Review: The 2nd Global University Career Development Conference
‘Let us work together, gain more’
-Managing Director of GUCCU – William Xie
The 2nd Global University Career Development Conference (GUCDC) was held in Shanghai, Suzhou, and Beijing from 20 March to 24 March, attracting more than 35 career officers from global universities, 50 HR from Chinese enterprises, and 20 media representatives. Led by the Global University China Career Union (GUCCU) and Lockin China, the Conference featured a number of topics and rich contents, covering 10 presentations focusing on how to provide better career support for Chinese returnees. By bringing career professionals from all around the world, GUCDC once again showed the rising prosperity of research and recruitment in Chinese overseas graduates and its growing maturity as a leader in the field.
During the first two days in Shanghai, a total of 35 heads of career office at universities in the UK, the US, Australia and Spain visited different type of companies in China, namely Future Land Holding Group, Johnson & Johnson, Schindler, Huabao International Holdings Limited. The company visits ensure career officers to gain an insight into the development of Chinese companies and how do they set up recruitment strategy in China's job market. Tony from the University of Adelaide said that he finds the company visits are very useful as he learned some specific features of Chinese enterprises and recognized their increasing demand for Chinese returnees.
From 22 March to 23 March, the official conference was held in Suzhou. The opening speech by Crystal Kong, CEO of Lockin China set the scene for the conference entitled ‘overseas talents – core of globalization of Chinese employers’. She pointed out that increasing number of Chinese enterprises are seeking overseas talents due to their global ambition and there are both opportunities and challenges for Chinese returnees to seek domestic job opportunities. The ‘2017 Chinese Overseas Elites Career Development Report’ she shared at the conference gives delegates a comprehensive understanding of the current job market in China and what does it mean for Chinese returnees. Several questions such as what are the distinct features of returnees, what kind of enterprises are hunting for returnees and what are returnees expecting for their future job are all answered in the report. There are also 4 company representatives from DIDI Chuxing, FAW, JSTI, and Founder Group gave speeches talking about their hope and experiences in recruiting Chinese returnees.
Crystal Kong gives the opening speech
On the second day in Suzhou, Susan Harvey from the University of Adelaide and Bob Blanchett from the Northeastern University shared with delegates their vision and strategy in the field of collegiate career service and how they collaborate with Lockin China to provide career support specifically for Chinese students.
After two days in Suzhou, the officers attended the Chinese Returnees Career Development Fair in Beijing on 24 March, which marked the end of the conference. There are over 1000 visiting during the fair, looking for 500 job positions provide by employers. This exclusive job fair for returnees has achieved a great success that brought more effective and efficient communication between employers and candidates. This year, Lockin China and GUCCU aims to work together with universities’ career officers and Chinese recruiters to provide more professional career support and opportunities to Chinese Returnees.
The George Washington University
The University of New South Wales
Kunshan Duke University
University of Exeter
The University of Birmingham
University of Technology, Sydney
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Ohio State University
The University of Nottingham
The University of Hertsfordshire
University of Reading
ESADE Business School
The University of Sydney
The George Washington University
The University of Adelaide
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
滕门国际教育 Ivygate International
北外国际 BFSU International
宜信 Credit Ease
史密斯热水器 A.O. Smith
碧桂园 Country Garden
Abercrombie & Fitch
远洋地产 Sino Ocean
英国电信 British Telecom
中国高科 China Hi-tech Group Co., Ltd
方正 Founder Group