Careers Service


Karen Lau: Manager

  • Degree: MSc Statistics (2006)
  • Home country: Hong Kong
  • Now working: Hong Kong
  • My role now: Manager at Nielsen

My story

I found my first job in UK through Milkround. I think that both my study and working experience in UK were really helpful for my job hunting after returning Hong Kong afterwards.

My social networks and contacts helped me too as I got my job firstly through a contact met at a social event. So be well prepared, your potential employers might just be next to you!

My time in Manchester

During my time at Manchester, I did attend a lot of careers talks and careers fairs. Some careers talks are specifically for international students which helped us a lot being non-locals in UK to stand out ourselves.

I also talked to the representatives from companies at the careers fairs to gain more insights from their real experiences which were very helpful too. Developing contacts will help with job hunting and you never know, you could eventually obtain a job offer just through such conversation!

Suggestions for other students

If you would like to work in the UK, you can probably think of some skills which you are more outstanding at than locals e.g. Chinese language/knowledge, in which most probably you would be better than the British, then you can be more competitive.

My advice would be to grab all chances you have as there is always no harm to try if you really want a job badly. For example, if the post is for a manager role and you do not have enough work experience for that, but that type of work interests you a lot, you could still apply for it. The employers could give you an offer with a suitable job title and would not reject you straight away only because you do not have enough work experience to be a manager.

My social networks and contacts helped me - I got my job firstly through a contact met at a social event.Karen Lau, 2006 graduate