The second largest city in Myanmar is also home to one of the largest Chinese populations in the country (mostly from Yunnan). As a result of the influx of Chinese immigrants, Mandalay does a lot of commerce with China and has a diverse ethnic makeup. Situated in northern, central Myanmar, Mandalay is a major trading and communications centre. A large portion of the Myanmar international trade between India and China goes through the city. Which means there are going to be plenty of job vacancies in Mandalay.
They city is home to both modern and traditional industries. Some of the largest traditional industries in the city are: silk weaving, tapestry, jade cutting and polishing, manufacture of matches, and brewing and distilling. If you’re a skilled worker in any of these traditional industries, you’ll find plenty of job opportunities in Mandalay. Looking further out to the Mandalay region, agriculture is the primary economy for locals.
An industry that is on the rise in both Mandalay and the wider Mandalay region is tourism. If you specialize in tourism and all industries related to tourism, you’ll be able to find plenty of careers in Mandalay. The reason for the increase in tourism to the region is partially thanks to the Military government’s cessation and the many historical sites that travellers want to see. The city also has an industrial zone, which is home to over 1,100 factories. Most of the factories in this sector are involved with the production of agriculture or heavy machinery products. Mandalay is currently experiencing a skills shortage, which means there should be plenty of jobs in Mandalay, however the city’s economic future might suffer if this shortage is not filled.
Important information about the city
Mandalay is the second-largest city of Myanmar, it was also the last royal capital of the country.
As with most (past and present) capitals of Myanmar, Mandalay was founded on the wishes of the ruler at the time. The city was founded in 1857 by King Mindon at the foot of the Mandalay Hill. Which, as the story suggests was to fulfill a prophecy about the founding of a metropolis of Buddhism in that exact spot on the 2,400th jubilee of Buddhism. Some of the main sites of historical importance in the area are: Mandalay, Amarapura, Bagan, Pyin U Lwin, Mount Popa, and Ava.
The city is very accessible to both international and domestic travellers as it is home to Mandalay International Airport, which is one of the largest and most modern airports in Myanmar. Even though the city has a great airport, it is 45km away from the city centre. Getting to the airport is relatively cheap, just $5 USD from central Mandalay on a collective minibus. The city caters quite well to automobiles (even though cars are quite rare in the country), the main reason for this is because Mandalay is literally at the centre of Myanmar’s highway and road network. The roads in Mandalay go north to upper Myanmar and China, to the Western part of the country and India, as well as south to lower Myanmar via the Yangon-Mandalay expressway. Residents usually travel via bicycle, motorcycles or buses. both public and private bus companies service the city.
After Yangon, Mandalay has the best educational facilities in the country. The city offers Upper Myanmar’s best institutions of higher education. The University of Medicine, Mandalay, University of Dental Medicine and Mandalay Technological University are among the nation’s most selective. The general state of healthcare in Myanmar is not the best in the world. However, the city has over 1000 doctors and over 2000 nurses servicing the Mandalay region. Despite the lack of up-to-date facilities and beds, Mandalay remains the main medical centre for upper Myanmar as almost all public and private hospitals are in Mandalay.
Jobs you can expect to find in Mandalay
The city is a hot tourist destination which means there has been a rise in the number of job opportunities in Mandalay working in hotels. Meaning if you want to work in hospitality, front of house, back of house or really anything to do with a hotel, you’ll find plenty of vacancies. The city has also experienced an upswing in demand for people with experience working in telecommunication services, including QHSE officers, document controllers and project admins. If you’re a skilled worker and are qualified, Mandalay might have something to offer you, especially if you’re specialty is in Engineering. With jobs ranging from a technical engineer, to a site engineer. Some careers in Mandalay don’t require their applicants to hold University degrees, you can find work in sales in the city as well.
If you’re looking for your next big move in Myanmar, you should do yourself a favour and consider Mandalay as your destination of choice. If you’re already in Mandalay and are still looking for your dream job, or just a change, why not give Work.com.mm a try and see what opportunities are available to you.
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