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Finding graduate jobs Worldwide

Africa

GradLink Africa specialised website for all students interested in working in Africa. It includes jobs, links with major graduate employers, in-depth advice sections, and the latest news and events relating to the graduate labour markets across Africa.

Asia

Australia

A specialist provider of graduate job hunting tools & resources. Research company profiles and employer reviews and discover what's on offer for graduates at Australia's top companies.

China

For Chinese students seeking graduate jobs in China

Step 1

Know what you want

Looking through jobs on job sites can be ineffective and time-consuming. There are thousands of job vacancies all over job sites so it is nearly impossible to find a promising match if you do not have a goal in mind. Therefore, before searching any job site, be sure you have answered the following questions first:

What career sector would I like to work in?  

If you are unsure about which careers might be right for you,there are questionnaires and tests designed to help you find out about your job preferences. We recommend you trying the following:

An even more detailed and complete reports of the MBTI test results (Chinese version) can be found here in a free version.

  • CareerConnect - search for vacancies worldwide.
  • Prospects Planner: is a UK based job exploration tool which aims to help you identify your skills, motivations and interests and then to match yourself to relevant job types.

You can also discover what careers people who have studied your subject have gone on to do - see Using your degree and Prospects - what can I do with my degree?.

Which geographical area would I like to work in?  

The most popular working destinations in China are certainly the Tier 1 cities which are Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. However, we are here to remind graduates that there are clear benefits of widening horizons to the Tier 2 cities.

Always remember, most graduate jobs require applicants to have some work experience. That is, you may need to get a period of work experience (such as internships) before you can successfully apply for graduate level jobs, and our Internships & work experience pages may help you with that.


Step 2

Find the job you want

Once you have the kind of work experience you are looking for, you can move on to the next stage – finding the job you want! Read Finding jobs in China FAQs.

The two most popular ways to find jobs in China are via networking and job sites.

 Use networks

Networking is now a vital skill in the job-hunting process. Talk to your family, friends and alumni to see how they can help.
  • Use your contacts eg family, friends or friends of friends and ask them about their jobs. If they sound interesting, ask to work shadow them.
  • If you are unsure about how to network, use the Networking video and Networking page to brush up your technique and build your confidence.
  • Connect to alumni:

 ‌‌‌is the Career Alumni Network for the University of St Andrews. It brings together Alumni and Current Students to facilitate networking, enable informal mentoring, provide industry discussion groups, and enable graduates and ‌students to stay up to date with their student societies and sports teams.‌

Join Saint Connect , join the groups and contact St Andrews graduates (such as Chinese) working in careers that interest you. Send them a message! Get their advice and tips on how to get into the sector.

You can search Chinese alumni within the University of St Andrews Alumni and within its subgroup (under "More"), University of St Andrews Alumni – Mentorship Programme on LinkedIn. Other subgroups include Beijing and Shanghai alumni groups which you can join and have a look at the members’ profiles. Visit our LinkedIn page for more information.

Connect to Chinese alumni pages via Chinese social media:  weibo iconrenren icon

You can also have a look at the successful graduate employment case studies by our alumni. Reading the profile of other Chinese alumni may inspire you!

Use jobs sites effectively  

Before searching the job sites, some tips which  might help you with the job searching process:

Tip 1: Try typing in both English and Chinese in the search box - you might get different results! In addition, sometimes typing in “” (students who have studied abroad) as a key phrase may bring you to the vacancies that favour returning students from abroad.

Tip 2: If you would like to apply for graduate jobs in China, it would be better to check out the job sites as early as possible – DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU GRADUATE!

Graduate jobs are often advertised well in advance. Keep an eye on the job sites for graduate jobs from the beginning of the year!

Tip 3: You can also go to the campus recruitment page of the job sites and visit different companies’ websites to check out their job vacancies.

Most Chinese jobsites display large companies’ logos on their homepage with links to the companies’ websites and to their job vacancies. While possible, please apply from the company’s own websites, as the job information would be more reliable than that on job sites.

Tip 4: Beware of any organisation that asks you to pay ANY amount of “fees” or money during the application process – they are most likely to be fraudulent!

Large and well-known job sites are not guaranteed to be “fraud-free”, so apply with caution. We strongly recommend our students have a look at YingJieSheng BBS about the employment trap and protecting yourself from the frauds. Always remember: finding jobs is not easy, NO PAIN NO GAIN!

Job sites for those who have studied abroad - high level of English competence expected  

 gradlinkChina GradlinkChina is a specialist careers website designed for students and graduates from China who are studying at universities across the UK. It provides job vacancies only for graduates (i.e. not available to current students). A strongly recommended resource.
Fesco Beijing Foreign Provides vacancies mainly in Beijing. If you would like to find graduate jobs, remember not to choose “” as the job type - just type in “
job.efesco.com Provides vacancies mainly in Shanghai. Recommend searching “”.
 ChinaSplash

Provides some graduate jobs and most jobs are posted in English so recommend searching in English, but if you search “” still one or two vacancies will come up. 

 HiAll Try typing in “” or “graduate” as key words.
 ciic Provides some job vacancies in Japanese companies, but most of them require work experience.
 Monster Job vacancies can only be searched in English (as the site is in English). Most jobs require work experience of more than one year.

Job sites open to all graduates from Chinese universities and those who have studied abroad  

 www.51job.com

More vacancies in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

zhaopin.com Provides vacancies throughout China but more job information from Beijing.
yjs.job1001.com Focus mainly on graduates. Recommend searching “” as a key word, can also try searching “graduate”.
YjingJieSheng.COM Recommend typing in “” as a key word.
www.bysHR.com Choose the work location first, and then go to “‌” section. Note: Signing up is unnecessary unless you are applying for the job. That is, viewing job vacancies and descriptions do not require you to sign up!  Quick links: Beijing   Shanghai. If you are looking for graduate jobs, you can choose:.
 ‌dajie.com Try searching “”. Can also have a look at””. Note: This job site requires you to sign up in order to see the full job descriptions.
CJOL.com

Provides vacancies mainly in Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Try searching “” or “” as key words. Also, sometimes one or two job vacancies will show up if you type in “” in the search box.

Useful Search engines to locate opportunities  

 recruit.net indeed‌  careerbuilder.com.cn

The Gulf

GradLink Gulf is a specialised website for all students interested in working in The Gulf. It includes jobs, links with major graduate employers, advice, an active blog section, graduate case studies and events.

Finding Graduate Jobs in the USA and Canada

The job-hunting situation in the US and Canada is quite different to that of the UK. Many jobs and opportunities are not advertised and ‘Grad-schemes’ rare.

You need to be able to sell yourself effectively, highlight your strengths, and then take advantage of your network.

 

Remember, many large employers will start accepting applications for work during the September before graduation. Make sure you know your dates!

Review our Career options links for good starting points in exploring career options.

  • GradLink Canada - the specialist careers website which provides resources and advice to allow Canadian students to connect with leading graduate employers in Canada.

Research

The following websites are useful starting points for your search:

  • The Careers Centre subscribes to GoinGlobal, a fantastic resource with comprehensive career-related guides to 40 US cities, as well as searchable databases of employers and jobs.  To get the most out of the site remember to create a personal account. (Access via subscriptions)
  • We also subscribe to Vault, a comprehensive online resource including career guides, industry research and assessment tools, jobs and internships, and application/interview advice. Especially useful to those looking for opportunities in North America. (Access via subscriptions)
  • The Career Project Great introduction to a wide range of US careers based on first hand accounts of actual professionals. Free to access with university registration and individual users have the option of contacting the contributors via the website for a small fee.
  • America's Career Info Net Information on occupations, industries, and salaries. Also has career videos, education resources, self-assessment tools, and assistance with career exploration
  • Monster College Helps you to determine your marketability and potential career options
  • Job Central Lists employment opportunities and allows applicants to interact with companies directly
  • Indeed Search job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages
  • Jobydoo - Find jobs and job vacancies from all career sites in the United States

Market Your Strengths

Make sure you have examples in your CV and experiences you can share that fit the position description. Don’t be afraid to draw from atypical experiences you have in order to showcase your strengths. This might be highlighting a specific task you took on while engaged in a particular programme, or an experience that meant a great deal to you and from which you learned important skills. It’s also important for you to not just stop at internships as ways you can differentiate yourself or learn valuable skills.

Can’t find an internship? You need experience on your CV! Volunteer with a local charity, or develop your own project that allows you to learn and hone your skills.

Be in a position where you are able to explain not only an experience, but how that experience directly relates to the job that interests you.

Events

The most effective way to make connections is to have a real face-to-face encounter with someone knowledgeable. Make sure you know what is going on and how to get involved.

  • Virtual Events: The Careers Centre runs several types of virtual events throughout the year. In addition, we also post other virtual events that might be of interest. Make sure you visit our events page so you don’t miss out.
  • Alumni Clubs: Look up the alumni club in your area and make sure you know about the events planned.
  • Email Lists & Trade Organisations: Many industry groups have list-serves or other ways of keeping informed of local events. Look for these especially on trade organisation pages, or young advisory boards. These can often times be very local, and you will need to think about the location where you want to work in order to see what options are available
  • Local Fraternal Organisations: While many people feel these are sometimes old-fashioned, organisations like the Lions or the Rotary Club are great ways to expand your network and find out what is going on. Many professionals from the geographic area are members of these organisations. Special industry-specific organisations also exist.

Links – Specific Regions

Overseas applicants

Have a look at our Visas & Immigration page for helpful links.