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Advice on Career Development

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1. Academic Study:
       a. Study hard for a good GPA and honors degree to compete for jobs or entry into a future PhD program. Certain employers, particularly in China, will look at GPA when considering  whether to hire applicants.
      b. Taking relevant elective courses and learn on your own to enrich the professional knowledge needed for your intended career track.
      c.  Read professionals, newspapers and articles in your targeted career field.
      d. Take advantage of Vault online career library for industry and employer information.
2. Self-Assessment:
     a. Begin the self-assessment process in your first year to better understand your                career inclinations. You can use Holland Vocational interest
     b. Talk to professionals in your interest field to obtain insight, advice and feedback               on your career ambitions.
    c. Attend career/industry talks to gather more pertinent information.

3. Networking:
According to a survey by LinkedIn, where 85% of all jobs are filled via networking and according to a survey by Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the wall street journal regarding HR supervisors and job seekers, 61% of the HR supervisors and 78% of the job hunters  tend to regard networking as the most effective way for talent allocation. 
a. Meet new friends and friends of friends.
b. Expand your personal network actively (including attending events organized        by different student associations.
c. Get to know several professors or your supervisors at work on a more          personal level so that you can invite them to be your referees  when needed. 

4. Activites & Internships: 
a. Explore and participate in campus activities, seek ways to develop your potential.
b. Take up leadership roles in at least one activites, continue to sharpen your leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills, which are all important for your job hunting.
c. You are not permitted to pursue an internship in your first year, but you can start preparation for them, especially those related to your career choices. 
4. A quality internship is often the make-or-break in the hiring process. Start looking for internship opportunities early on, and don't accept something you're not genuinely excited about.
5. Resume Preparation: Resume/CV
(Please see the section about resumes for further details about this section)

6. Other tips:
a. As an international student, fluency in Chinese is always beneficial when       searching for jobs and careers here in China. Start to learn Chinese and get to know China and Chinese culture early on. Companies are always searching for global talent.
b. Analyzing your own talents and abilities, always be confident and have a good work ethic.
c. Check your school email regularly and all the PHBS announcements would be sent there. This would include internship/job opportunities. 
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