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Relocating to a new country can be daunting, as it's hard to know what to expect. To make things a little easier, below are some answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about expat life in Bengaluru.
Is Bengaluru the high-tech capital it's made out to be?
Yes and no. The contradictions and stark signs of inequality typical of big cities in developing countries, such as high rises alongside slums, do exist in Bengaluru. But the high-tech boom is a real phenomenon, and Bengaluru's economy is largely driven by software companies and innovative start-ups.
What jobs can expats expect in Bengaluru?
Most opportunities are in IT-related industries. Expats often find positions in management, quality assurance, translation and marketing. There's stiff competition from locals in many other fields, and expats should make an effort to learn the ins and outs of doing business in India.
Is a car necessary?
A car is convenient but not strictly necessary. Driving in Bengaluru can be stressful, so many expats try to live close to their jobs to minimise the time spent on the road. This makes it possible to catch carpools, taxis or the metro. Leasing a car is an option, and some expats hire a driver too. For expats with family, schools often have bus services that pick students up.
What are the schools in Bengaluru like?
Many expats choose between several well-respected international schools in Bengaluru. It's a good idea to make finding one a priority before the move, but some expats would rather visit a school in person before making a final decision.