Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2019

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)


College of Arts and Sciences


Asia Pacific Studies

First Advisor

Brian Komei Dempster

Second Advisor

Stanley Kwong


In recent years, fresh blood has begun to emerge in China’s workplace: Chinese millennials who have gone abroad to study and received an overseas education. This special experience has brought many obstacles for them when they return to the Chinese workplace, whether it is the lack of synchronization between recruitment and graduation periods in the early stage of job seeking, or the pressure they encounter later. However, this experience also creates a set of unique advantages for them. Accepting international higher education makes their resumes more attractive, brings them a global perspective, and cultivates their ability to learn new skills quickly and continuously. As they continue to strengthen their backgrounds and qualifications, the quality of the entire labor market also increases, and companies need to develop more strategies for talent management. Indeed for companies in various industries, the internationalization of higher education brings new opportunities and challenges to the Chinese workplace. This study combined qualitative and quantitative research to more fully demonstrate and compare the challenges faced by millennials in the workplace and the challenges they bring to human resource management teams. With the transformation of China’s labor market, this research offer guidance to those Chinese millennials who are studying abroad and have not entered the workplace, and moreover, provides suggestions to human resource management teams that will help them cope with challenges and hire and retain millennials.