September 15, 2012
From September 13-14, 2012, a group of UChicago undergraduates, grad students, and new alumni toured Beijing during the University of Chicago Office of Career Advancement’s first general career trek to Asia. The group visited numerous workplaces of alumni and friends of the University to gain an understanding of what it takes to build a career in China. The students stopped by the offices of alums or heard from speakers in the areas of consulting, elite education prep, finance, pharmaceutical research, restaurant development, mobile app development, venture capital, and GPS software development. The career trek was focused on entrepreneurship, and many of the speakers related their past entrepreneurial experiences to the group. As the autumn academic quarter had not yet started, students converged on Beijing from homes in China, wider Asia, and the United States to attend the trek.
Rachael Ward, Associate Director of Experiential Education at the Office of Career Advancement, planned and co-led the trip; Marthe Druska, the Office’s Director of Operations and Marketing, also helped lead the student group. The trek is part of a growing number of internship opportunities and more specific “UChicago Careers In…” program-related career treks offered in Asia via the Office of Career Advancement.