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"Great Sailing for Wonderful Careers” Season Two – Internship and Job Hunting
Last Modified:  2013-05-25 16:30:33
On the 18th of May, CESL launched season two of the lecture series “Great Sailing for Wonderful Careers” – exchange of experiences with honored graduates. The meeting was hosted by Xia Yan, member of the graduate students’ presidium, and was attended by more than one hundred student from intakes 2011 and 2012. The four guests for the lecture were Li Bo, Chang Le, and Shi Yewei, double masters from intake 2009, and Yang Yang, master in European – international law from intake 2010. With their rich experiences, they engaged in an in-depth discussion and communication about “internship and job hunting” with the rest of the students.

The first speaker was Li Bo, who had represented China University of Political Science and Law participating in international moot courts for many times and who is working for O’Melveny Myers LLP. He started by sharing his intern experience at the International Criminal Court before he encouraged everyone to look for intern opportunities in international organizations, which could be very beneficial to broaden one’s horizon, to improve English language skills and meanwhile to prepare for job hunting. He then came to the relation between internship and study. His counsel to everyone was that soundness in study was the fundamental mission to all students, and it would be unwise to gain internship experience at the suffering of studies. He also advised that everyone should tailor-make a schedule that emphasise on studies while taking internship into consideration as well, which he concluded as “Work as a secretary but think as a CEO.” He believed that, regardless of being an intern or an official employee, we should – apart from fulfilling the ordinary work – try to think about the many problems and issues of the departments, enterprises, and even the industries’ which we work for from a higher, deeper and panorama perspective, for this would not only be a training for better thinking and competence, but also preparatory work for maturity and promotion.

Chang Le was the second speaker. She is working for Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court as an assistant to judges. She held a brief introduction about the content of judicial assistant’s work, and then elaborated on the issues of concerns about career development, promotion process and salary. When talking about “why the court”, she delivered a sober and objective analysis before summarizing the four merits and three downsides of choosing the court. The former included great room for the improvement of personal competence, stable employment, high social status, and good benefits and treatments. The latter referred to high stress of work, relatively low pay, and many administrative tasks. She concluded that both the advantages and disadvantages of working for the court were obvious enough, and that every student should make a choice according to his or her own situation instead of blindly become a civil servant thinking it is the safest bet or be paranoid about being a governmental official as a career, because one must hold a comprehensive, objective and sober attitude towards job hunting.

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Shi Yewei was the next one to speak. He was pursuing doctoral degree in international public law at Peking University. Centering on “to be or not to be a doctor” and “how to prepare for the doctorial entrance examination”, he illustrated the gains and losses of the pursuit, introduced the hardship in preparing for the entrance examination and described his “tough and fulfilling” life as a doctorial student, which offered a direct understanding to all. He closed his speech by admitting that it was indeed not an easy task to take the examination to become a doctorial student, but it was even more difficult to actually be such a student, so people should be sure of two things before making up their minds deciding to start such a pursuit: for one, the interest, because without strong academic interest in the specialized field of study, the pursuit of a doctoral degree might fall short of power, and thus compromising the effect; for the other, personality with genuine integrity, tranquility and diligence, for one should not take on such a path without these qualities.

Yang Yang, who is working for Zhonghe Integrity Financial Advising Company was the last speaker. As a “success who made transition from law”, he delved on the scope of jobs available for law students. He found that the essence of legal education lied in rigorous logic, precise expression, and sense of regulation, which were traits called by many trades. Therefore, a good law student was presented with a wide selection of jobs, and thus needless to confine oneself to law firms and corporate counsels. Under the setting of globalization and capitalization, intellectuals with multidiscipline endowment was in hot demand, so apart from law courses, one should have some knowledge in security, banking, and accounting, perhaps even with relevant certificates, which would be of considerable value for future competition. With “the spirit to strife is the factor shared by all successful people”, he ended his speech full of positive power.

In the following Q&A session, students raised their questions one by one. Some student made an inquiry into the value of European law degree in job hunting. Li Bo offered a positive answer with a “very big” affirmation. He held that the English skills, dimension of thinking, and readiness in spirit trained by studying European law would make us outstanding in the job hunt, and we should be confident that knowledge was not useless and pay would be followed by gain. Shi Yewei gave detailed information about the arrangement of framework for the doctoral entrance examination. He emphasized the importance of early and multiple planning. Some mentioned a lack of confidence in the midst of job hunting, to which Yang Yang encouraged by saying that we could not neglect the fact we all had our specialties, and for certain positions, that could be decisive, which means there must be some fields where we were the best, and in that case, who else would be entitled to confidence if we were not. Chang Le made a witty answer in replying to the last question about “persistence and compromise in job hunting”. She highlighted that rational compromise and holding the bottom line principle were equally important next to attuning oneself to the situation, and we, as CESLers with aspirations, should all make our choices out of our own behalves and duties.

After the experience exchange meeting, the four guests were surrounded by students where they engaged in individual communication, which reflected the actual effect of this lecture. As Co-dean Liu Fei mentioned in the first season, the series of interning and job hunting is dedicated to offer positive, direct, and timely support, and the School will do its utmost to adopt various measures to help and facilitate students in internship and job hunting.

Article by WEI Wei, Grade 2012, master candidate
Image by LIU Yun, Grade 2012, master candidate
English Translation by LIN Xi, Grade 2012, master candidate