A Carey First, Students Organize and Lead China Career Trek

Jiaming Liu
Jiaming Liu

Jiaming Liu is a Master of Science in Finance candidate at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and serves as the Co-Founder and Co-President of the Johns Hopkins University Pan-Asian Career Association (JHU-PACA). Prior to his time at Carey, Jiaming has worked for MIT for three years and interned in several industries, such as venture capital, commodities, consulting, and commercial banking.

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Three weeks ago, with the support of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, the JHU Pan-Asian Career Association (PACA) successfully organized and led the amazing China Career Trek, the first international employer trek in Carey history.

By holding this China Trek, JHU-PACA aimed to provide a global insight for the Johns Hopkins community to learn more about China and other Asian countries that share similar culture and values with China. The mission of JHU-PACA is to be the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting international communication between China and the United States in career development, enabling students, faculties, partners and the professional community to leverage the leadership and global business potential worldwide.

From January 7th to 13th, fifteen selected Master and MBA/GMBA program students visited eight top multinational companies in Beijing and Shanghai. During the trek, they not only acquired information about different companies and industries, but also built networks with alumni and company executives. All trek members fully represented Carey Business School and performed well when they visited those companies. The great impression trek members left to those companies will benefit all Carey students in the future. At this point, some of the companies already showed their interest in our graduates, such as Roland Berger and Bloomberg. Moreover, we prepared well for the visit with GE; the Head of Human Resource forwarded several of our questions to th Public Relation Department, and the Vice President of GE showed strong interest in recruiting more Carey students in the future.

During the Trek, we have visited eight multinational companies, including consulting, financial, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, entertainment, and pharmaceutical industries. We visited the Asian Headquarters of Willis Tower Watson, CITIC Securities, KPMG, and Roland Berger, the Campus of GE, Disney, and Novartis, and the largest Asian office of Bloomberg. Besides company visits, we built the relationship with Peking University, one of the top universities in China, and communicated with students there. Furthermore, we are working closely with Career Development Office and Admission Office to establish an official connection with Peking University in the future. Moreover, we attended admission events in Shanghai and Beijing to share our knowledge and experience with prospective students. We also held alumni party to learn from our great alumni, which enabled us to know more details about the Chinese market and career environment.

After we came back to school, we also held two China Trek Panels both in DC and Harbor East campus. We invited students, professors, faculties, and Dean Ferrari to join us and listen to those great trek members to share their own experience.

We want to send special thanks to all Departments who supported us, especially Career Development Office, Student Development Office, Admission Office, and Alumni Relationship Office. In addition, we also want to say thank you to our Advisor Christy Murray and all Trek members who made this happen.

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