I dream of southern Asia. What specialist opportunities will likely emerge from this region, next 15 years

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Southern Asia, a vast beautiful land rich in many different vivid cultures, fascinating foods and prices that are kind to your bank balance, all of which mean it is often an ideal holiday destination. But what about those who want more than just a holiday from Southern Asia? What about those who dream of building a life and a future there? What careers, and specialist opportunities will be available over the next 15 or so years? What follows is a brief look at the opportunities and careers that are likely to emerge in the coming years in countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, Brunei, and Singapore, known collectively as ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

The countries that make up Southern Asia represent one of the world’s fastest-growing economic regions, and are growing in so many ways – confidence in their nations, opportunities for partnership, and new trade and foreign investment opportunities. These new business links will mostly benefit the computer-science, engineering and business sectors, and as such these areas are where the most jobs will be created. For young people with an interest and talents in one of these areas, there will certainly be a lot of opportunities to access this newly-developing market as there is currently a big problem with lack of suitable talent in Southern Asia. Due to its location in the heart of the Asia-Pacific region and the fact that it is situated across major trade routes where approximately $5.3 trillion of global trade passes through its waterways each year, ASEAN is is increasingly becoming a destination for investment. The convenient location and continued growth means that there are frequently all manner of employment prospects for graduates.

Most of these opportunities will be highly specialized digital jobs, meaning jobs which are found within the IT or digital industries. Good examples of these types of digital jobs include computer programmer, mobile app developer, or graphic designer, basically any job where information and communication technologies are the most important tools required to perform the job. As we know, technology is constantly changing, and because of that so too are these digital jobs, and the need for people who are equipped to deal with this is extremely vast. The lack of talent that was previously mentioned means that there will be a huge amount of these roles that will need to be filled by workers from around the world, workers that do have the required skills and the required qualifications.

What is being called the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ by finance experts is expected to alter the way we all live, work, and relate to one another, and most of this change is predicted to take place in Southern Asia. The technologies that are expected to come on in leaps and bounds as a result of this include artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing. This means there will be plenty of opportunities for work in these fields throughout Southern Asia for bright and ambitious young people looking to build their careers and their lives in a new area of the world, and there will be a massive need for the talent as many of the countries in Southern Asia simply just do not have the right people for the jobs.

So, there you have it, it’s safe to say that over the next 15 or so years there are going to be a lot of specialist opportunities coming out of Southern Asia. Wherever your passion lies, whether it’s artificial intelligence or quantum computing that piques your interest, there is bound to be something out there for you. All you need? As long as you are adequately qualified, and have the desire to start a career in a fast-paced, constantly changing country then you will love the opportunities that are available to you in Southern Asia.

written by Daisy Mae on Sept 26th 2017

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