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LUMS Global Career Development Programme - Focus Asia

Focus Asia

06 March 2013

Over 100 Asian students from LUMS attended Lancaster University Management School's unique Focus Asia careers event on 23 Februrary. Focus Asia is designed to help Asian students in their exploration of careers opportunities in Asia and the UK.

‌The event, organised by the Careers, Alumni and Employer Relations team, built on the success of last year's Focus China and Thailand events.

Focus Asia was a huge success and was well received by the 100+ students who participated. Delivered in partnership with global employers including Deloitte China, VOITH and Sentient Consulting (India), the event was also supported by the Lancaster China Management Centre (LCMC), Lancaster Indian Centre (LInC), Lancaster University Confucius Institute (LUCI), Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), Indian Society and the emerging National Indian Students’ Union (NISU).

Setting the scene

Professor David Brown, Director of the Lancaster China Management Centre, opened the event. Professor Brown had just returned from receiving the China Education Links Award, presented by UK Trade and Investment North West (UKTI), for the institution which had been most successful in establishing educational links with China. Employability was a central theme to winning the award.

Dr Paul Devadoss, Director of the Lancaster Indian Centre, then introduced the importance of the India agenda for the University. Professor Balasubramanyam, Emeritus Professor in Economics, set the context for Asia, the emerging challenges and opportunities for global student mobility across the region and shared leading research in this area.

A top immigration company was invited to give students an update on the visa and immigration rules related to working in the UK, with appointments available during the afternoon for further individual queries.

LUMS alumni share their experiences

The contributions made by a number of LUMS Asian alumni now working for leading UK global companies proved to be a highlight of the day. Following a networking lunch with the alumni volunteers, the afternoon was spent learning about their stories, including the challenges faced and strategies they adopted to succeed in the competitive jobs market. 

We would like to thank the following alumni: Anand Immanuel Arul (MSc Management, 2011), KPMG; Anitya Bhat (MSc Finance, 2011), CSC; Lucia Gao (MSc Finance, 2010), Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Sara Hasan (MSc Accounting and Financial Management, 2010), Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Danyang Liu (BA Accounting and Finance, 2012), Centrica; Napat Makduangkaew (MA Management and Consulting, 2011), Business & Career Coach; Bhavna Parwani (MSc Management, 2011), KPMG; Tarun Sainani (MSc E-Business & Innovation, 2010), WT Info Tech Ltd; Jing Wang (MSc Finance, 2011), Unique Consultants Ltd; Qing (Sherry) Xie (MSc Accounting and Financial Management, 2010), Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Tingting Zhong (MSc Advanced Marketing Management, 2012), 1st Avenue, and current student Himanish Praharaj (MSc Operational Research and Management Science) starting with Ernst & Young. 

We would also like to thank Xuan Luo, Junior Tax Manager, Deloitte and Jia Ma (MA Educational Research, 2004), Manager Strategic Recruitment & Employer Branding, VOITH (China) and Mr Mohan Lal Menon, Managing Director, Sentient Consulting (India).

Careers and employability support

These sessions were facilitated by Careers staff who then introduced students to the range of careers and employability support available to international students at Lancaster, to give them an edge in the competitive global labour market. These include: leveraging international alumni community networks, 500+ links to direct company recruitment sites overseas, international country profile and industry insights and specially prepared digital video content. Students were invited to prepare their personal global career strategy, identifying key resources they could access to help them make a smoother transition beyond Lancaster.

Louise Briggs, Head of Careers, Alumni and Employer Relations said: “We are delighted to be working with our key strategic partner, Deloitte China, to organise such an important event in our calendar of careers provision to support international students with their global career aspirations.” 

Dr Devadoss and Rory Daly, Placement, Internship and Projects Officer presented certificates and gifts as a thank you to the alumni volunteers, and acknowledged the outstanding efforts of the students, in particular the CSSA, who had played an essential role in helping to organise the event.

Louise went on to say: “We are proud of the achievements of our international alumni and delighted to see so many back on campus, sharing their experiences of work as industry professionals across a range of professional services, investment banking, finance, marketing and technology sectors.”

Pictures of this event can be viewed on our Flickr site.