Sunday, November 11, 2007

Job Fair

I went with a friend today to a post-grad job fair at the Dalian Expo Center.

Of course, in a country with hundreds of millions of college grads, it was something of a zoo.
Several hundred booths, mostly from Chinese trade companies, Japanese and Korean tech firms, and the occasional global software giant (HP, Dell, and IBM were all reppin' amid throngs of horny computer geeks).

I only approached a couple companies, but they were all interesting and all interested in me. The most fascinating by far was a Chinese shipping company that wants an English interpretor to travel with them on long distance haul routes to Africa. Wouldn't that be fly: bunked in the belly of a giant freight rig lugging steel to Chad translating bulk-weight contracts? Wait, no, that would suck. But would definitely be an interesting experience.

Other (more reasonable) opportunities include a company that helps Chinese students find study abroad opportunities, a software park marketing firm, and Herbalife natural nutrition products (their regional manager seemed quite infatuated with me).

As always, we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

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