Careers Service

Frances Xie: PR Officer

  • Degree: MSc International Human Resource and Comparative Industrial Relations (2013)
  • Home country: China
  • Now working: UK
  • My role now: Public Relations Officer at Mandarin Consulting Limited

My story

Job hunting is never an easy word

I applied to graduate schemes with Deloitte, Unilever, Shell and Standard Charted Bank. Back then, I did not know what international companies are looking for. I was too concerned about my academic degree but actually I needed to pay more attention and practice to commercial awareness, which is sometimes relatively more crucial. I am a bit regretful that I should have applied to graduate schemes one year earlier than graduation.

However, I am lucky enough that I finally found a position that suits me well in Mandarin Consulting. It is very important to have good presentation skills! I am never shy of speaking in front of an audience and I can always give a speech in a professional and confident way. It is important for not only your job applications but also your career later on.

Social networking is essential

I didn’t use social networks for my current job but I do think it is important. For example, if you meet somebody in a fair, it is wise if you keep his business card and then connect with him via Linkedin. I have a friend who just comments what she thought about a company via Twitter and then she got an interview.

My time in Manchester

Make the most of your time here and take an active part in all range of activities

During my time at Manchester I went to presentations held by some big organisations like HSBC, PWC and Shell. I also attended one big career fair and many workshops about helpful tips about CV, Cover Letter and “How to start your career in finance”.

Also, the Careers Service is of great help as I booked several CV sessions with them in which they helped check my CV and tweak the words used etc. to make my CV more impressive and “employable”.

Suggestions for other students

Plan in advance to avoid disappointment

I really suggest you apply for graduate schemes in advance or at least plan your career in advance. Do not wait until you graduate otherwise you may lose many good opportunities and you will panic. For any industry, understand the business before you apply to companies. Keep practicing the skills of: commercial awareness, communication and marketing.

Make the most of international study experience

It made me who I am today. I have learnt different cultures and started to fit in the international environment. I’d suggest you to:

  • Make full use of what you have learnt from the west, which is what distinguishes you from those who have never been abroad. However, you should be flexible and be mindful of the cultural difference.
  • Connect with your UK and international friends/classmates via Linkedin, update and communicate with them about your work and life. Practice your English.
Connect with your UK and international friends/classmates via Linkedin, update and communicate with them about your work and life. Practice your English.Frances Xie, 2013 graduate