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Case Study: Shane

Personal details
Degree:Management Profile picture
School(s): School of Management
Year of Graduation:Jun-2010
National of: China
Employment details
Organisation: Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd
Job title: Information Disclosure/Investor Relations Specialist
Occupational Sector: Business Management
What has been your route to getting your current position?
  • Apply online with a cover letter and CV;
  • Telephone interview with HR and department manager;
  • Discussion with HR regarding travel details, visa, wages and benefits, responsibilities, and other work related matters;
  • Logistical issues such as visa application and travel arrangements;
  • Arrive in Beijing and commence the 3 month internship (6 month to 1 year internships are also available);
  • Near the end of the 3 months, there will be an evaluation with your department manager and with HR, they will then decide whether *there is enough headcount in the department for a new full-time employee, and whether your work and salary demands are acceptable;
  • Offer of full-time contract;
  • Usually you will then be allowed to go back home for a small period of time to settle your businesses and apply for a 1 year work permit (since my department is usually quite busy, I had to delay my work permit application until the end of October); and
  • Enjoy the full-time employment in Beijing!
What does your job involve ?
  • Writing/translating/editing/reviewing of periodic reports (annual reports, interim reports, etc.) and announcements;
  • Coordinate with lawyers, auditors, printers, etc. to ensure the accuracy and on time publication of such reports and announcements, and that they are in accordance to the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges’ Listing Rules and other relevant rules and regulations;
  • Schedule and participate in investor meetings/Company visits/conference calls, and maintain regular communications with investors;
  • Answer telephone calls from investors with regards to questions of Company and industry positions and forecasts, and ensuring that sensitive information will not be leaked during such activities;
  • Organize and manage Board meetings and AGMs, maintain regular communications with Company directors with regards to Company affairs and feedback from the capital market; and
  • Maintain and coordinate with all Company departments in order to obtain and maintain up-to-date information regarding the Company and the industry.
What are the best bits of your job ?

In general, it is a great working environment here at Goldwind, and the work I do in my department (Office of the Secretary of the Board) is great. You get the opportunity to speak with and present to directors and senior managers on a regular basis, as well as being able to speak to and know many different people in all departments of the Company. My immediate supervisor is a Vice President and the Company Secretary, and therefore we can get our work done with relatively little red tape, which helps a lot. It is also a very international Company, and my office also. In my office, we have 3 people from Xinjiang, 1 from Beijing, a Chinese girl who studied and lived in the US, an American girl, and me from the UK. This is some proper job experience that I am gaining right now and gained during my internship.

Why were you successful?

I did have some work experience already, which helped. I think mainly it was because of my bilingual abilities and the experience in Chinese/English translating. As this is the first year of the Company’s listing on the HK Stock Exchange, they needed somebody who could speak both languages to a good level, and the office was quite short of hands six months ago too. Otherwise, just get your head down and work, your supervisors and managers will get to know you better than you think.

What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

The theoretical management knowledge I gained during university was helpful to a certain degree, at least to the extent that I know what I should do (whether I know how to actually do it is quite another matter!). My economics background was also very helpful, to be able to understand and analyze industry conditions and future outlook. I think the main thing is that studying at university (including writing essays, dissertations, taking exams, etc.) helps you to understand what it means to work hard and put in the effort, and that skill is transferable throughout and in all aspects of life.

What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?

Work related matters are all great, and hours are fine (usually 8.30am-5.30pm, with overtime in some days). The social life in Beijing town centre is also quite good, though not the cheapest I have to say. Although there are a few things you might need to consider and be prepared to accept:

  • The Company is in the Yizhuang district of Beijing (roughly 10-15 miles south of Beijing, and would usually take an hour on the subway to get to the centre);
  • Unless you go into or decide to rent in town centre, there is very little to do in terms of social activities in Yizhuang (a couple of pool halls and a couple of KTVs), restaurant-wise is not too bad, though if you are going to eat out every day (which you kind of have to with the tiny non-kitchen you get at the Company flats) it does get a bit boring;
  • The air quality (or outright pollution) in Beijing is horrendous. Water quality isn’t that much better, I usually buy big bottles of mineral water, which is quite cheap thankfully; and
  • Oh, I almost forgot, they like to do morning exercises here before work followed by a few laps of running (while continuously shouting “1, 2, 3, 4!”. Unfortunately this part of the day seems to be compulsory, and they threaten you with wage deductions for every day that you miss these exercises……they obviously haven’t met too many Glaswegians and Dundoneons…