Last Friday, the 2nd Swiss Chinese (Asian) Career Symposium took place in Basel. The event was targeted at students and graduates with Chinese language skills and ambitions to work for a company operating in Asia. This was the second time the event was organised and it is planned to continue with an annual edition.
In order to cover this unique event for our Zurich Chinatown online magazine, I travelled from Zurich to Basel. During the course of the event, however, it became clear to me why the implementation in Basel is optimal. Not only students from the German part of Switzerland participated, but also many students from the French part of Switzerland.
In the early days, vacuum pumps and compressors were built at the event location in Basel’s Gundelingerfeld. On the morning of the Career Symposium, representatives from traditional Swiss companies that have long been focusing on locations all over the world addressed the audience. The presentations were to the point with good and relevant tips for the student applicants.
In the afternoon, the participants had the opportunity to get in touch with the companies at a table fair. Novartis, Schindler, Roche, Lonza, Ascensia and ABB as well as CEIBS, the Chinese Association for Science and Technology Switzerland (CASTS), the Confucius Institute, the Swiss Chinese Association and the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce were represented with their own stand.
But it was not only the event itself, with the renowned companies and more than 100 participating students and graduates, which left a good impression. The organising committee consisting of the Swiss Chinese Association, CASTS and the Confucius Institute have demonstrated the potential quality of events when the various players in the field of relations between Switzerland and China join forces.
And who knows, perhaps some more partners can be found for the 2018 edition. Possibly even a representation from the government. After all, the most frequently asked question of the Career Day (“How to get a Swiss work permit”) could best be answered directly by them.