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:
Guest blog written by RateMyPlacement
Careers fairs are designed to give undergraduates and employers a platform to meet, interact and discuss potential careers.
They are a chance for you to meet an experienced professional face-to-face, and find out what is like to work for a particular company, or to work in a specific sector. The employers you meet in gatherings like this could also be useful contacts for finding employment before or after you graduate.
A careers fair is a valuable opportunity for you take a positive step towards starting a career while you’re still at university.
So here is a guide on how to talk to employers at a careers fair, and a few points for you to consider to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
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.
Guest blog written by Serife Gunal, Careers Student Brand Ambassador
There’s something about the words ‘assessment centre’ that makes me want to shudder, in fact, there’s been times where hearing ‘grad job’ or ‘internship’ has made me feel queasy! I realise now that those fears were somewhat misguided and that applying for grad jobs and internships doesn’t have to stress you out!
If you are scheduled to attend an assessment centre or even planning on applying for a graduate job or internship, Careers and Placements has an event just for you. The annual assessment centre simulator event will be taking place at 17:30 to 20:30 in P/T/005 (Physics) on Wednesday 1st February and will be a fantastic opportunity to have a practice in an assessment centre environment!
Spring Term (and once exams are over) is a good time to explore career options and opportunities for those who haven’t already done so.
What might you explore?
If you’re not sure what you might be interested in doing after university, why not try generating some ideas by visiting our Get ideas section. There are exercises to help you find suggestions linked to your interests, values and experience, as well as resources to help you find out more about different careers
Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers
If you’re job hunting there are some basics you need to know: where to find vacancies and how to get through the recruitment and assessment process.
The Careers website’s look for work and apply for jobs sections are where you need to start.
As the title suggests, our look for work pages help you identify relevant job sites and resources for all types of work. So, whether it’s graduate jobs, internships, part-time work or international work, you’ll find good starting points and further information.
This term we have launched a new online careers newsletter for international students at York. We will be posting lots of news that will help you to make the most of your time while you are here, as well as planning your future. It will include events, international student careers news, guest blogs, success stories and lots more.
Although the content is primarily focused on international students issues, EU students may find some of the content useful too.
Check it out now – and if you want to get regular updates just submit your email address in the “follow us” section – you will get an email alert when new content is published.
You could be our next case study!
If you are an international student at York with an career related success story – let us know and we will share it to encourage other students. Maybe you have have taken part in a great volunteering experience, have secured a valuable internship, or won an award? Let us know by emailing us – firstname.lastname@example.org – and we will share your success.