Career Workshop & Job Fair for Chinese students

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The British Council, operating in China as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy, has organised a career development workshop:

Time: 14:00-17:00, Saturday, 14th November 2015

Address: Glass Meeting Rooms, Franklin-Wilkins Building, King’s College London, Stamford Street, London SE1 8WA

This year they have also teamed up with the Highway Career Services Co., Ltd, a professional overseas talent career service company, to invite well known businesses to take part in our event, which will allow Chinese students overseas to receive professional advice from senior HR specialists, gain first hand recruitment information from businesses themselves and learn about the best opportunities for career development.

They have invited HR specialists to talk to students about the current employment market situation in China. There will also be representatives from large Chinese enterprises present to discuss the various aspects of recruitment in China, as well as job hunting skills and other matters that students should be aware of, especially in the hottest industries and directions. During our events, students will also have the opportunity to ask the specialists questions that they have regarding finding employment in China and career development.

Senior HR specialists:

  • Deng Jianxiu: HR Director of Tecent (Media and Game)
  • Piao Junhong: CEO and Co-founder of Gearpi
  • He Qingrong: Senior Director of International Cooperation of New Oriental Education & Technology Group

In response to the needs of previous alumni and employers, this year, the British Council China has invited several of the top recruitment companies to participate in our events. 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.

Participating recruitment companies:

  • Tecent
  • New Oriental Education Group
  • Fazheng Group
  • China Telecom European Branch
  • Qiaowai Group

These events are open to all Chinese students studying in the UK. However, due to site restrictions and safety concerns, students wishing to take part should register using the link provided below. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Successful registrants will receive e-mail confirmation from us following the close of registration.

Registration link:

Job descriptions of the recruitment companies will be posted on Alumni UK Network Wechat account (Alumni_UK) and Linkedin Alumni UK Network China group. Students are encouraged to scan the QR code for the Linkedin Group below to join us and check the job posts that open to students this time.


Case study – Namali Goonetillake

What is your nationality?Namali new Sri Lankan.

What/when did you study at Durham? BA Economics, 2008-2011.

What are you doing now? Employed by RBS in London, Assistant Director in Corporate Banking.

What does your job involve? Providing financing requirements for Healthcare and Pharmaceutical companies with a turnover of more than £25m.

How did your time at Durham help you to succeed? The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre allowed me to explore my options within the banking industry and helped me prepare for interviews and assessment centres.

What advice would you give to current students? Work experience is pivotal – I found that doing Easter weeks and internships are helpful. In the current job market in the banking sector, doing an internship is almost the only way to get on to a graduate scheme – out of the 20 people that started on my scheme, 18 were on my internship the previous summer. Employers like to know whom they are hiring long term. Consider your internship a 2 month/10 week assessment centre! In addition, extra curricular activities are important. I was quizzed about volunteering at a local Durham school as a mentor as well as my involvement in the water polo team – it gives you something to talk about at an interview, allows you to answer competency questions easily and shows you have interests outside work and education. In addition, it’s likely to give you an edge over most applicants as the admissions process into grad schemes is increasingly competitive.

Any other information you want to provide? Students don’t seem to use the careers centre as much as they should. I was only one of a small handful of students in my year who bothered to find out options – you may think you know what’s out there, but it helps to make sure!

Please note – the opinions expressed here are those of Namali and not her employer.

Case study – Jo-Sharon Udoh

What is your nationality? – NigerianJosharon

What/when did you study at Durham?MSc Software Engineering Management, 2009/10 academic year. Ustinov College.

What are you doing now?

I currently work as a Quality Assurance Analyst for the United Bank for Africa Plc.

What does your job involve?

I provide software testing and quality assurance support to the entire IT Directorate of the bank.

Working as part of a progressive team, I am responsible for planning and executing test related deliverables across various stages of testing, analysis of complex projects and activities to identify the test requirements, both functional and regression based, work closely with the development team to ensure business and systems requirement coverage. My role also involves identifying process improvement opportunities, developing and managing standards, methods and procedures towards improving the quality and accuracy of deliverables throughout the development life cycle.

I take pride in delivering high quality standards both in product and process. My role has enabled me develop a working knowledge of the supported portfolio of functionality and systems in the bank’s IT enterprise.

How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?

I had the opportunity to learn about a wide range of cutting-edge research during the 12-months spent in Durham. I also learned new techniques and found valuable resources for my degree programme. Aside from offering a great education, Durham University enhanced my employability skills. The courses were designed in an integrated way to build up my expertise step by step, using a balance of theory and practice, with many team-based projects running alongside lectures. I left Durham feeling able to choose who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. You stand out with a Durham degree and I still feel lucky to have been there.

What advice would you give to current students?

Durham is a great place to study – the research is world class, and the collegiate system provides unrivalled support and social opportunities. I have no doubt that past, present and future students of Durham University will take the experience and knowledge they’ve gained in Durham and translate it into cutting edge work ethic and research all around the world.  I would definitely recommend applying to Durham. Good luck!

Any other information you want to provide?

Academically, the teaching I received and the knowledge I accumulated in Durham University has vastly helped me in my current professional endeavours and will continue to do so for a number of years. I’m sure I speak for a number of the Durham alumni when I say that my Durham years were the most intellectually formative of my life, and have well prepared me for any number of upcoming professional challenges.

Case Study – Michelle Okoyomo

What is your nationality?Michelle O


What/when did you study at Durham?

2010-2011, MSc. Finance and Investment, Ustinov College.

Dissertation: Managerial Over-confidence and Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions: An analysis of bidder’s performance in cross-border acquisitions managed by overconfident and non-confident managers. Distinction Earned in Dissertation

What are you doing now?

Investment Banking (“IB”) Analyst at Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited, a leading boutique Investment Bank headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria

What does your job involve?

My role as an IB Analyst involves advising and assisting clients in various industries to achieve their business growth objectives whether it’s their need to undertake/explore strategic options such as mergers & acquisitions, or seeking capital for business expansion.

This requires carrying out an in-depth analysis of the client’s business and industry to understand the growth drivers as well as analysing the company’s financial performance to identify an optimal strategic alternative/source of capital (equity or debt) to raise depending on the operating dynamics of the business.

How did your time at Durham help you to succeed?

My studies at Durham equipped me with the skill sets required for a successful career in Investment Banking.

My course work and experience developing my dissertation enabled me develop strong research, analytical and project management skills.

Planning, researching and presenting my dissertation enhanced my ability to understand and analyse complex data to identify trends and make informed decisions. In addition, this experience helped me learn how to effectively manage a project and present ideas and findings.

With Durham having a diverse body of students from all over the world, I enjoyed working in seminar projects with people from different backgrounds which helped me develop good people skills.

What advice would you give to current students?

Identify what goals you seek to achieve from an education in Durham, develop a goal schedule, plan your time and never procrastinate.

Time goes by before you know it. Make the best out of the short time you have.

Engage yourself in all the many social and professional activities. Try meeting up with any of the companies of interest that come for a career talk because there are a whole bunch of them that visit the school.

Take time to enjoy Durham in the summer, the scenery is beautiful.

Any other information you want to provide?

Excelling in Durham requires a lot of hardwork but what is most important is working smart and efficiently. Like I said, time management is key.