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2019 Career Talk for International Students
Experts share their job search advice with international students
As in all knowledge-based economies, human talent has become the most valuable resource in Taiwan, and attracting foreign talent has become a priority in government policies. To support international students with their job search in Taiwan, our Office of International Affairs organized a Career Talk for International Students on March 23rd. The event, the first of its kind, attracted around 140 international students of all levels who are considering starting their careers in Taiwan.
New Point-Based System helps students enter the Taiwanese job market
While all fresh graduates tend to have similar questions on job-hunting, it is the legal framework that matters most for international students. The OIA felt that those questions were best answered by an expert, and therefore invited Ms. Liu Yen-Ju from the Workforce Development Agency, Ministry of Labor, to explain current regulations. It is not yet widely known that a new point-based system was introduced to make it easier for international graduates without previous work experience to start their careers in Taiwan. The New Scoring Criteria for Foreign and Overseas Chinese Students list eight criteria, including the level of education, proficiency in Chinese, expected salary, etc.
Adapting to Taiwanese work culture
With many Taiwanese technology companies still doing good business, there are many job opportunities for technological talent. This good news was highlighted by Mr. Neil Hsieh, a senior consultant at MGR Consulting, but he also made clear that well-paid jobs in Taiwan's high-tech sector come at a price: long working hours, strict company discipline, and subordination to superiors. He also compared Taiwan employers' expectations regarding CVs and job interviews with those usually encountered in Western firms, which was definitely helpful advice for the audience.
"If you wish to work in Taiwan: Learn Chinese!"
Finally, Firas Altaee, an alumnus of Taiwan Tech who is now working as an IT-Engineer with Ericsson, shared his experience of job-searching in Taiwan. Mr Altaee painted a diverse and realistic picture of the challenges foreign applicants would meet. His most important piece of advice was “If you wish to work in Taiwan, learn Chinese!” This would certainly be reiterated by many foreigners who have made their careers in Taiwan. He also stressed that Taiwan Tech professors, who are often well-connected with industry, would help students to find positions, and thus he recommended staying in touch with professors even after graduation. 
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