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Warwick’s joint careers event in Shanghai attracts more than 1,200 students

Today, 2nd April 2019, more than 1,200 students took advantage of the largest UK University Careers fair in Shanghai organised by the universities of Warwick, Birmingham and Nottingham. The University of Warwick took a leading role in the development and organisation of this international student employability event, which attracted over 70 high-profile employers looking to fill graduate roles in China and the Asia Pacific region.

Professor Simon Swain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick, said:

“The UK University Careers Fair in Shanghai is an excellent example of Warwick’s comprehensive and globally-recognised employment support for our international students - which includes our annual UK joint university China careers roadshow, pioneering research into virtual internships and tailor-made employment skills training.

Warwick is committed to developing partnerships with leading universities and companies in China, and across the world, to further internationalise our research and education.

This event has become the largest careers fair in Shanghai for Chinese students at UK universities, and we are proud that so many students will be able to use it as a springboard to explore and gain their first graduate role in some of the world’s top companies.

Hosting a careers fair in Shanghai helps our graduates to find employment in their chosen country, and Warwick is committed to supporting all our students in following their chosen career path.”

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Taking place in the heart of the city, the ‘UK University Careers Fair’ draws together international students who study at UK universities to meet representatives from over 70 high-profile employers who are looking to hire graduates in China and across the Asia Pacific.

Students had the opportunity to visit the employer stands, learn more about the roles available and have a fast-track graduate interview on the day. In preparation for the fair, Warwick students had access to online resources, webinars and a careers fair app to ensure that they were prepared to meet the world’s top employers and make the most of this invaluable opportunity.

Nathan Lin, President Warwick Chinese Society said;

“This careers fair provides students with a fantastic opportunity to meet with a wide range of organisations who are specifically looking to connect with returning students and graduates. Talking with the employers today helped to expand my ideas and options for my future career and showed how my international experiences, gained whilst studying in the UK, are very much valued by companies.”

Now in its second year, the event attracted over 70 employers from a diverse range of sectors, all looking to fill graduate roles in a wide variety of functions. Those represented included Apple, Bosch, Geely, GSK, IBM, Mondelez, Paypal, Bloomberg, Mars China and Tesla. Geely, a leading automobile manufacturer, whose consumer brands include Geely Auto, Lotus, Lynk & Co, PROTON, and Volvo, confirmed they had sent 20 graduate role offers to University of Warwick students as a direct results of last year’s event, with 10 of the offers in their R&D department and the rest in Purchase Company, Finance Department and Human Resource Department.

Gloria Zhou, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Mondelez China, commented:

At the Fair, we will be promoting our summer intern and graduate programmes and our target is to hire around 40 students in total. We see the Fair as a fantastic opportunity to meet with high quality UK-educated Chinese students who meet our talent requirements. This fair is definitely the ‘place to be’ to recruit UK-educated Chinese students for our graduate roles.

Maria Forrest, overseas graduate recruitment, KPMG China said:

“Warwick's UK University Careers fair is hugely valuable to us at KPMG China. It allows us to engage with top quality students and talk to them about the key issues to consider when returning home to China after graduation. Not only this, it gives us an opportunity to support and guide them through our recruitment processes - to help them stand out and indeed to compete in the Chinese job market.”

For further information about Warwick in China please visit www.warwick.ac.uk/warwickinchina

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