The best countries in Asia to work in and how to do it without a degree

Use this guide to see the fantastic job opportunities available in Asia, how travel can fit in with your work life and the top countries we recommend working in.

Use the contents to navigate through this guide:

  1. Can I work in Asia without a degree?
  2. Five reasons why you should get work experience in Asia…
  3. 5 amazing job opportunities in Asia
  4. How long can I work in Asia?
  5. Work and travel in Asia – how do I balance the two?
  6. What is the best country to work in when in Asia?
  7. The five destinations we offer in China…
  8. Five reasons you should work in South-East Asia – why you’ll love living there…


Can I work in Asia without a degree?

Yes, there are fantastic work opportunities in Asia for those who don’t have a degree. Whether you are in the process of obtaining a degree or you simply don’t go to university, there are so many opportunities to explore.

Internships in Asia are incredibly rewarding for those with or without this qualification. You will learn so many academic and practical skills and gain a wealth of vital work experience.

Our interns vary from graduates to students and non-students, so your current position on the educational ladder won’t hold you back.


Five reasons why you should get work experience in Asia…

The range of opportunities

I’m sure you’ve read in the news about Asia’s rapid economic growth in recent years, especially in China. Businesses are growing, industries are growing and there is certainly no shortage of amazing job opportunities. No matter what type of work you’re looking for, the choice and range of options is expanding by the second!

Scenery and settings that will take your breath away

Of course Asia is a huge continent, and it depends which part you visit, but it has so many destinations that leave us in awe of their sheer beauty. Diverse rainforests, some of the world’s most spectacular beaches, secret caves, stunning landscapes… Asia’s natural beauty is staggering!

A truly fascinating culture

Asia’s diverse culture and rich history is something you will never tire of, no matter how many times you visit. Experiencing a new culture is an opportunity you should always grab with both hands. Rest assured, immersing yourself in different values and a different way of life will reward you and enrich you.

Learn a new language

Speaking the native tongue is not a requirement for our internships, but you will have the opportunity for language classes during your stay. And what a benefit it would be to be able to communicate with local people, both in the workplace and in your leisure time. Wherever the future takes you, that extra string to your bow will always be there, serving you well and giving you an advantage over others in this age of working with and dealing with people on a worldwide basis.

Building a global network

One of the greatest perks of working in Asia is the opportunity to build your global network. You will form so many new relationships during your internship and you’ll leave with a network of contacts who will have a wide range of skills.

Of course, there are many more reasons to work in Asia, but these are the five that top the list, in our opinion. Keep reading to find five amazing job opportunities in Asia that you can apply for…


5 amazing job opportunities in Asia

Hospitality – meeting new people everyday

Working in hospitality can give you an insight into the luxurious side of Asia. We have lots of opportunities to work in 5-star hotels, where you will work as a team member, aiming to deliver exceptional customer service.

This can be an immensely rewarding job and is ideal for those who are skilled in problem solving. You will meet people from all over the world and hear some interesting stories!


Fantastic football coaching positions

For many, this is a dream internship. It is fun and exciting and packed with possibilities, as you look to nurture young talent with your coaching expertise. You can count on a receptive audience, hanging on your every word, in a part of the world where football has taken off in a big way.

Or, if football isn’t your thing, we have plenty of other sports internships available.


The best jobs in Engineering

An internship in engineering is the perfect way to acquire hands-on experience of a career that’s as popular as ever, rather than just dealing in analysis and creating theories. It is also a great way to get a feel for the area of expertise you want specialise in and explore all the different aspects of engineering.


Legal and law opportunities – essential experience for your career

If you are studying law, an internship in Asia is an exciting way to gain experience, acquaint yourself with the intricacies of a challenging line of work and increase your knowledge of what it entails. It will look great on your CV, introduce you to the professional world of work, allow you to put your skills into practice and give you an idea of which area of law you’d like to specialise in as you launch your career.


Sales internships – gain some exciting experience

An internship in sales will give you the chance to hone a wide range of skills that can, if required, be applied to plenty of other careers. There can be no better way of building a solid foundation for a worthwhile career than gaining first-hand experience of a professional environment, learning to work with others and meeting targets.

Working in sales is exciting, and there are so many different fields to choose from.


And there’s more…

This is just a small selection of the many internships we have on offering Asia. To view our full range, take a look at our internship positions page.

Not only is there a wide variety of jobs available, there is also flexibility for the length of your stay. Keep reading to find out how long you can work in Asia for…


How long can I work in Asia?

Our internships can range from one month to 12 months. We have recently introduced our full year placements for those looking for more work experience in Asia.

It is up to you how long you want your internship to last. If you are a student looking for an enriching experience for summer, our three-month programs may be the best option. If you’re not in education and looking for a slightly longer course, our six-month internships might be more suitable.

The length of your stay will determine what kind of visa you need. We will guide you through the visa process – all our intern programs come with support throughout the application.

Whatever time frame you choose for your internship, there are plenty of opportunities to fully explore the country you are based in and create memories that will last a lifetime. Keep reading to see the adventures you could have on your internship…


Work and travel in Asia – how do I balance the two?

Although you will most likely be situated in one place for your program, this doesn’t limit your ability to explore the country you’ll be living in.

There will be plenty of time outside work hours to explore your local city, and we will organise exciting weekend trips for you and other interns. Take a look at our InternChina Weekend Trip to Guangzhou.

We encourage all our interns to find the right balance between work and travel when in Asia, as there is so much to explore. We are there to help you find the best places to visit and make sure you discover the hidden gems of Asia.

No matter the destination, there will never be a shortage of adventures. Keep reading to find out the destinations you could be living in…


What is the best country to work in when in Asia?

There are so many ways an internship in Asia will change your life forever. We love to see our interns gain confidence, new skills, knowledge, friendships and a long list of rewarding benefits!

When we choose destinations for our programs, we look for the places where our interns will gain the most. Here are the best places to work in Asia (in our opinion)…


The five destinations we offer in China…

With hundreds of cities across China, it can be an almost impossible task figuring out which to visit. We’ve made it much easier for you by selecting our favourite five:

  1. Dalian – A modern port city that’s located at the southern tip of China’s Liaoning Province. The city is full of greenery with plenty of forest parks, green squares and lush lawns.
  2. Qingdao – A port city located in in China’s eastern Shandong province. It is known for its staggering skyscrapers, refreshing beer, numerous parks and beautiful beaches.
  3. Taipei – Located in the Republic of China, Taipei is the capital of Taiwan. Lonely planet describes it thus: ‘Taipei is a tough little city whose beauty lies in its blend of Chinese culture with a curious fusion of Japanese, South-East Asian and American influences.’
  4. Zhuhai – A modern city in China’s southern Guangdong province. The city is known for its islands off the Pearl River Delta, theme parks, golf resorts, beautiful long coast line and waving palm trees.
  5. Chengdu – The capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province. Described as the perfect ‘starter city’ before exploring China, it is known for business, industry and education.


Five reasons you should work in South-East Asia – why you’ll love living there…

Ho Chi Minh City is a beautiful destination in Vietnam, South-East Asia. Also known by its former name, Saigon, it is the city with the largest population in Vietnam.

Famous for its phở and pork rolls, it’s a destination we just knew had to be included in our internship program. Here are five reasons why you’ll love working in Ho Chi Minh City:

  1. Food – Yes, it’s known for its classic delicious dishes, but it also has some wild options for the more adventurous… deep fried snake anyone?
  2. Local markets – The city is full of markets that are a must-visit for any shopping enthusiast. From war memorabilia and local garments, to handmade artwork, branded labels and much more.
  3. Bonsai River Cruise – Cruising along the Saigon River in the evening whilst enjoying the bright night lights of the busy city is a truly unforgettable experience.
  4. Nightlife – For those who enjoy socialising well into the evening, there is plenty of choice in Ho Chi Minh City. From dazzling roof top bars and local watering holes, to jazz clubs and night clubs that stay open until 4am, and so much more.
  5. Fresh beer – Many people don’t realise the importance of fresh beer and how much it can impact the taste. It happens to be a speciality in this city and is available on pretty much every street corner. It is free of preservatives and very inexpensive.


Apply today to discover the fantastic work opportunities in Asia for you

Apply for an Internship in Asia today to find the life changing opportunities we have for you. Enter a few details on our application form and we will be in touch to discuss what exactly you’re looking for and how we can accommodate it.

Or, if you have a couple of questions first, head over to our FAQ page.