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Employability and career skills: how to build a profession in China

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    Wednesday,27th,June 2018

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    696 Weihai Road, Jing'an, Shanghai, 200042, China

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    • The Australian Consulate General warmly invites Australia-China alumni and all other interested young professionals to hear an expert panel discuss employability, career skills, and how to build a profession in China. Our panel features a distinguished group of senior professionals, all of whom have extensive experience living and working in China.

      Our experts are:

      • Joanne Wood (Chairman, Capital Eight)
      • Frances Gong (Regional Manager, CPA Australia)
      • Simon Lance (General Manager, Hays Greater China)  

      With over 50 years of combined work experience across investment banking, accounting, consulting, recruitment and human resources, they will provide key insights into professional success in the Middle Kingdom. If you’re new to the employment market, interested in how to take the next step in your career in China, or would just like to listen to what Joanne, Frances and Simon have to say, then this event is not to be missed!

      Sign-in starts at 7:00PM
      Discussion starts at 7:30PM
      Beer and non-alcoholic beverages included

      Seats are free but limited, so register while you can!

      This event is hosted as a teaser to the Australia China Careers Fair Roadshow in Beijing and Shanghai from 14-16 July.

      Guest Panellists

      Frances Gong, Regional Manager for East and Central China, CPA Australia

      Ms Frances Gong has more than 12 years of experience in business development, and has worked for multinational companies such as STA Travel, Walt Disney and CPA Australia. Her current role as Regional Manager is responsible for tertiary engagement with accredited universities by CPA Australia in East & Central China, as well as working with overseas universities to provide career support to Chinese returning graduates in accounting and finance industry. Her portfolio also covers office operation including branding, social media, human resource and finance.

      Simon Lance, Managing Director,  Hays Greater China

      Simon has over 14 years of consulting and management experience within the professional recruitment industry in the UK, Australia and China. Simon was appointed as Regional Director, China in January 2012 and is currently the Managing Director of Hays Greater China. Simon is responsible for the operational management and expansion of Hays offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Guanghzou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Simon's management experience includes developing market-leading teams within a range of technical, financial, corporate and executive disciplines. he also maintains a strong personal interest in the infrastructure, engineering and energy industries.

      Joanne Wood, Founder and Managing Partner, Capital Eight

      Joanne K. Wood is the Founder and Managing Partner of Capital Eight, a corporate finance house headquartered in Shanghai. With an investment banking career spanning more than 37 years to date, Joanne has worked in senior corporate finance positions with UBS, Jardine Fleming and GE Capital across Europe, the USA and Greater China; 25 of those years have been focused on a wide range of China M&A, debt and equity capital raisings, and infrastructure financing. Listing many Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and Sino 400 entities amongst her clients, Joanne continues to advise companies on China domestic and cross-border investment strategies, capital structuring, fund-raisings and deal negotiations.


      Rhett Miller, Consul (Commercial) Australian Consulate-General, Shanghai
      Trade Commissioner (Education), Australian Trade and Investment Commission

      Rhett Miller is the Consul (Commercial) and Trade Commissioner (Education) at the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai. In this capacity, Rhett is responsible for the overall leadership and direction in promoting Australian international education in China, Hong Kong SAR, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan. Rhett has extensive experience in the international education sector having served as Head of Asian Markets at the University of Sydney where he managed a large team responsible for marketing, recruitment and business development across the Region. In this role, Rhett pioneered a range of new initiatives which substantially grew the international cohort at the University. He has also held international marketing and business development roles at both the University of Melbourne and Victoria University.

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