Course: LLM International Trade and Commercial Law
Employer: Reed Global Recruitment, Beijing,Shanghai and Hong Kong
Current position: Legal Recruitment Consultant
I first came to England aged 16 when I went to Worthing for summer school to study English at Swandean School of English. I fell in love with the UK and decided to go back for higher education in the future. After finishing high school in Guangzhou, I completed my LL.B in International Economic Law at East China University of Political Science and Law, in the fascinating city of Shanghai. I completed the third year at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, as an Erasmus student. After finishing my study in Amsterdam and Shanghai, I applied successfully to Durham University for the LL.M programme.
The year at Durham passed in the blink of an eye. I submitted my dissertation in September 2009 and started job hunting. It was probably the worst time ever for job hunting due to the financial crisis. Although many of my course mates from outside Europe applied for the Post-Study Work visa to try their luck in the UK, I decided to go back to China, where I could still see lots of job opportunities despite the global financial turbulence.
I was not very sure about my career path as a fresh graduate, so I was open to any suitable opportunity that I came across. I searched and applied for jobs in Hong Kongon a website called jobsdb. I focused on paralegal jobs so I could apply my relevant skills and knowledge. I received a job offer from Henry Wai & Co, Solicitors in Hong Kong as a paralegal after job hunting for two and a half months. My main responsibilities were to assist in the market expansion in Greater China Area, China-related practise, commercial litigation and corporate transactions. After a year, I progressed to an opportunity to work at Yam & Company in association with Boughton Peterson Yang Anderson as a Legal Assistant, where I assisted in China notary, conveyancing and civil litigation. I learnt a lot by working at two excellent law firms for one and a half years. However, I was aware that being a paralegal was not a career I longed for. I was aiming for a challenging and rewarding career that suited my personality. Thanks to the great opportunities in the job market of Hong Kong, I recently joined Reed Specialist Recruitment as a Recruiting Consultant in the Legal Department. I am in charge of private practise recruitment in Shanghai and Hong Kong. According to my own experience, Durham Law School enjoys a very good reputation with employers in Hong Kong. Many graduates from Durham Law School are doing well in international law firms and other organizations in Hong Kong. I cherish my experience at Durham and am very grateful for the education of Durham Law School and the opportunities it has created for me.