Working in China After Graduation

Planning to join the Chinese labor market after graduating from a Chinese university? As a student at a Chinese institution, joining the Chinese workforce might seem daunting, particularly if you are taking courses remotely outside of China thanks to Covid.

China Admissions is not a career counseling service, but we are dedicated to assisting students in all phases of the university application process and beyond. For this reason, we have examined the applicable legislation and given a number of tools for international students interested in finding employment in China.

Upon graduating from a Chinese institution, here is all the information you will need to successfully navigate the Chinese labor market and find employment in China.

Can Graduates Find Employment in China? Everything that is a Law!

If you want to join the Chinese job market once you graduate, there are a few things you need to know.

A minimum of two years of work experience is required in addition to a Bachelor's degree from a Chinese institution in order to qualify for a work visa in China.

Top Chinese school graduates who want to find employment in certain Shanghai or Zhuhai free trade zone zones are exempt from this requirement. Check with your school or a respected visa service to be sure this is the right route.

Earning a Master's degree in China allows you to enter the workforce without waiting the required two years.

To combine full-time study with full-time employment is a violation of the law.

Only graduates searching for full-time employment need be concerned with these statutes. Internships and work studies in China are available to students with an X visa.

Get Ready to Enter the Chinese Job Market

Getting ready to graduate? Make sure you have these things in place beforehand.

Think about where you want to work. Will it be China, or somewhere else?

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Advice from Industry Insiders for Chinese College Graduates

Because to Covid, I was able to apply for and get internship, full-time, and freelance employment offers from Chinese firms despite my current location outside of China. Listed below are some of my recommendations:

Do your homework in advance

Get started a year or more in advance by perusing job postings and company announcements in your desired sector of employment if you know what you want to do. Pay attention to the qualifications that modern employers are seeking in job applications. From there, you may start making plans for your future and acquiring the knowledge and experience you'll need to craft the ideal resume.

For instance, if you know that hiring managers in your industry prefer candidates with Photoshop experience, you should begin studying Photoshop on your own before applying for relevant employment.

Second, create an impressive resume.

Here you may acquire free example templates, find out the difference between a CV and a Resume, and read about the requirements for each. also provides a free résumé builder.

A resume should include...

Sample of your professional headshot

Discuss your experiences in school, job, and community service.

Expose your special abilities.

Not too much text, therefore it's easy to read

Specially formatted for the job you're applying for References (past employers or professors who can give you a good review if needed)

zero typos or misspellings

It's OK to have a resume be no longer than two pages. A resume less than a page and a half is a red flag that you lack the necessary work experience to apply for employment.

Third, you should study Chinese!

If you want to break into the Chinese labor market, you must have this. The ability to speak Chinese at the HSK 4 level or higher will provide you a significant edge in the job market, even if it is not strictly necessary. Working in China requires a working knowledge of the Chinese language.

Keep in mind that Chinese students who have studied abroad and picked up English will also be vying with you for employment. Having a command of both English and Chinese is a hidden qualification for high-paying positions in China.

You should study Chinese!

It's unlikely that the first job you apply for will hire you. Not even the twentiest or fiftieth time, maybe. However, you should expect a response if you have solid grades and appropriate work experience. You must be persistent. Always keep in mind that your CV is not the only arbiter of your value. If you need assistance in your job search, don't hesitate to ask for it from your peers, former employers, teachers, and the career services office at your school.

If you've applied to hundreds of jobs but haven't heard back, it may be time to reevaluate your skills, Chinese proficiency, and educational background to determine what you can do to improve your chances of getting hired.

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