"Any student of Chinese knows the importance that “chengyu” (成语) plays in the language. In just a few characters, Chinese speakers can communicate profound and complex messages. To me, few expressions offer greater wisdom and value than 摸着石头过河 (crossing the river by touching the stones). This expression was made famous in China in the late 1970’s when Deng Xiaoping used it to explain the piloting of reforms in China’s planned economy. It is unlikely that Mr. Deng ever intended the expression to be used to describe students’ career development, nevertheless on a micro-level it’s a perfect fit.
|Career Day 2013|
This year the hiring market in China was particularly competitive, with seven million fresh graduates competing for 15% fewer jobs that last year. Despite such challenges, HNC students found opportunities in a variety of industries with many influential organizations, including, the US Embassy in Beijing, Apple, Conoco Phillips, Goldman Sachs, Research Institute of China Studies (Mumbai), KPMG, and others. With strong research, analysis, and communication skills, HNC students continue to leverage their education to find professional success.
In looking at next year, Career Services will continue to grow and expand at the HNC. Alumni Weekend, Career Day, and our Career Treks will continue to provide students with opportunities to engage employers and learn about various industries. Alumni panels, recruitment visits, and workshops afford students the chance to develop professionally. One piece of advice I will offer incoming HNC students is to get experience in a work environment. The classroom alone is unlikely to provide you with the experience you need to help define your career interest or to be competitive for internships/full-time positions. There are internship opportunities here in Nanjing, and so while you’re here studying take advantage of local opportunities."