This post was originally published a few years ago – but the advice from our Chinese graduates is still good if you’re thinking about your return to China:
Seven million new graduates will enter the job market in China this year. If you are a Chinese student at York you might already be thinking about the move back home at the end of your course – and considering how you can make the move from education into employment successfully.
Through our Graduate Profiles database we have collected some interesting insights from former Chinese graduates who have already successfully returned home to find work. Here’s what they say:
We’ve had a busy few weeks in Careers and Placements running our careers fairs, and responding to a wide variety of questions.
One thing has stood out – some of you are feeling slightly panicked at the thought of grad scheme applications, and worried about missing out on the opportunities on offer right now or being left behind in the task of securing a graduate position.
If you are interested in a graduate scheme, a placement or internship with one of the major recruiters, now is the time to be doing your research and making applications. The recruitment process for many large organisations has started, and the earlier you apply the better, for what is often a long recruitment process that runs right through into Spring before job offers are made. We have lots of help and support available check our website or come and have a talk to find out how we can help.
If you are a recent graduate we will be contacting you very soon to find out what you are doing. Here’s why.
Every year we contact graduates six months after graduation as part of a national survey to find out what you are doing after leaving York. We are required to carry out this survey – the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) – annually.
How does it work?
It’s all really quick and straightforward.
You will receive an email from us in November with a request to complete an online survey to tell us what you will be doing (for work or further study) on a specific date. Because we are required to carry out this survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), if we don’t receive your completed survey online we will follow up and contact you by phone.
Read more about how the collection process works. It really helps to speed up the process if you can complete the online survey.
What do you do with my information?
Firstly and most importantly the information is never published in a way that makes it possible to identify any individual. We may use it to illustrate in general terms what our graduates go on to do, which sectors they work in, salaries etc. It can be helpful to current and prospective York students to understand what a degree from York can lead to when they are considering a choice of University and course.
Nationally, information is used by HESA to produce statistics, to understand what is happening in the national graduate labour market and to contribute data to league tables.
We really appreciate your time in helping us collect this information.
I’m happy to help – but can you still help me with my career plans?
Yes of course! You can continue to use our services for as long as you need to after graduation. Our web pages for alumni show you how you can access our services as a graduate.
Don’t forget our online event for international students tomorrow between 11am and 1.00pm.
If you have any careers or immigration questions about your options for working in the UK for up to 12 months at the end of your degree
, you can contact us online during our live Q&A chat on Tuesday 6 June
from 11.00am – 1.00pm.
You can ask questions about working on your Tier 4 visa immediately after your degree, or about the Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa.
The event will be hosted by Mandy Simmons from Careers and Placements and Mo Onyett from the Immigration Advice Service and is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Join us online any time during the session and post a question about anything you are not sure about.
Drop into our chat using the Careers Q&A link between 11.00 and 13.00. (NB you need to be logged out of the VLE in order to access the chat via this link.)
We will run a similar session in Week 10 focusing on longer term work on longer term options under the Tier 2 visa – hope you can join us for that too.
Our Working in Research event on Thursday night is your chance to meet professionals working in a research role in a range of different sectors – and this includes a number of graduates from York. We hope you have a great evening!
Did you know we have another great way to connect with York graduates? Our York Profiles and Mentors platform allows you to read about the experiences of life after York for hundreds of our graduates – and connect with them remotely. Some have a research background:
But we have profiles from a broad range of contributors and they cover most job sectors so you are sure to find someone of interest.
And as well as reading about their career stories since they left York, you can ask quick questions through the system. We have also developed a simple, quick-to-use mentor request form so you can get in touch and connect with graduates who have volunteered to give something back to York through supporting proactive students like you.
Check out the York Profiles and Mentors platform now.
For Spring term we are piloting a new way for you to get help from us – an online Careers Q&A on the topics we get asked about most. The sessions will run on alternate Tuesdays between 11.00am and 1.00pm – you can find a full list of dates and topics below.
First up (Tuesday 17 January, Week 2) is a session on the York Award (2017) for those graduating this summer. It will be hosted by Jo Gee our York Award Officer and Irena Zientek our Information Manager. Between them they know everything there is to know about the York Award and will be able to answer any question you have to make sure you can submit a strong application before the 27 January application deadline.
How to take part
Just find the session on our events page or in Careers Gateway and follow the instructions to log into the platform. Usually you can “drop in” any time during the 2 hour session to ask any questions you have on the topic of the week.
List of topics
I’ve not even started thinking about what I want to do next – are you still able to help?
Don’t worry – we can still help. Very soon, the Careers Consultant who looks after your department will be emailing you directly to check what we can do to help you plan for your future. Look out for that email and get in touch to tell us how we can help you further. You might also find the Get Ideas section of our website useful or you can just call into Careers between 11.00am and 1.00pm each weekday (except Tuesday) to talk to us about your first steps.
Haven’t I missed the deadlines for all the graduate schemes by now?
You may have missed some opportunities, but there will be many more coming up. Many graduate recruiters continue to recruit throughout the year and many employers will not be advertising jobs until later in the year, as and when positions become available. Check out our Job Hunting Toolkit to understand more about the time frames for graduate recruitment. And remember – graduate schemes are only one part of the overall graduate recruitment picture.