What is required to be successful in the role?
                        • What certification or educational development is needed?
                        • What are the challenges of the role?
                        • Is there potential for career advancement?

                        A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

                        Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

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                        5. Research Salary

                        Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

                        It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

                        6. Be Realistic

                        If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

                        For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

                        Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

                        7. Volunteer First

                        A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

                        Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

                        Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

                        8. Prepare Your Career Tools

                        I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

                        • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
                        • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
                        • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.
                        • Cover letter: A good cover writer will always impress your potential employers. Here’s how to write a killer cover letter that stands out from others.

                        Bottom Line

                        It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will find a job and discover the role in a career field that is the best fit with your skillsets.

                        Master these action steps and changing career paths will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
                        [2] MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan
                        [3] Creately: Personal SWOT Analysis to Assess and Improve Yourself

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