Seven useful things to know if you’re considering working in China after your studies

Recently I attended a British Council event covering the Chinese Labour Market and here were some of the things I learnt from listening to talks from Chinese employers:

1. Getting experience of working in China is vital for boosting your chances of graduate employment:

Apply for paid internships during the Easter or summer holidays, for example British Council offer internships

2. Graduate recruitment fairs are a really important way to secure a graduate job in China:

Most graduate recruitment fairs are held in August and September in China, however the British Council hosts recruitment fairs in China during March.

3. The finance, creative and IT sectors are strong sectors within the Chinese economy at the moment.

4. Chinese employers place more emphasis on academic performance compared to those in the UK:

Employers will look carefully at grades for each year of study and the standard of your degree.

5. Most Chinese students who study in the UK return to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou: there are more jobs in these cities, but living costs are high.

6. In common with employers in any country, employers in China expect you to have ideas about the sector/role which interests you when you speak to them (Careers and Employability can help you look at this)

7. Useful tips on CVs for positions in China:

· Emphasise relevant course content or work experience for the role, for example Human Resources module for a position in Human Resources

· Stick to a traditional layout, rather than trying a skills-based CV

· Give details of qualifications such as modules studied and grades for each year

· Think about creating short case studies to highlight skills you’ve gained from doing your course: For example doing a Masters course in the UK is intensive so you could mention the strategies used for time management (this differs from the UK where employers are more interested in work experience)

For more information and sources of internships and vacancies see: Prospects


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