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Mandarin Consulting Presentation 2015

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Mandarin Consulting Presentation 2015

  1. 1. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Sussex University 25th November 2015
  2. 2. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd MANDARIN CONSULTING Eric Waley Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge Barrister at Law – Hong Kong, - UK Now – Coach for Mandarin Consulting
  3. 3. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd MANDARIN CONSULTING Job Opportunities for Chinese Students and Graduates in the UK
  4. 4. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Why are you here? . . . • Determined to work for an International company? • Considering all options including International companies? • Confused about career options and choices? • Just need to get out of the cold!
  5. 5. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd This Seminar Covers . . . . • What opportunities are there in the UK? • A little practical help • The recruitment process – what Chinese candidates find difficult • Who are Mandarin Consulting and what do they do?
  6. 6. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Job Opportunities for Chinese Students and Graduates in the UK
  7. 7. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd UK’s leading employers will hire 8.1% more graduates than were recruited during 2014. The largest growth in vacancies is expected at public sector organisations, accounting & professional services firms, banking & finance employers, retailers, which together intend to recruit over 1,200 extra graduates in 2015. The largest recruiters of graduates in 2015 will be Teach First (2,060 vacancies), PwC (1,570 vacancies) and Deloitte (1,100 vacancies). Recruiters have confirmed that 31% of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations, either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work. Together, the UK’s top employers have received 6% more graduate job applications so far, compared with the equivalent period in the 2013-2014 recruitment round
  8. 8. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Graduate Schemes in International Companies What are they? . . . . • A job! – usually paying in excess of £25,000 per year • A unique opportunity to be trained while working – probably the most important training in your life • Usually results in a professional qualification often recognised internationally
  9. 9. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Graduate Schemes in International Companies What are they (continued)? . . . . • The foundation for a fast track career • Exposure to global ideas and methods, an opportunity to work alongside experts • Open for applications all the year round but principally in the period September to December • Often independent of degree major . . . . . but competitive
  10. 10. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Internships in International Companies What are they? . . . . • Working in a company usually for 2 to 8 weeks in the summer vacation (but other variations exist!) • Opportunity to try out a sector/company • Understanding how international companies operate • Opportunity to develop “competencies” and strengthen CV • Often results in a graduate scheme job! . . . . . but also competitive
  11. 11. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd What Other Useful Experience is There? (Remember: Develop Your Competencies) Voluntary Work • Inside your University – (Union, CSSA etc) • Outside your University - Many different opportunities - Chance to improve your English - Available all the year round
  12. 12. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd A Little Practical Help
  13. 13. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Selected UK Sectors • Investment banking • Accounting • Property • Legal • Management consulting • IT services • Automotive • Aerospace • Technology • Pharmaceuticals • Medical • FMCG • Energy . . . and there are others
  14. 14. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Plan Out Your Job Seeking A Typical Job-Seeking Plan . . . . FebJan Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Graduate Scheme Applications Graduate Scheme Interviews and Assessments Graduate Scheme Applications Graduate Scheme Interviews and Assessments Graduate Scheme Job Offers Voluntary work/part time job/internship? Competencies CompetenciesGraduate Schemes
  15. 15. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Practical Help from Mandarin Consulting . . . On the Mandarin Consulting website:  Job Seeking information and tips  Weekly Graduate Scheme and Internship update (Our website: http://uk.mcilcn.com)  Book a session with a coach to discuss career possibilities Voluntary work: (Many resources on the internet – eg timebank.org.uk)
  16. 16. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd The Recruitment Process Steps Chinese Candidates Find Difficult
  17. 17. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Senior interview Typical Job Application Process Online tests Application JOB!! CV Covering Letter Interview Assessment Centre This is a SELLING process
  18. 18. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd What do we mean by “Selling”? You need to understand both these parts Matching: The Requirements Of The Job Your Skills And Attributes to
  19. 19. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd “This car is the safest in Europe” Automobile Association Benefit Specification This car has 0.5mm steel box sections front and rear with shear stiffeners at 150mm centres allowing high energy crumple zone absorption together with side bars . . . Sell on Benefits not Specification
  20. 20. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd What attributes are companies looking for. . . ?
  21. 21. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd • Hard working • Loyal • Carry out orders effectively • Know their place in the structure • Obedient • Contacts (Guanxi) . . . . . And others Chinese International • Motivated • Team worker • Potential leader • Good communicator • Questioning • Having fun at work! . . . . . And others There are clear differences in requirements. . . Attributes Companies Look For
  22. 22. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Organisations are Looking for Key Competencies These Include: • Motivation and drive • Leadership and teamwork • Communication and persuasion skills • Genuine motivation behind your application • Individuality and innovation • Problem solving abilities • Awareness of the business world and implications • The “Ah HA!!” factor How do Organisations Test for Competencies? . . . – something outstanding
  23. 23. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd By Asking “Competency” Questions . . . . Typical competency-based questions start . . . Describe a time when you . . . Give an example of . . . . Describe how you . . Tell me about a situation . . These questions aim to probe your abilities and skills in a practical setting
  24. 24. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Examples of Competency Questions . . . . • Give me an example of a problem you have faced in the past. How did you solve the problem? • Tell me about a time when you taught someone else something • Describe a situation where you inspired others to meet a common goal • Tell me about a time when you worked successfully as part of a team
  25. 25. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Answering a Competency Question • Think of the purpose of the question • Formulate your answer to address this purpose • Use the STAR method to structure your answer Tell me about a time when you were unsuccessful • That you like trying different things • Adventurous • Test for innovation, resilience • Learning from mistakes Purposes might include . . .
  26. 26. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Competency Questions Motivational Questions General Questions Commercial Awareness Questions Four Types of Question . . . √
  27. 27. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Another Inevitable Question: Why do you want to join our organisation? The Matching Is Between Your Requirements And What The Organisation Offers You need to be clear what your requirements are . . . (This is a motivational type question) It tests your knowledge of the company
  28. 28. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Some Examples of Requirements • High value, intensive training • Working with world recognised experts • Rapid assignment of responsibility . . . . . And there are others This is a better way of answering this question!
  29. 29. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd General Questions . . . . • Tell me about yourself • What is your main weakness (area for improvement)? • Why did you choose the university you went to? • What cartoon character would you be and why? Asda • What would you do if you were the only survivor of an air crash? Airbnb These need to be thought through
  30. 30. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Other, General Questions . . . . • How many cars are there in the UK? Barclays • How many tennis balls are used during Wimbledon? Accenture • Describe the colour yellow to a blind person. Spirit Airlines These have been asked in interviews recently These test your thinking process
  31. 31. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Examples of Commercial Awareness Questions . . . • Give me an example of a company that is doing well. Why is it doing well? • Tell me about an item you’ve read in the news. How do you think this will impact our organisation? What do you think we should do about it? • How have oil prices moved recently? What impact do you think this will have on businesses? . . . . . . and there are others
  32. 32. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd A Commercial Awareness Example . . . Give me an example of a company that is doing well. Why is it doing well? From “The Economist”
  33. 33. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Mandarin Consulting – What We Do . . . WE CHANGE PEOPLES’ LIVES By helping them to get challenging and satisfying careers
  34. 34. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd How Does Mandarin Consulting Do This? . . . • Understand their potential • Find opportunities to match their potential • Apply successfully for those opportunities Only for Chinese students and graduates . . . . . . through a one to one coaching programme
  35. 35. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd We Are Well Positioned to Help You . . . In our London office . . . . . Or in our Beijing office . . . . . . . . . Or in our New York office
  36. 36. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd Why Can Mandarin Consulting Help YOU? • We have had over 2,500 candidates pass through our programme to get into international companies • We have a highly experienced coaching team with a deep understanding of international recruitment Some Facts!
  37. 37. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd The Mandarin Consulting Core Coaching Team
  38. 38. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd The Job Seeking Skills Equation . . . ACADEMIC LEVEL JOBSEEKING SKILLS JOB LEVEL ACADEMIC LEVEL JOBSEEKING SKILLS JOB LEVEL
  39. 39. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd The Cathay Association China Students Career and Education Expo 2015 Attention! Attention! These companies are looking for Chinese graduates!! 28th November 2015 – Central London . . . . and many others! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/china-students-career-education-expo-2015-tickets-17654465983
  40. 40. © Copyright Mandarin Consulting Ltd THE END Mandarin Consulting 北京海淀区中关村善缘街1号立方庭2-609室 电话:+86 10 8244 7189 邮件: mandarinconsultant@yeah.net 网站:www.mcilcn.com 223a High Street Kensington, London W8 6SG Tel: +44 20 73761037 Email: info@mandarinconsultant.com Website: uk.mcilcn.com Nurturing talent Building confidence Developing passion Assisting in self-discovery Gaining life skills Bridging cultural differences

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