Factors contributing to obtaining employment in China: Australian Chinese Graduates experiences

Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh1

1La Trobe, Bundoora, Melbourne

International education provides positive employment outcomes to international graduates. This presentation investigates factors involved in obtaining employment opportunities for Chinese Australian graduates in China. Little is known as to how Chinese international students studying in Australia gain employment upon their return to China. The paper offers new insights into the strategies employed by Australian Chinese graduates in obtaining employment in China. This study is based on semi-structured qualitative interviews with nineteen Chinese graduates who studied at one Australian university and return home to China to seek employment opportunities. The findings highlighted significant web of factors that facilitated Australian Chinese graduates in obtaining successful employment outcomes in China. The factors include Guanxi (social networks-family and friends), non-Guanxi strategies such as uploading resumes on recruitment websites, the importance of overseas qualifications, excellent English proficiency and prior part-time work experiences either in Australia and/or China. The research findings have provided strong evidence that Australian Chinese graduates are employed by foreign direct investment companies, state owned companies, banks and universities upon their return.


Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh is an award winning lecturer at the Department of Management, Sport and Tourism, La Trobe University. Dr Singh has been researching academic success, teaching and learning as well as employability issues relating to international students from Malaysia, Australia and China. Dr Singh has received several top La Trobe University grants and has published in quality higher education journals (mostly Q1) as well as presented her work worldwide.

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