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BU’s new Asian counseling network aims to support overseas job searches – The Daily Free Press

Asian countries are among the most represented regions in Boston University’s international student body.

The Asia Consulting Network profile on LinkedIn. The newly formed club aims to improve access to professional resources for international students from Asia if they return to their home countries after graduation. ILLUSTRATION BY CONOR KELLEY / DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Despite the numbers, many international students from Asia are struggling to find work after graduation in their home country due to lack of access to resources, said Tommy Xiao, junior at the Questrom School of Business, co-founder and president of the new company Asia Consulting. Network.

Andy Chen, a senior executive at Questrom and co-founder and vice-president of ACN, said that many of BU’s existing professional resources are “mostly based” in the United States, but “really lacking” for aspiring students. work in China.

ACN aims to fill this gap by connecting international and US students with corporate jobs in Asia.

“There has been a lack of professional support for foreign students,” Xiao said. “We are trying to resolve this.”

Club management plans to start hosting events next semester. These programs include recruiting events with specific companies and question-and-answer sessions with consultants from specific regions of Asia.

Chen said the club provides “first-hand knowledge” about businesses in Asia. The club also wishes to provide members with resources to network in order to find career opportunities.

“Network side, [the club] is really about meeting new people, gaining experiences and learning more about their experience, ”Chen said.

Advised by a former McKinsey Senior Associate, ACN has an extensive alumni network and has relationships with many industry professionals. Xiao said ACN’s goal is to populate its student electronic board with members who know their home region and have counseling experience.

Through its programs, ACN wants to increase the number of BU students entering consulting, a difficult area to grasp.

“Less than 1% of applicants get an interview,” Xiao said.

Xiao said the club hopes to make the BU a “target school” for top consulting firms.

“What we want to target is around 10 to 20 people who frequent these businesses per year,” he said. “Right now it’s about one to three people.

The opportunities at this club are essential complements to the professional development of students, wrote Frédéric F. Brunel, associate dean for undergraduate programs at Questrom.

“Students get jobs because of the training we offer them, but also because they gain significant experience through internships and take on leadership roles in their clubs,” he wrote.

Members can gain “community, valuable experiences, leadership and networking opportunities” by joining clubs like ACN, Brunel wrote.

Xiao said ACN was created to support students where UB is lacking.

“We are here to solve people’s problems. This is what counseling is, and it is also our goal, ”said Xiao. “If you have difficulty finding internships or jobs, especially in Asia. I think we serve as the perfect platform to help each of you.


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