Employers drawn to UK alumni

27 November 2014

Employers in China value the experience and skills Chinese students gain while studying in the UK. HR executives from major employers in China said that UK graduates are highly sought after for their overseas experience and critical thinking skills.

There are currently over 100,000 Chinese students undertaking higher education courses in the UK. A recent British Council survey found that the top advantages of a UK education for these graduates are a global perspective, creative ways of thinking, problem solving skills, cross-cultural communication skills, and improved English language capability. 

Significantly, 95 per cent of UK alumni found a job within six months after their return to China, of which 75 per cent spent less than three months job hunting. Sixty five per cent of UK alumni agreed that their salary increased after studying in the UK.

Mr Wu Huanyu, Head of Public Relations at MasterCard China, commented:

“It’s not so much the course that matters, but rather the international experience and outlook students gain while studying in the UK. A UK education really gives students a chance to develop their critical thinking skills, which is a great asset in the jobs market.”

Graduate employability is a key focus for any university wishing to retain and attract top quality students and the British Council is committed to supporting UK institutions in achieving this goal. Events such as these career development workshops highlight the UK as an attractive study destination and build on its strong reputation among Chinese employers.