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 Evonne Young, Web Education.
Keep your options open, think outside the box and try another way of exploring the other part of the world.
Asia is the oldest continent and China is one the oldest countries in the world. With 5,000 years of history, Chinese culture is never the same with other parts of the world and heavily influences many of the other Asian countries. It is one of the must visit countries and it is definitely one of the safest countries if working/living overseas ever comes across your mind. However, English does not work that well in China, which becomes one of the major concerns that stop western people from exploring.
Guest blog written by Muchun Liao, York second-year undergraduate
After entering my university life, I found myself a little bit unclear about what I would like to do and what I can do for my career plans. Interning through CRCC was my first working experience and it became a great and unforgotten opportunity as my very first starting point for my future career plans.
During the time while I worked as an intern in Women’s Watch-China (now changed its name to Beijing Qianqian Law Firm) gave me many perspectives about NGOs and charities in China. My daily duties were to find and track violation of women’s rights in major cases and events, support litigation and non-litigation activities across the world and then update relevant news articles, information regarding women’s groups, research reports, and achievements. Also, sometimes I might need to communicate and contact with relevant domestic and foreign organizations, as well as join other NGOs, experts, and the media in promoting reform and advancing women’s rights in the legal system. And it was really pleasing for me to meet some staff from EU and UN Women during my internship.
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The British Council will run a UK Alumni Recruitment Fair and a series of career development workshops in China from 21 to 29 March 2015. This year we are working in partnership with Zhaopin.com to invite well-known businesses to take part in the event.
This is a chance for Chinese students to gain a better understanding of the job market in China, explore job opportunities, and seek guidance on their long-term career ambitions. Participants will also have opportunities to talk directly with business representatives who will be on site to offer career development advice and information on job opportunities with their companies.
The British Council China is going to run a series of career development workshops in the UK from 7th to 12th November 2014.
HR executives from major employers in China have been invited to give an overview of the competitive job market in China, talk about various aspects of recruitment from the employer’s side and share job opportunities with Chinese students. After the guests have spoken, students will have the chance to interact with the speakers as well as inquire about any possible vacancies that they could have available. This will not only provide a fantastic opportunity for students to understand and discuss the requirements of China’s domestic employment market, but will also provide a wealth of employment opportunities. Continue reading