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CRI Today – How to Choose University Majors?

Ruben 625Recently the result of Chinese University Entrance Exam was published. Here comes the hot topics of how to choose good majors in universities? Should students choose majors based on interests or the so-call “good career development” on the later stage? Ruben, Senior Consultant of Logistic Recruitment Team at RMG Selection, is here to answer all students and parents’ questions live! Listen to us by clicking here:http://english.cri.cn/7146/2014/06/25/2203s833337.htm

Talk Box – Robert analyzes Mental Health Investigation Report and Graduates Employment Report 2014

Robert on AM 774  

Recently Zhaopin Marketing Research Centre released a series of reports, which has profound influence in the human resource field. Robert Parkinson, CEO & Founder of RMG Selection, was invited by Beijing Radio again to analyze the data and trend of these reports in terms of the job market towards fresh graduates and career consultancy.

Topic 1: The job market of some unpopular majors is quite positive. So, choosing majors based on majors, does it work well?

Topic 2: The longer an employee works happier they are. Do you feel tired at work? How to adjust oneself at work?

Listening to the original radio at http://t.am774.com/Apps/Live/?s=/Program/programReview_gy/pid/41/cid/43390

Networking or Notworking Events?


FROM the very day you land in Beijing, either to become a fixed-term “Jinger” or to make Beijing or some other city your medium to long-term home (as with many of us), all you need to become involved in the nonstop networking events put on for us in China is an email address. You will soon find that with a modicum of effort you are subscribed to tens if not hundreds of networking event mailing lists. In this article I’d like to offer a perspective on these gatherings, according to my time in China (nine years and counting), and some suggestions on how to get the most out of them.

First of all, the term “networking event” in China can denote a gathering of as few as 10 people. Don’t assume the word “networking” that precedes the event announcement means there will be lots of people with the same objectivesas you. Broadly speaking,there are three different types

of networking event:

1. Morning events: These tend to be the most serious and worthwhile. Often sponsored or hosted by one of Beijing’s several hundred chambers of commerce, they typically include an expert (often on a fascinating topic such as changes to tax regulations, or the long term outlook for inflation – narcoleptics beware!), a local celebrity promoting his/her latest book, or a visiting politician checking out China. The advantage of these events is that they tend to attract the more serious/senior members of Beijing’s international community because they have specific themes and, of course, because they provide a free, fairly lavish breakfast. In other words, you might meet someone helpful and/or senior.

2. Evening events: These tend to be called “social” networking events, and as implied, are entirely social in nature. Usual China rules apply: Make sure you take a brick of business cards with you, and be prepared to “press the flesh” of many different species of Beijinger. Having met some very interesting people at these events, it seems to me that pinpointing and regularly attending the right type is the key to making successful connections. People to avoid include the many experts in the world of offshore financial services.\ You should also bear in mind that serious business people rarely attend evening gatherings because they coincide with getting-up time in Europe when they’re busy working.

3. The third type of networking event is actually a party in disguise. Don’t get me wrong, I love a party as much as the next man, but keep in mind that China-hands know how to party hard, and that such parties include the “beautiful people” whose lives consist of frenetic shuttling between the gym, sunbed and party circuit. For inexperienced expats looking to make valuable connections, I would advise the following:

∙ If you meet someone genuinely interesting, don’t lose their business card and (after waiting a couple of days to avoid appearing too eager) invite them for lunch or a coffee to see if the rapport still holds

∙ Employ a strategy: A prolific networker friend of mine’s technique is to walk straight up to someone and say “Hello, didn’t we meet before at the XYZ event?” and guess what? It’s a great ice-breaker.

∙ Keep in mind that if you ask people questions they will respond and reciprocate with their own. If you don’t they won’t. Try to ask more original questions than “Where are you from?”

As with any human relationship, good ones take time. Remember, you can’t eat an elephant in one go; it has to be one slice at a time. So follow up, keep showing your face and you are bound to make solid connections.


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News Plus – Robert on CRI talking about majors and job market


Robert on CRI Phone Interview

With the coming of the annual College Entrance Examination, choice of major is again a big problem for Chinese students. What’s the best major in the job market? Is specific major background really vital to employers? What should college graduates focus on at the beginning of their career? Robert Parkinson, CEO and founder of RMG Selection joint News Plus and talked about majors and job market in the program’s phone interview.

一年一度的高考就要拉开帷幕,选专业依然是困扰中国学生的一大难题。究竟什么样的专业好就业?雇主们真的十分在意特定的专业背景吗?初入职场,大学毕业生应该特别注意什么?罗迈国际(RMG Selection)的CEO-Robert Parkinson近期接受了CRI News Plus栏目的电话采访,让我们来听听他的看法吧。

Lifting the Veil of Doubled Payment Offers

Lifting the Veil of Doubled Payment Offers

By Robert Parkinson, CEO & Founder of RMG


When it comes to the time of Chinese New Year, salary is always a hotly debated topic in the job market. People like talking about family and neighborhood issues at holiday parties and gatherings. Besides, it is quite frequent that peers talk about their work and staff treatment issues. For many years there has been much debate on what really drives people to change jobs. Various answers including salary, promotion, line manager style and organizational culture actually make people quite confused. I think that ALL those factors surely matter in job changing decisions.

According to RMG’s China Talent Flow Survey 2013 (TFS2), salary is the first factor that drives people to change jobs. It accounts for 69% among the all factors in our report. Post Chinese New Year is the peak period of job-changing. Quite a lot of people are actively looking for new opportunities with higher salary than their current companies. However, do you really think changing jobs for higher a salary is as wonderful in reality? As an old Chinese idiom says, there is no weal without woe. Making wrong choices because of being blinded by money is nothing worth celebrating in the year of the horse!

Before I start to share my experiences, I’d like to ask you a question about the definition of the word “occupation”. I have always wondered why nearly two-thirds of participants regard salary as the most important factor. As I check out the word on Wikipedia, I finally understand that people’s choice is closely related to the definition of “occupation”. According to Wikipedia, occupation is defined as a regular activity where people spend time to earn money. In this case, it’s quite obvious why people change jobs for money. From a psychological perspective, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, in the beginning of one’s career they aim to earn enough to support basic needs. Moving on to the next stage, people work to get higher and higher payment to satisfy their wants. Finally people will enter the stage of self-actualization where they do not care about salary anymore. Most Chinese people start working from 18 to 24 years old. They will not stop until they are about 55 years old. Normally, people in the beginning and middle parts of the work life span tend to change jobs for higher and higher salary. However, not everyone can enjoy the process of changing jobs. If you happen to get an offer with a doubled salary, don’t be eaten up by your excitement right now. Today the job market has become mature and transparent. If you don’t know why you got such an offer, then you’d better reconsider it. Now let me share some career cases about changing jobs and salary with you.

 Have you calculated your working time?

Let’s say that right now you are a manager whose annual salary is about CNY 100,000. There are 3 offer letters in front of you, CNY 150,000, CNY 200,000 and CNY 300,000 respectively. How would you make a choice? If you would like to take the first offer, then I would congratulate you for your sensibility; if you chose the second offer, I suppose you would be willing to take some new challenges in your career. However, if you decided to go for the highest one, I would be quite worried that you might oversee the cost of working time. In particular, for those who are used to leaving the office when the clock hand strikes the number 6, you might quite enjoy the regular working times and 15 days annual leave with your current company.

Can you convince yourself that for a tripled salary, you can still enjoy your work? According to RMG’s senior IT consultant, a lot of IT companies do not pay for overtime workers, they are paid by projects. Data from RMG’s China Talent Flow Survey 2013 (TFS2) show nearly 40 percent of IT support and technical talent changed jobs in the past 12 months. In IT people change jobs quite often because they are looking for bigger or better projects to get more experience.

 Do you have a strong enough supporting team?

You will probably miss the big picture if you only focus on the money. What I mean by big picture is actually the work going on around you. For instance, the support from a company’s finance, recruiting and operations teams directly influence whether you can do your work successfully and efficiently. Say at the current company your KPI is quite good. It might not be 100% related to your work. Without the support from other teams, can you still achieve your KPI score?

In fact, there is always a good support network behind a successful manager. Imagine you go to the new company for a higher salary but end up with a less effective supporting team. Neither you nor the company will be happy. Worst of all, you will end up with an unpleasant resignation session. The logistics team leader in our company says that lots of sales managers in small logistical companies look forward to working on an international platform. They all want to show their excellent skills on a good platform where they can boom the business.



Are you ready for a different corporate culture?

Some managers will start looking for better career opportunities after working in a company for 3 to 5 years. The reason might be that they are looking for a new environment or there is a lack of promotional space. These kinds of managers will pay more attention t o s a l a r y and development opportunities. According to TFS2, in the past 12 months, the job-changing proportion of participants whose monthly salary is above CNY 50,000 is 37.24%. In comparison to others, the job changing rate for this group is the highest. Moreover, another interesting finding related to the highly-paid group is that 76.55% of those participants are above 36 years old. (See Chart 1 and Chart 2).


Frankly speaking I understand that people like measuring their values at work based on salary. However, it is necessary for everyone to know that salary is not the only way to measure one’s value. In a lot of western countries people will have a New Year’s resolution. I am sure many Chinese will do something similar. Everyone will make a wish list for their work and life in 2014. Nobody looks forward to endless overtime, inefficiency from subordinates, or little attention being paid to new ideas. Changing jobs for a higher salary seems quite wonderful, but after lifting the mysterious veil, will you reap what you sow?