International Students Employability Summit

Posted by Rita Biankin

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At GradConnection, we’re continually striving to provide our university partners with opportunities to capitalize on global recruiting trends and develop meaningful connections with top employers. This year’s annual International Students Employability Summits, now in their third year, present a unique opportunity for career services professionals from across the globe to come to Shanghai and Hong Kong to build their knowledge of the growing Asian employment markets, network with regional employers and gain useful insights on recruiting strategies and timelines.

This year’s Summits have been redesigned with the goal of providing more opportunities to learn from leading knowledge experts and develop a network of industry connections. To this end, we’ve added site visits with local employers where attendees will learn how local companies recruit and retain talent. Participants will also learn from the insights of recently hired international returnees who successfully navigated the job search. Attendees will also benefit from learning and engaging with several knowledge experts who are widely recognized for their expertise on global economic and recruiting trends.

Shanghai Summit

Rhett Miller - Trade Commissioner, Education with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, will kick off the Shanghai Summit (August 12-13). Mr. Miller’s session will focus on the China economy and how it continues to evolve.His extensive background in international trade and global markets will provide a fitting backdrop for his session that will explore trade, technology advancements, innovation, employment, geopolitical influences, social movements – and the implications for returnee students.

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Also headlining the Shanghai Summit is Andrew Nip - Head of Training, Learning & Development, Asia; Head of Internal Recruitment, Asia People & Culture for Hays Recruiting experts worldwide. Mr. Nip will present on jobs of the future in China and will highlight growing employment sectors and recruiting trends. Mr. Nip will draw on his extensive recruiting background and Hays’ vast research on employment growth and hiring trends.

Another highlight of the China Summit will include on-site visits with two leading global employers – Merck (MSD) and SAP. Merck’s business focuses on innovation and scientific excellence to deliver vaccines, medicines, and animal health products to improve the health and well-being of humans and animals. Merck China combines R&D, manufacturing and commercial operations to actively support China's medical reform and help the Chinese government to achieve the “Health 2030” plan.

With 437,000 customers in more than 180 countries, SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best. Seventy-seven percent of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system. SAP’s machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises.

Hong Kong Summit

The Hong Kong Summit, with a specific focus on India and the Asia Pacific region, also promises to deliver a unique and enriching experience for attendees. It begins featuring Sam Guthrie - Senior Trade Commissioner & Eve Ching - Education Manager with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. They, along with colleagues joining via video conference from the Commission’s office in India, will speak on recent economic development in India and the Asia Pacific region. Collectively the group brings diverse experience in international business development, government relations and stakeholder engagement.

Anna Champion, Founder of the South East Asian Association of Graduate Employers and Hong Kong & Graduate Employers Network Committee Member, will speak on India and greater Asia Pacific job market. Ms. Champion, who brings an extensive international recruiting background, which includes working at global corporations and smaller non-profits, is a respected speaker on employment and recruiting trends.

Lane Crawford and Fidelity International serve as the employer site hosts for our Hong Kong Employability Summit. Based in Hong Kong and China, Lane Crawford has a unique take on luxury that draws from over 160 years of success. It is globally renowned for its carefully curated collections across international womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories, jewelry, beauty and home & lifestyle. Its Hong Kong location is one of the most unique in the region, operating an innovation center which attendees will be able to see firsthand. Company reps will also highlight its highly coveted Internship and Graduate programs, the latter which features a 24-month fast track for ambitious talent, with comprehensive learning and work exposure in one of three core business streams.

Fidelity International offers world-class investment solutions and retirement expertise. It provides the investment expertise, technology and service innovation needed to help clients achieve their financial goals. The Hong Kong office employs approximately 425 people and is the regional hub for Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) as well as the Venture Growth partners. The office overlooks Hong Kong Park and is just steps away from the British Embassy.

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We’re keenly aware that with global international student enrollment at its highest level ever, institutions and other stakeholders expect career services leaders to provide international students with more support and access to opportunities. This is why we structured the Summits to serve as a forum for career services leaders to exchange ideas and discuss challenges and solutions around employability. We want participants to envision ways of leading their institution’s employability efforts - to go beyond the surface and create purposeful international engagement and networks. The newly envisioned International Students Employability Summits aim to do just that. So come join the international employability movement with us!


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