Non-native mandarin speaker in HK with no work experience. Am I screwed?
Title sums it up. More details about me:
I did my undergrad at a UK non-target (got perfect GPA and prizes for my performance there). Currently doing a 1-year Masters in Finance at a HK Target (CUHK/HKU/HKUST).
I have no real work experience and have been applying for internships/graduate programs and realised that a vast majority of the opportunities available in HK require native level Mandarin. Those that do not require Mandarin usually state that it is highly preferred. I mean, that was expected but it represents a larger percentage than I initially thought. My mother tongue is one of the major European languages (excluding English) but I can actually speak/write/read mandarin at an intermediate/advanced level (I guess you could call me an EBC European-born Chinese).
I am getting rejections or no replies at all from the companies I have applied for. Not sure if that's due to my lack of experience or language skills, probably both. I am now running out of places to apply for in HK and I'm not sure what I can do in my situation.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!