GUEST BLOG: Chinese students: Advice from graduates in China

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:

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New online newsletter for international students at York


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 – – and we will share your success.

Questions about working in the UK after your degree?

Are you an international student thinking about staying in the UK at the end of your studies?  Are you confused about your options?

We can help! Bring your questions about finding work in the UK  to us between 10.30am and 12.30pm on the following days and we will do out best to answer them:


  • Wednesday 6 July
  • Tuesday 12 July
  • Wednesday 20 July
  • Wednesday 27 July


  • Wednesday 3 August
  • Wednesday 10 August
  • Wednesday 17 August
  • Tuesday 23  August
  • Wednesday 31 August


  • Wednesday 7 September
  • Wednesday 14 September

These are informal drop ins – you don’t need an appointment, just come along to the Careers building on Campus West.  You can either come and talk to us one-to one or in a small group with friends.

Although we are not able to give immigration advice, we can provide information to explain your options, clarify anything you are not sure about and help you understand how you might look for work that meet the conditions for visa sponsorship.

Latest Careers News – Summer Week 10

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Don’t worry, we are open through the Summer Vacation!

There are appointments running through the Summer, but on a reduced scale. Please see the ‘Appointments this week’ for the duty times and the  vacation opening times on the website for when we are open.

Coming soon…

We will be running weekly drop-in appointments for International students who have questions about working in the UK after their studies. Check the website for more details.

Don’t miss out…

With the end of exam season and a long summer holiday ahead, make the most of your summer and get #GradJobReady! Internship opportunities come in a variety of flavours, so take a look and find the right one for you.

Be sure to keep an eye out on the Careers Gateway (Exclusive Opportunities @York tab) for Student Internship Bureau (SIB) opportunities currently being advertised. You can also keep up to date by liking our Facebook Page.

In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illyExternal events and news you might be interested in


Altum Consulting  have recently launched their CSR program for 2016: The Altumate Challenge 2016 They are looking for entrants who wish to undertake an amazing adventure this year and raise money for a registered charity. They are offering the winner £5000 towards the cost of undertaking their challenge. They are also offering a further £1,000 towards their charitable fundraising target.

Opportunity for Hong Kong students

A partner organisation of the British Council, UK Joint University HK Career Society is providing a ‘Hire Graduates Channel’ together with Classified Post, Hong Kong’s leading online recruitment portal. This channel is only available to Hong Kong students studying in the UK, and recent Hong Kong graduates. Please register at

In addition, the UK Joint University HK Career Society is organising a recruitment fair to be held on August 6th in Hong Kong, with over 20 major employers attending. Students who are registered will receive details about the fair.

Latest Careers News – Summer week 4


Don’t miss out…

  • Applications are open NOW until Sunday Week 5 for a York Students in Communities placement.  Click here to see what’s on offer
  • Tier 5 Toolkit update for international students wanting to work in the UK
  • York Profiles & Mentors is a career profiles and mentoring tool for University of York students, created by Careers and York Alumni Association.



In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illyExternal events and competitions you might be interested in:

  1. Free online coursesgreat MOOCs you could do this year
  2. Trendence survey: What do you want to do in your future career? Complete the survey to have the chance to win a year of Netflix.
  3. Find out about Sky via their Behind the scenes blog (and then talk to them at the fairs on Wednesday and Thursday this week).
  4. China Students Career and Education Expo, London 28 Nov, offered by the Cathay Association/Mandarin Consulting – an opportunity for Chinese students to explore careers opportunities in China.
  5. Spin your thesis annual competition – the European Space Agency has opened their call for proposals for students to conduct research in state-of-the-art hyper- and microgravity research facilities, deadline 17 Nov.