Graduates head to China to get ahead in the jobs market
June 29, 2011 by Gareth
Graduates from the USA and UK have been speaking to the Wall Street Journal about how their work placements in China helped them to get a head start on their peers in the jobs market.
Lesmes Gutiérrez is a graduate from Loughborough University who spent two weeks working for a bank in Beijing last year. Gutiérrez studied engineering at Loughborough and has said that his placement has helped to elevate his CV in the eyes of potential graduate employers due to the fact that working in China shows a willingness to relocate, adapt and to work outside of a perceived comfort zone.
Another former work placement employee, Sophie Corcut, spent her time in China designing and producing promotional leaflets for the company she was working for and this helped her to land a job with prestigious consultancy firm Accenture in London. The promotional flyers that Sophie produced helped to drive sales for the company and she quickly realised that promotional mechanisms often transcend borders, including tried and tested methods like flyer printing.
Loughborough University student Gutiérrez and Sophie Corcut both speak highly of their time in China and feel that this helped give them an advantage over their fellow graduates in the job market.
Work experience abroad, be it in China or in other countries, is especially attractive to marketing graduates or students who are looking for an edge on their peers. The advertising industry will look favourably upon work experience that involves elements like flyer, poster and banner printing.