Case study – Juliet Lei

Juliet Lei

What is your nationality?



What/when did you study at Durham?

I studied MA Education from 2014 to 2015.


What are you doing now?

I am an Account Specialist at a global software product company, Avepoint, in Shanghai, China.


What does your job involve?

My clients are enterprises from all over the world, such as Washington DC, London, Paris, Munich, Melbourne and Singapore. Briefly speaking, my job is to deliver presentations that give prospective and existing customers insights into how our solutions solve their challenges. I get to attend remote and onsite meetings with global clients, work with our technical experts to help close the deal. It is really interesting and mind-blowing to talk to people with different cultural backgrounds.


How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?

The greatest treasure for me is the amazing people I’ve met along the way in Durham University who enriched me as a better person. They’ve been nothing but inspiring and supportive. Many people might think London is a better place to live than any other places in the UK. Well, the answer can be NO if you come to Durham. There were plenty of events to join literally every day which is one of the benefits of having the collegiate system. The only thing I felt a shortage of was time. I wish I could have had 30 hours a day to go to class and attend all sorts of events. The diverse workshops and seminars have helped me prepare for my future career. The societies and clubs have helped with my skills in particular areas. I was surprised how resourceful and thoughtful the platform that Durham has provided to us.


What advice would you give to current students?

Don’t stop trying just because others say you can’t make it. They are not you and they have no idea what you are capable of. Keep an open mind, open eyes and open spirit. If you are paying attention, there are many positive aspects you can learn from people around you.



Any other information you want to provide?

Keep smiling. It brings good luck.



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Date & Time: 6th September, 13:00 – 16:00

Venue: Hays London Cheapside Office, 107 Cheapside, London EC2V 6DB

Hays recruitment invite you to apply for their Information Day for International Students and asked us to share the information below with you:

At Hays, we are the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people. Our deep expertise across 21 specialised industries and professions makes us unparalleled recruiters in the world of work. We place around 15,000 candidates into permanent jobs each year and around 11,000+ people into temporary assignments.

We have 248 offices across 33 countries globally. Hays Asia is the fastest growing region and is still expanding! We are looking for ambitious, passionate individuals to join one of our 12 offices across 5 Asian countries including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

A recruitment career at Hays is like no other! This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know the company, the job as a Recruitment Consultant and the company culture within Hays. Come and spend a day to find out more! The Information Day contains a presentation, an individual exercise and a group exercise – a fun and educational day guaranteed!

How to apply: Please take a look at the Hays website and fully research Hays and the industry, then send your resume, a cover letter explaining why you are interested in Hays to

We will be in touch. Please make the title of your email as: Hays Information Day London – [Your Name]

*This Information Day is specifically for students who have one of the Asian language abilities OR have visa eligibility to work in one of the Asian countries mentioned above. *Business attire is required and this is a by invitation only, free event.

*Please be on time.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wei Wei, Asia International Internal Recruitment Manager E-mail:


KPMG Connected – Virtual Career Event 19-21 July

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KPMG China and Hong Kong are running KPMG Connected, a virtual career event which is open to students from China and Hong Kong. The event will be held over three days and will give you the chance to learn all about life at KPMG including internships and graduate opportunities, advice from senior staff and an opportunity to be fast tracked through the application process.


1st Day – 19th July – Mandarin.
New perspective on KPMG (4:00-6:00PM)
Tina Wang, Partner, Audit
John Wang, Partner, Tax
Jessica Xu, Partner, Advisory
Recruiter live chat open (6:00-7:30PM)

2nd Day – 20th July – English.
New perspective on KPMG (6:00-8:00PM)
Samson Yue, Partner, Audit
Stanley Ho, Partner, Tax
Alva Lee, Director, Advisory
Recruiter live chat open (8:00-9:30PM)

3rd Day – 21st July – English.
How to land your first job in today’s digital world (3:00-4:30PM)
Polly Yip, Head of Human Resources, KPMG China
Eric Yee, Head of Talent Solutions for North Asia, LinkedIn
Recruiter live chat open (4:30-6:00PM)

Get a chance to interview with KPMG after the event!
All students who answer three short multiple-choice questions after the presentation will
qualify for one of our exclusive prizes – an opportunity to be fast-tracked through to the
first stages of our selection process:
– Every day 120 participants will be selected to take the KPMG aptitude tests.
– Every day 25 participants will be invited to interview for internship or
graduate opportunities.
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to be fast-tracked through to the first stages!

Further details and how to register can be found here.

Case study – Youssef Ebrik

What is your nationality?YE


What/when did you study at Durham?

I received my MSc Finance degree from Durham in January 2014.

What are you doing now – employer and role?

 I am currently an Associate with KPMG‘s Deal Advisory team in the UAE.

 What does your job involve? 

My job mainly involves working on mergers & acquisitions from a due diligence perspective.

 How did your time at Durham help you to succeed? 

I have learned a lot from my time at Durham. Other than improving my technical skills and learning more about my field of interest through the classes I took and the career events I attended, my soft skills were also enhanced by interacting with people from different backgrounds.

What advice would you give to current students? 

My advice to current students would be to first figure out what they want to do, take classes which are relevant to their field of interest, and glean as much as they can from the classes since those skills will be applied in their careers. Also, a very important bit would be to network as much as possible. Career events are usually a good place to start.

BAFTA Scholarship Programme


BAFTA is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.

In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round, international programme of learning events and initiatives that offers unique access to some of the world’s most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York.

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme is offering talented Chinese nationals the chance to take a postgraduate course in film, television, or games as an international student in the UK.

  • Chinese nationals can apply for up to £20,000 towards course fees at an industry-recognised UK institution, plus up to £10,000 for living expenses. Deadline: Friday 3 June
  • The successful recipients will also be mentored by industry professionals and have free access to BAFTA events.

For further information, or to apply, visit:


India Connect Initiative


The Offer
• Paid Internship programme for 2 to 6 months
• Multidisciplinary Opportunities
• Enhance your skills, experience and knowledge
• Available from Summer 2016

The opportunity
• India-One of the fastest growing large economies in the
• To re-connect with your roots and work in a dynamic
multicultural environment
• Work in one of the biggest global markets

• Indian-origin/students of Indian heritage/descent and
Non Resident Indian (NRI) students pursuing Post
Graduate programmes outside India in Management
/Engineering / Science & Technology
• The programme includes stipend & accommodation
|Airfare to be borne by participants| Specific Terms and
conditions vary in each internship opportunity

For full details click on the flyer below:

OIFC’s India Corporate Internship – flyer


KPMG Hong Kong & China Graduate Programmes 2016

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KPMG is a global network of member firms with over 162,000 people worldwide, including more than 9,000 people across 16 offices in China. They have built long standing partnerships with many of the world’s foremost companies and are actively targeting Durham University students from China and Hong Kong for roles in audit, tax and advisory services.

 Currently studying or completed a bachelor or a masters degree (from all disciplines)
 Good written and verbal communication skills
 Passionate, committed and eager to succeed
 Self-starters with good analytical and problem-solving skills
 Applicants for PRC offices should have Chinese citizenship
 Applicants for Hong Kong or Macau offices should have the right of abode in Hong Kong or Macau

For more information on the audit, tax and advisory roles, and feedback from current employees please see the information on this link.

If you are interested in the 2016 KPMG Graduate Programme, please complete the online application form at /