For the 3rd year running, GW4 Universities have delivered graduate recruitment fairs for their Chinese returnee students and graduates. Organised by the GW4 consortium of University Careers Services of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, multi-national employers based in China attended the fairs in the tier 1 cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen last week.
The fairs welcomed back familiar global employer names such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Decathlon, IBM and Nielsen amongst many other graduate recruiters popular with GW4 students and graduates, including new attendees Bosch, Citi, Expedia and PWC.
“We are delighted that the fairs are now regarded as an annual must-attend event for such prestigious graduate recruiters who attend year-on-year. Our decision to include Shenzhen as a venue this year, regarded as the Silicon Valley of China, has also enabled us to attract an even wider range of employers including China-based giants Grandland Group and ZTE.” the Heads of the GW4 Careers Services commented. “It is especially gratifying to see that the range and quality of employers has resulted in an increase of 20% more graduates attending the fairs this year. Some of those were interviewed at the Fairs and soon afterwards, so we are hoping to hear of some positive outcomes.”
Duncan Du, Associate Consultant for TEKsystems and GW4 University alumnus, commented:
“The GW4 career fairs provide a great opportunity to meet with the graduates and assess their potential. Already, one of the stand-out graduates has been interviewed and has a trial start with our company this week. As a recruiter with TEKsystems of the Allegis Group, I’d like to thank the GW4 partnership for creating such a successful event. We look forward to participating in the future.”Global fashion retail company, H&M, commented:
“The fairs are an excellent platform that allow us to meet high-quality returnee graduates. Overseas candidates with open personalities and good English language skills fit in well with the H&M culture. Last year we successfully hired a graduate from the GW4 fairs who had just finished her Masters degree. Her performance in her first year of working in H&M has already resulted in her recent promotion.”
The fairs continue to open up further opportunities for students and graduates of the GW4 Universities as well as contribute to their growing global profile to both prospective students and build on their reputation amongst international employers.
The fairs were delivered as part of the GW4 Careers Service partnership of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. Planning is now in-train to grow the capacity of the events further for 2018. Further information regarding the events is available here: