Each year, the SBA produces about 4000 graduates of all levels of degree programs. The University has a Career Placement Center specializing in learners’ career placement and development. The SBA also has developed a systematic support system to promote learners’ career development. The SBA careers services include: (1) Career development guidance – this is to provide all-round career development service for SBA students, such as personal career planning, career aptitude testing, etc.; (2) Career development training and consultancy – this includes organizing lectures, offering condensed courses, providing training sessions on some workplace skills such as professional ethics, and organizing on-site visits and internship. The SBA has established more than 70 internship bases and 10 research bases with our alumni firms and held more than 50 career development seminars and 40 alumni sharing sessions in 2020.  (3) Job fairs – the SBA careers service staff and offices help employers organize designated job fairs on campus for our SBA students.  (4) Employer survey – we attach great importance to understanding the expectations of employers for our graduates. The School tracks changes in their demand for SBA graduates through establishing strategic partnerships with employers and conducting employer surveys on a regular basis.


Career services are considered as a job not just for the career development offices and staff, but for every SBA member. For example, in the year 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduates were faced with extra difficulties of job searching. Under such circumstance, all faculty and staff members volunteered to help with the career services job. They actively collected available job vacancy information and contacted potential employers. During the job-searching season of 2020, more than 150 job opening information were offered by the SBA faculty and staff members, which is considered as a critical contribution to the SBA’s satisfying employment rate of the newly graduates.


Table 1 explains what support is provided at each stage for the undergraduate learners. Learners at different stages have different perception and cognition of business, workplace, and career development. Therefore, different support and help are required for different stages. With this career development support system, we walked with our undergraduate learners through the whole process and prepare them for the future career.

Table 1 The SBA Career Development Support for Undergraduate Learners

Stage

Goal

Objectives

Activities

Freshman year

Initial career orientation

and self-exploration stage

to develop a self-understanding

and positioning;

to develop an understanding of

their discipline field;

Seminars

 

Training sessions

 

Alumni navigation

program

 

Group therapy

 

Job-searching

simulation

 

Internship

 

Job fair

Sophomore year

Career planning and

self-quality promotion

to improve leaners’ 

self-positioning;

to career development planning,

to have a better understanding

of business and workplace;

Junior year

Career practice

to improve professional ability,

comprehensive quality and

job-searching skills;

to be mentally prepared

for employment;

Senior year 

Employment

to collect and provide employment

information and service;

to help relieve

employment pressure.

Compared to undergraduate learners, postgraduate learners are more mature in perception, cognition and self-awareness. They have stronger mindset and skillset, and have a clearer picture of their career planning. Therefore, support system for postgraduate learners covers three functions: (1) general job-searching skill training, such as resume preparation and interview skills; (2) career path-targeted support: academia, industry and civil service. For example, successful graduates are invited to share their experience of searching for job in higher education institutions and business, and civil service examinations; (3) information service: The School releases internship and job vacancies on Career Placement platform regularly. Job fairs and company presentations are organized to bring the job market to the campus.  


Some of the SBA employers

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