February 17, 2014
From December 17-20, 2013, a group of University of Chicago undergraduates led by Office of Career Advancement staff visited the workplaces of alumni and friends in Beijing and Shanghai to get a sense of the current job market in China. This was the second Career Trek to bring UChicagoans to mainland China (read more about the first Career Trek to Beijing here). The trip was focused on business and entrepreneurship, and many of the student participants are members of the UChicago Careers in Business professional development program.
The 2013 China trek kicked off in Beijing at the beginning of winter break; after two days in Beijing, the students took the train to Shanghai for an additional day of site visits. The group visited a wide range of workplaces, including investment management companies, education consulting companies, a biopharmaceutical company, an environment and economy think tank, and multinational corporations such as Johnson & Johnson and Shell. Students heard alumni career stories, participated in question-and-answer sessions, and toured the workplaces behind-the-scenes.
Career Advancement staff members Sara Bosworth, Associate Director for Experiential Education, and Rachael Ward, Senior Associate Director for Student Preparation and Experiential Education, spearheaded the trek. Students interested in participating in future treks and alumni and friends who wish to welcome a group to their workplaces or speak to students about careers in China can read more about the Career Trek program here.