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Chinese employers value graduates who have experience abroad

by Ray Clancy on December 17, 2018

Studying abroad appears to give graduates an edge in the job market in China, particularly if overseas graduates have acquired soft skills, English proficiency and in-demand technical skills, says a new report.

A survey of 350 employers who recruit overseas educated graduates by the British Council has found that those with overseas experience are regarded as having strong advantages in several areas where employers are facing skills gaps.

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In particular, they are regarded as being more creative, having better interpersonal and communication skills and being stronger at problem solving and analytical thinking.

Employers also saw overseas graduates as better than their local counterparts across a wide range of hard skills, with the strongest advantages in IT skills and digital marketing, according to the research carried out in China.

However, employers did report some disadvantages of overseas educated employees. Some said that local graduates were easier to manage and had better knowledge of the local market and overseas educated employees also have a better range of job opportunities, which could cause their current employers to see them as less loyal. [click to continue…]

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