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									Issue No.5 DECEMBER 2008

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Career Development is an ongoing process,
it’s never too late or too early to start planning your career today!
Explore the opportunities and services we offer:

Local Graduate Job Opportunities
Job Board – Exclusive for PolyU students! Hot Jobs Corner for Final Year Students

Offshore Internship Opportunities
Mainland Internship Student Stories: Getting started in China, Eyes on Asia Hold on Straight to the End Widening your horizons through internship experience in the Chinese Mainland

Career Education
Aptitude Test is… About our Career Education and Training Programmes Dr. Career‘s column

Work-Integrated Education (WIE )
Some Commonly Asked Questions about WIE

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Local Graduate Job Opportunities
Looking for job opportunities?

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Go to our JOB BOARD – exclusive for PolyU students!
The main goal of the JOB BOARD in CareerNet is to provide you with a chance to connect with the prospective employers from different industries and to provide employers with an efficient and hassle-free way to find qualified candidates for full-time, part-time and internship positions. Whether you are new to the campus, or you are in your final year thinking about the imminent need to search for graduate employment opportunities, you are also encouraged to browse our JOB BOARD which is designed to facilitate your job search regularly.
Note: Students of graduating class 2009 could view the postings on JOB BOARD until 1 year after their graduation. JOB BOARD: www.polyu.edu.hk/sao/jobboard

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

Starting from January 2009, all incoming job postings will only be shown in our JOB BOARD and not in the Student Portal. What you need to do immediately is to –

Bookmark the page of JOB BOARD and keep yourself alert of the hot jobs available TODAY!

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Hot Jobs Corner for Final Year Students
Below are some of the hot jobs that are available here, right now...
Company Position

There are far more choices in front of you than what you have expected!
Job Details & Application Application Deadline

Ogilvy & Mather

The Graduate 360 Fellowship Programme Account Executives The Graduate 360 Fellowship Programme Creatives

30 April 2009

Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd. PCCW The Jardine Engineering Corporation Ltd. Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd.

Graduate Engineer Graduate Development Program Management Trainee Assistant Technical Analyst - Software Development - Production Services Graduate Trainee – Service & Technical Sales Simply browse our JOB BOARD in CareerNet by using your PolyU student Net ID and password!

31 March 2009 22 February 2009 16 January 2009

Hewlett-Packard HK SAR Ltd.

31 December 2008

Wan Chung Construction Co Ltd. Zoth Media

Graduate Engineer Management Trainee PR and Marketing Trainee Technology Trainee

24 December 2008 22 December 2008

If you have secured an interview for the above positions, you are strongly encouraged to contact Ms. Bowie Mok at 3400 3766 at once, so that we could provide you with a personal coaching service to prepare you for the interview and help you clinch the job.

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Aptitude Test is…

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There is a growing use of aptitude test as part of the job recruitment process. How much do you know the role of aptitude test?
Practice makes perfect Books on Aptitude Test

Aptitude Test is an assessment tool that attempts to determine and measure a person‘s ability to acquire, through future training, some specific set of skills in a standardized way. The tests assume that people differ in their special abilities and that these differences can be useful in predicting future achievements. They are increasingly used by major employers in their recruitment and screening process.

Join the “Mastering Aptitude Test in Job Application” 1. The Aptitude Test Workbook training offered by CPS. 2. Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test
Free on-line practice

3. Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Tests 4. Test Your Numerical Aptitude 5. Test Your Own Aptitude 6. How to Prepare for the Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Tests 7. Vocabulary builder and verbal aptitude test guide 8. Career, Aptitude and Selection Tests

Get more experience of various types of questions through the following references for your aptitude test preparation. Try the following aptitude tests and familiarize yourself with their format at once! 1. GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) Verbal and Quantitative Tests and more 2. Computer Aptitude Test 3. Medical Entrance, Engineering Entrance Tests

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About our Career Education and Training Programmes
To help students plan their career development and acquire comprehensive job search skills, we have been offering different types of training, workshops and seminars to cater for the various needs of students and to respond to the requirements in the job market.

Here are some encouraging feedbacks from students who joined our workshop series last semester… “The Aptitude tests given in the workshop are good practice.” We will continue to provide you with quality training that prepares you for the job search. At the same time, we welcome your suggestion and input so that we can adjust the training contents to fit your needs. Simply send us your comment and suggestion through sacareer@inet.polyu.edu.hk
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Year 3, BBA (Hons) Degree in International Shipping and Transport Logistics, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Faculty of Business

“I learnt how to express my strengths in different ways in my resume.”

Our training schedule of January and February in Semester 2 has been released. Check out more details NOW!
Year 1, BSc (Hons) in Property Management, Department of Building and Real Estate

“I’m so happy to know that I can practise what my interviewing skills I’ve learnt on my own with the InterviewStream provided by Careers and Placement Services Section of SAO. You can practise endlessly.”

Year 1, BSc (Hons) in Surveying, Department of Building and Real Estate

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Don’t hesitate, consult Dr. Career AT ONCE !

Do you know that an employer may initially spend less than thirty seconds reviewing your cover letter and resume on average? To save your cover letter and resume from going to the recycle bin, Dr. Career is here to answer some of the common questions you may raise …
Q. Do I need to send a cover letter if it is not specifically stated in the job ad?
Dr.

Q. What font type and size should I use while for matting my letter?
Dr.

Well – yes. Why not be more professional when applying for job? Always send a cover letter with your resume.

Q. How many pages would be appropriate for a fresh graduate’s resume?
Dr.

Use a font which is not too big or too small. Preferably use the same font in both the resume and cover letter. Use a conservative business font type like Times New Roman or Arial. The size should be between 10pt to 12pt. Print the cover letter on a white paper in black ink. Make sure your cover letter and resume are typo free. Otherwise, they will fall into the recycle bin!
If you have any questions related to your future career or you are looking for a solution to overcome job search obstacles, you are welcome to send your questions to Dr. Career at sacareer@inet.polyu.edu.hk and I will have them answered in the next issue of CareerNet newsletter. Remember, I am always here to help.

No more than two pages, and in fact, if you can put every thing you have to say in one page, that will be ideal. Your resume should be precise and concise – show only the most relevant contents to your target reader. If something is not important - it does not deserve the space in your resume. But do not try to reduce the font size to fit everything in one page - never use a font size of below 10 points.

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Mainland Internship Student Stories:
Getting started in China, Eyes on Asia
Every year, SAO offers students the offshore internship opportunities to broaden their global outlook and strengthen their cultural awareness. Feedback from students has been mostly positive and many confirmed that they have improved their adaptability, dependability, teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills etc. Some also suggested that the internship plays an important role in their career planning. Let’s listen to what they say…

“I do not plan to start my career in my own country after graduation. Rather, I am looking for a position in China or a job that is closely related to China. My career objective is to develop my career in Asia area.” To achieve this objective, Andreas Valdemar Franson, a Swedish student, realized the importance of mastering Chinese and the ability to converse in Putonghua. At present, Andreas is studying at PolyU majoring in Fashion & Textiles, and prior to coming to Hong Kong, he had lived in Beijing for 2 years to learn Chinese. Although he has no problem in communicating in Putonghua, he found that he needs further practice in order to achieve high degree of fluency for communication in the business context.
“To sharpen my competitive edge in finding a job in China, I believe the fluency of Putonghua is a must. That’s why I would like to find a summer placement in China during which I can practise more, whether it is to speak, listen, read or write.”
Urge for Learning Opportunity

“As a Sales Associate, having strong initiative is very important. I tried to take a more proactive approach in serving customers. I greeted them in Putonghua with a big smile and showed them outfits or clothes that would possibly suit them… Since there were not many foreign customers in the mall, I was really outstanding and sometimes got mistaken as the Shop Manager. Most of the customers were surprised at first, but they all appreciated my enthusiasm and were willing to talk to me…From the internship experience, I had learned much about the purchasing style of Chinese customers, and confirmed my belief about the importance in mastering Putonghua for a successful future career.”

Through the coordination by SAO, Andreas secured a placement in a well-known department store in Beijing in summer 2008.

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Mainland Internship Student Stories:
Hold on Straight to the End
“I am so glad that PolyU offers internship programme for students to work in China which is a valuable opportunity that I would never miss. Difficulties are inevitable, but I believe I can tackle all the challenges.”
Jossue Adalberto Gonzalez Rodarte, from Mexico, is studying Industrial and System

Engineering in his first year. It would indeed be a challenge for a foreigner who is not proficient in Chinese to stay and work in China for two months.
“To prepare for the placement, I tried to practise Putonghua word by word everyday. In Beijing, for allocation of internship post, I needed to attend an interview in Putonghua… Even the interviewer, my supervisor at the placement organization, was surprised that I was able to talk to her directly without seeking help from other teammates… The determination I hold in mastering Putonghua will lead me through all the obstacles lying ahead.”
Share joys and sorrows

“Of course there were challenges. The placement organization had arranged a series of training for us in preparation for the internship. I found that quite difficult to pick up as all the training materials were in Chinese. Luckily, I’ve got a group of Hong Kong students to help me translate the document.” “The placement experience was so unforgettable. It not only let me experience the work style in the Mainland, but more importantly, I had developed true friendship with the group of Hong Kong students I worked with during that two months. They always gave me a hand which helped me easily adapted to the living style in Beijing.”

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Widening your horizons through internship experience in the Chinese Mainland
Internship experience in the Chinese mainland can be valuable for future career development. In the past year, over 740 students secured internship opportunities in major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Xian, Hangzhou, etc. through the coordination and support by their academic departments and SAO. Most of them had come back with fruitful experience that exceeded what they expected. SAO offers internship opportunities in the Chinese mainland and overseas through the ‘Preferred Graduate’ Development Programme. If you are interested in having some outside Hong Kong work experience, register NOW through ePortfolio.
To strengthen your proficiency in Putonghua for the preparation of joining Mainland internship in summer 2009 – Join the classes offered by CBS. The next round of registration will be open from 1st to 2nd week of next semester. Register via LEP Enrolment System AT ONCE!

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Some Commonly Asked Questions about WIE
I am planning to find a part-time job in the spring semester for fulfillment of WIE requirements, would I need any approval? Where can I seek help to find part-time job for fulfillment of WIE? Do I need to prepare for anything in order to be successful in finding a part-time job? I heard that SAO organizes summer internship in the Chinese mainland and overseas. How can I apply and can internship provided by SAO be counted as WIE?

Your academic department determines the WIE requirements of your programme. You must consult your department’s WIE coordinator and seek approval from department before you accept any self-sourced internship. Under no circumstances, you should not start your WIE internship without prior communication with your department’s WIE coordinator nor without attending pre-internship training.

You can talk to WIE coordinator of your academic department and they will assist you in your search for part-time jobs or internship for fulfillment of WIE. Employers who need some temporary or part-time help in January-April may also approach SAO for assistance to find students. SAO will post the details of vacancies in her Job Board. You are encouraged to check out the list of job postings and select ones that are relevant to your background.

You need to be prepared that application for part-time or temporary jobs may require the submission of resume. You may need to attend a phone or personal interview in some cases. You are encouraged to attend Pre-placement Training arranged by SAO to get yourself equipped with some basic job search skills. You can find the training schedule here.

For internship opportunities in the Chinese mainland and overseas that are organized by SAO, please click here to find out more about the ‘Preferred Graduate’ Development Programme. More details about summer 2009 will be out soon, do keep an eye on communication materials issued by SAO. Remember that you should always seek WIE approval from department before you accept any SAO-sourced internship.

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