Maximising job opportunities in China-related fields

China Studies Centre, University of Sydney

How to maximise your job opportunities in China-related fields

2.30pm – 4.30pm, Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Abercrombie Business School Seminar Room 2290, Corner Abercrombie Street and Codrington Street, The University of Sydney NSW 2006 (map)
Cost: Free
RSVP: Open to all with registration requested:

Contact: Wen Chen,, 02-9114-0838

Are you engaged in China-related research?
Do you have questions about your career path?
Would you like to get advice from those who have firsthand experience?

This event will discuss potential career opportunities as well as challenges faced by the research students and early career researchers who are conducting China-related research. The speakers will share their career development stories and resources, provide insights into the job market, and offer practical tips and techniques on how to optimise the opportunity.

The event will cover topics like:
• job opportunities during PhD studies
• career options within and outside academia
• finding advertised and hidden jobs
• understanding what employers are looking for
• the importance of publishing during PhD
• approaching industry contacts
• navigating university career services
• making career change

Attend this event for your chance to win a free ticket to the 2017 Sydney China Business Forum.


Ms Cathryn Hlavka
Executive Director, The University of Sydney Centre in China
Ms Cathryn Hlavka is the inaugural Executive Director of the University of Sydney Centre in China. She has a diverse international career and has held senior diplomatic positions representing the Australian Government’s education, science and research portfolios in the Australian Embassy in Beijing, the Australian Consulate General in Shanghai, the Australian Embassy in Tokyo, as well as foreign and trade policy in the Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Vienna.

Dr Eagle Zhang
Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Accounting, The University of Sydney Business School
Dr Zhang joined the University of Sydney in January 2013. Prior to that, he was a lecturer in accounting at the University of Wollongong where he received his PhD. His research, teaching and consulting interests revolve around the role of accounting in sustaining dominant socio-political power in the context of globalised capitalism. His research particularly focuses on the adoption of international financial reporting standards and its impact on China’s socio-economic development. He has published extensively in leading academic journals and won international awards for his contributions to the understanding of China’s accounting practice and regulation.

Ms Karen Cavanaugh
Career Development Manager, Careers Centre, The University of Sydney
Karen Cavanaugh is currently the Career Development Manager at The University of Sydney Careers Centre, with approximately 20 years’ experience working in the tertiary sector in both industry engagement and student career development and education roles. Her role includes the delivery of career planning and job search support to Sydney University students, including services and career skills workshops targeted to Higher Degree Research Students.

Professor Luigi Tomba
Director, China Studies Centre, The University of Sydney
Professor Luigi Tomba is the new director of the University of Sydney China Studies Centre. Before joining the Centre in 2017 he was for 15 years at the Australian National University, most recently as the Associate Director of the Australian Centre on China the World. His work has always been concerned with Cities and with urbanization. His most recent book The Government Next Door: Neighborhood Politics in Urban, was awarded the Association of Asian Studies 2016 Joseph Levenson Prize as best book on Post-1900 China.