Hi, I am a Korean American currently living in America but I want to move out for personal reasons. I would like to move to Taiwan, Japan or China (maybe Korea and Singapore also), but I have just started studying Japanese and Mandarin, so I'd probably have to spend 1-2 years in a language intensive program before I become fluent in either of them (and my Korean is at an elementary level).
I'm not really sure what kind of career I want to have, but I am looking into becoming an actuary, software engineer, or materials engineer(my BS degree is in Physics). I am currently a grad student in Physics but have another year to go to get my MS and I don't enjoy my grad program, I'd really like to drop out asap. But if its much easier to find a job overseas with a MS, then I'd be willing to suck it up and stay for another year.
If I wanted to get a technical job in Taiwan, I am better off trying to obtain a rare skill that most Taiwanese people wouldn't have, so that employers have a reason to hire me over the locals, right? Or if I wanted to work as a materials engineer, then would having an MS be impressive enough so I stand out over the locals? Would improving my Mandarin really help my job prospects? Or is it easier for someone like me who doesn't speak the language to get a job in Japan or China instead of Taiwan?