The way to break through the encirclement of Returned Students

Beijing business daily (reporter Cheng Mingjie, Zhao Boyu) with the advent of the spring recruitment season, recruiters and job seekers have begun to prepare for action. But compared with the majority of domestic college students, under the epidemic situation, how to achieve both study and employment is a big test for many returned students.

“Since last year, my classmates and I have been working hard to get credit for our school courses, trying to return home as soon as possible.” Li Han, a master’s degree student at the University of Ottawa, told Beijing business daily. “When I was in Canada, I was preparing for internship, but affected by the epidemic at that time, many European and American companies were laying off employees or stopping working, and most companies also stopped recruiting interns.”

As a result, Li Han had to re plan his study abroad career and finished his last course in December last year. One of the life changes faced by many international students last year and this year is that they have been disrupted in their study plans and the pace of job hunting. There are not a few international students like Li Han who plan early and return home early.

The severe epidemic situation in foreign countries and the improvement of domestic epidemic prevention and control have stimulated many international students to return home for employment. According to the report on employment of returned Chinese students (hereinafter referred to as the report) recently released by boss, since the second half of 2020, the number of returned talents seeking jobs in China has increased by 103% year on year. In addition, compared with the same period in 2019, the number of returned job seekers also shows a certain trend of high knowledge. Compared with the same period in 2019, the number of talents with master’s and doctor’s degrees in overseas universities has increased, with master’s and doctor’s degrees increasing by 1.6 and 1.2 times respectively.

More and more high-end talents begin to focus on the domestic employment market. According to Chang Meng, President of boss direct employment research institute, the sustained and strong recovery of the domestic economy has also created more employment opportunities, further stimulating the demand of returned students.

The number of returned students is increasing, but there are still many obstacles in the process of job hunting. Li Han told the Beijing Business Daily that compared with domestic fresh graduates, international students lack such channels as large-scale campus job fairs.

In the absence of a job fair, Li Han’s job-hunting also encountered unexpected situations. Some companies cancelled the recruitment plan, while others raised the recruitment threshold. “In previous years, the students who competed with me may be from some ordinary schools, but this year, the proportion of students from famous schools is too large. Many Oxford and Harvard graduates are competing with us for the same positions.”

Li Han admitted that although he encountered all kinds of difficulties in the process of applying for a job, it also forced him to explore more channels to a certain extent. Overseas investment is the main strategy adopted by many international students to apply for jobs on the platform. “My initial job screening is very simple, that is to open the recruitment platform and put in all the similar companies and posts.” After submitting dozens of resumes in succession, he entered the interview process of seven or eight companies, and finally got the position of product manager of an Internet company in Shenzhen.

“Compared with domestic fresh students, foreign students tend to be more active in job-hunting initiative,” Chang Meng pointed out, “which is mainly reflected in the following aspects: more clear job-hunting intention of foreign students, more initiative and pertinence in communicating with recruiters.”

Different from Li Han’s successful entry, another international student, Qi Sen (a pseudonym), seems to have a more bumpy job-hunting road. At present, he is still on the road of looking for a job. His major mismatch and lack of internship experience have become the biggest problems when he is looking for a job. “My postgraduate major is systems science, which is an interdisciplinary subject across computer, economics and electronic engineering, but this major does not belong to pure technology major, and there is no corresponding major in China.” After some consideration, he focused on the financial field, but failed after many interviews.

After his failure, he is retouching his resume. His next step is to change the direction of his job search from a pure financial position to a more comprehensive one. “Since my major is an interdisciplinary subject, I may have a greater competitive advantage in a more comprehensive position.”

For many international students, after experiencing different cultural environments and learning systems, their choice of job-hunting is often based on multi-dimensional considerations, such as hobbies, development, professional matching, and so on. Some jobs and fields have become a hot spot for international students to compete. Beijing Business Daily reporter found from the report that finance, Internet technology and education are the three major types of jobs that returnees choose most intensively.

In addition, with the development and recovery of the domestic economy, more returned talents have entered the real economy. From the specific data, since the second half of 2020, the proportion of overseas returnees choosing manufacturing industry (135%), supply chain / logistics industry (132%) and medical industry (112%) has increased significantly. Chang Meng said that “foreign students have a good performance in language communication ability, international vision and learning sensitivity, which is their competitive advantage.”.

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