China Careers: Opportunity and the Middle Kingdom

In recent years, China has risen to become an economic and technological superpower with ever-increasing political clout in the global arena. Learning Chinese and studying the country’s history and culture used to be considered a niche academic exercise; but following China’s meteoric rise, nothing could be more applicable in any sector.

How does China’s growing global importance affect opportunities for students to build a career around China? What skills and experiences does it take to pursue a “China career”? And what is it really like to work in China?

The Thomas Wade Society (a Cambridge alumni society for Chinese Studies) is bringing together a diverse group of alumni from its network to discuss these and more questions as part of an inaugural “China Careers Event”. Following opening remarks by former British Ambassador to China and patron of the society, Sir William Ehrman, speakers will share their journeys from graduates of Chinese Studies to professionals working on China-related issues in institutions and sectors as wide ranging as the European Commission, business intelligence, food and beverage, and management consulting.

Whether you have been studying Chinese or are simply interested in the idea of working in one of the most rapidly changing countries in the world - come along on 26 November to find out more about China and meet experienced Cambridge alumni.

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China Careers: Opportunity and the Middle Kingdom

Monday 26 November 14:30-16:30
Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies: Rooms 8-9
Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge

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Agenda:

14:30 Introductory remarks by Sir William Ehrman (former British Ambassador to China)
14:45 Alumni speakers
- Guy Chambers (Swire)
- Danielle Vrublevskis (S-RM)
- Neil Taylor (Martin Randall Travel)
15:30 Panel discussion/Q&A moderated by Dr Heather Inwood (lecturer in Chinese Studies)
16:00 Networking

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The Thomas Wade Society was founded in 2009 as the University of Cambridge Chinese Studies Alumni Society. Until 2016 the society was dormant, when the Class of 2016 decided to rebuild the society into something new that could bring faculty members, alumni and friends of the faculty together. While emphatically an alumni society, we see the promotion of the study of China, Chinese language and building links with the region as a key goal. We not only hope to establish and maintain a strong relationship between the Faculty of Chinese and its alumni, but also wish to bring together people with an interest in China and encourage, or even enable, graduates of Chinese to pursue work in or related to China.

If you have further interest in the society, or would like to help out, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our committee at thewadesociety@gmail.com
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