It’s at this time of year that many people start considering (or in many cases start re-considering) the idea of a move abroad.
A new year brings with it new hopes, a fresh start and the opportunity to do something you’ve been hoping to do for a while. So why not make 2019 the year you finally go for that new life overseas?
Over the final five weeks of 2018 we’ve looked at a select group of the countries we work with, and examined why you should make the move in 2019.
During this we’ve recapped some of the major news stories from 2018, what sort of person would be suited to a move, and what the future could have in store.
In the final installment in the series we’re going to taking a look at China, a global superpower with an exciting future.
What made the news in 2018?
China has always been fairly cautious when publishing health news and so, unlike many Middle Eastern locations, stories only hit the headlines occasionally. Despite that however we still have plenty to round up from a busy year in the country.
This started in April when data from the Lancet showed the scale of China's COPD problem. According to the report almost 100 million Chinese people are now suffering from the condition - a staggering 8.6% of the country’s total population, with the research - which screened the lungs of more than 50,000 participants - considered the most comprehensive ever conducted in the country.
During the same month China's pollution rates were also shown to have dropped - although they remain dangerously high in some industrial parts of the major cities - potentially damaging the health of many generations to come.
As we moved into Summer, new World Health Organisation data showed that China now tops the UAE in terms of healthy life expectancy for the very first time.
We then turned our attention to exclusive features as more and more candidates began to express an interest in working in China. Firstly we looked at five things you should know about Shanghai, before focusing on five things you should experience in the stunning modern metropolis.
Cancer took the headlines in August, with care becoming more affordable thanks to a new partnership between the country's state medical supplier, and pharmaceutical giants.
The year ended with another duo of features. First we took a look at five things you should know about Guangzhou - an increasingly popular location with expats that is often overlooked in favour of cities like Shanghai, before our 'At a Glance' series took a brief look at every aspect of life in the country.
Who is suited to a move?
We'd ideally recommend to people who fit two categories. Firstly, experience is vital. You'll be acting as a leader in the country, training up the next generation of local medics and implementing professional techniques department-wide. Secondly motivation is key. A move to China will be hard work, but the impact you can make (and legacy you can leave) will be a great reward.
If you're looking for a move purely to enhance your finances, or key to wind down, then we'd recommend looking elsewhere.
What does the future hold?
This is where China excels. The future looks extremely exciting. China is home to one of the world's fastest growing economies, and with a rapid transition from an industrial to blue collar economy a move is futureproof. If you're looking for long term stability then few locations can rival the Far East - and especially China.