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People First Recruitment - Career opportunities for Non-native Speakers of Mandarin Chinese

Global Careers Month
Wednesday 13 May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00
Online - Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Ian Ward from People First Team China will talk about career opportunities in the UK and China using Mandarin Chinese - with a focus on work here in the UK.

Watch the recording of this talk online

This talk, originally organised for Global Careers Month, is aimed at non-native Chinese speakers.

People First Recruitment was the first UK agency to create a team focused on Chinese language recruitment and now has five Mandarin speaking consultants.

Sales Director Ian Ward oversees People First Team China, which works with Chinese UK-based clients and western companies with China-related business. Ian’s insights will draw from his many years of experience recruiting for roles using Mandarin Chinese to help you to identify the careers options available to you as a graduate of Mandarin Chinese or non-native speaker of Chinese. As someone with a basic level of Chinese himself, he also understands what it is like to learn the language.

Come along to this talk to find out about the wide range of roles and sectors where your language skills will be valuable to employers, and learn how to market yourself effectively. Whether you are a first year or final year student, Ian’s talk will help you identify your options and focus your attention on the skills and activities that really matter to get the Mandarin-speaking job of your dreams!

Register for the event

University of Leeds students and staff can register via this online form.

You will receive the event access link on the day of the event.

If you are external to the University and interested in attending please email

More about Ian Ward

Headshot of speaker Ian WardBorn and raised in Leeds, Ian has been in London with People First Recruitment since 1999, where he was originally focused on European language jobs before seeing a gap in the market and setting up People First Team China to focus on the growing number of Chinese companies expanding to the UK. Now, as Sales Director, his role is more wide ranging but he is still most closely involved with Team China and the ever-widening client base that needs Mandarin speakers.