Are Employability Experiences of Chinese La Trobe Alumni in China as Winding as The Great Wall of China?

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China Studies Research Centre Seminar Series

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Thursday 17 May 2018 02:30 pm until Thursday 17 May 2018 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Jean Zhang
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Dr Jasvir Nachatar Singh
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Chinese international students seek international education primarily to add value and improve their employment opportunities. The recent trend shows that Chinese international students are returning home to seek employment. Little is known on La Trobe Chinese graduates’ employability experiences and their employment prospects in China. Therefore, this research seeks to understand and explore the employment experiences of Chinese La Trobe Alumni with a particular focus on 1) What are the push and pull factors for them to return home for employment purposes? 2) How did they obtain their first and subsequent jobs in China? 3) What were the factors and challenges in getting employed? and 4) Practical employability recommendations to current La Trobe Chinese students. Due to the paucity of research on this topic and also the nature of the study, a qualitative method was adopted in this project. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted in China (Beijing and Shanghai) in August – September 2017 with 19 Chinese La Trobe alumni. This project contributes to the empirical understanding of the employment trends of Chinese graduates, while also providing recommendations on enhancing and facilitating employability skills of current Chinese students to match with the needs of Chinese employment practices and policies.

About the Speaker

Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh, Early Career Development Fellow, Department of Management, Sport and Tourism, La Trobe University.

Dr Singh’s expertise is in higher education with a particular interest on international students and has published journal papers and presented at numerous higher education conferences in Malaysia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Thailand and Australia. In 2017, Dr Singh received a grant from the China Studies Research Centre to explore the employability experiences of La Trobe alumni in China. In 2016, Dr Singh received a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) grant from the La Trobe Learning and Teaching Office. The grant sets to explore undergraduate international students' experiences at La Trobe in a blended learning environment. Dr Singh is a member of ACEN, IEAA and a reviewer for the Malaysian Bulletin of Higher Education as well as the Higher Education Research and Development journal. In 2018, Dr Singh has been appointed as the fellow Researcher at the Malaysian National Higher Education Research Institute. Besides research, Dr Singh also has extensive Australian teaching experiences at La Trobe, Monash and Melbourne University where she has taught range of Management subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


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