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Five years of successful employer events for returning students

Durham University Business School has offered events to introduce returning international students to employers for the past five years. These add to the many and long lasting benefits that an overseas education can bring to students.

The events have grown year on year, and for the first time in 2018, Shenzhen was added to the events held in Shanghai and Beijing. 67 companies attended across the three events and met with over 230 2017/18 students. With over 40 companies attending for the first time, this was a great opportunity for new contacts to understand the quality of Durham students.

Lulu Xu, Lulu Lemon, said: “This is the very first time we partnered with an overseas university and the outcome definitely went beyond our expectations.

Very professional approach, thoughtful arrangement and passionate students! Looking forward to further cooperation in the future.”

Representatives attended from companies such as Kraft Heinz, SAP and Diageo. The events differ from typical jobs fairs and go a step further than simple introductions. Companies select students for interview prior to the event based on their CVs and conduct first round interviews on the day. Over 500 interviews were conducted in the three days, with over 100 final interviews being conducted following the event.

Sierra Sheng, Mintel, said: “It is the best organized and planned career fair that we’ve attended in Shanghai so far, as various activities were prepared by the School; CV book, 1-2-1s, etc.

We would definitely like to engage more with Durham and hope we can hire great talents from your university.”

In the lead up to the event, students had various opportunities to engage with companies via nine webinars. This was arranged by Durham University Business School’s Global Careers and Talent team.

Lucie Zou, Amaris, said: “We really appreciate working with the Global Careers and Talent team in Durham, which can be considered as one of the most professional Amaris has worked with.

The students from Durham University Business School meet what Amaris expect from a fresh graduate: excellent level of languages, autonomy and proactivity, as well as solid knowledge of their academic domain. What impressed us is the down-to-earth and pragmatic attitude of the graduates we recruit from Durham, which is critical for a young graduate to kick off his or her career and to take on the real responsibilities.”

In addition to networking with companies the returning students also met previous graduates of the university, who were able to share their experiences of reintegrating into life back home and taking the next important steps in their career.