First International careers website takes centre stage at National conference London 26 June 2013

Issue date: 05 June 2013


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Gradlink UK, the first ever web based careers information resource designed especially for Chinese, Malaysian and Indian graduates that was developed at UWE Bristol, will take centre stage at Chopsticks Club International Careers Fair in London on 26 June 2013.

Gradlink UK is a unique specialist careers website linking employers with Chinese, Indian and Malaysian students who are studying across the UK and are looking to work in their home country. It is a service for students across the UK and is free for all.

David Gee, Global Careers Consultant at UWE and mastermind behind the development of Gradlink UK says, “The abolition of the post study work visa has meant that many international students have to leave the UK on graduation. This site is a direct positive response to help connect international students with graduate employers in their own country and across the world. Businesses are invited to advertise vacancies and opportunities and the graduates can put up individual profiles. There are also extensive advice sections.

The Chopsticks Club 'Skills for the Future' event will be attended by Mandarin speaking professionals and graduates from across the world. Keynote speaker will be his right hon. David Willetts MP. David Gee continues, “It's a fantastic endorsement of Gradlink that this prestigious careers event has rated this unique resource highly enough to be the official student website partner. The website is the result of working closely with major graduate employers in each country, and we now have links with over 100 companies with an interest in the USPs that a UK-educated graduate can offer.

“We are delighted that many other UK Universities including Oxford University, Manchester, UCL and Edinburgh have linked to the site.”

In addition to this GradLink UK plans to run a social media campaign on 'Weibo' around the event. Weibo is the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, and this'Weibonar' will enable Chinese students from across the world to discuss their careers aspirations and find out more about graduate opportunities.

The social media will be co-delivered by UWE Bristol graduate intern Xiaohuu Zhong who will converse with Chinese students in Mandarin about the opportunities highlighted at the Chopsticks Club event. Speaking about the involvement in the Weibonar Xiaohua comments, “It is great to be involved in the Weibonar. We already have over 1,800 followers and we hope to use the event to build awareness of Gradlink UK amongst Chinese students.”

Please follow the links to the country specific Gradlink pages; China, India and Malaysia.

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