International Student Mobility and Employability

An Employer Perspective on the Impact of Study Abroad Experiences



international education, internationalizaiton, employablity, study abroad, international students


The purpose of this study is to fill this gap by examining the employability needs of the Chinese labour market and mapping how international student mobility affects the employability of Chinese international students who return to China to work. Results show that a one-year PGT degree is the most sought-after degree by Chinese employers. Chinese employers prefer Chinese career channels over UK career channels for recruiting employees with study abroad experiences. Furthermore, our analysis suggests that Chinese employers value methodology skills (e.g., Problem-solving skills) and knowledge-related skills (e.g., Language skills) more when it comes to international student employability; conversely, interpersonal skills are considered least essential to student employability. 

How to cite in APA:

Zhu, Y., & Zhao, X. (2022). International student mobility and employability: An employer perspective on the impact of study abroad experiences. In X. Zhao, M. Kung, K. Bista, & Y. Ma (eds), Home and abroad: International student experiences and graduate employability (pp. 145-162). STAR Scholars.

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Author Biographies

Yuzhen Zhu, The University of Sheffield

Yuzhen Zhu is a PhD researcher in the information systems field and organization field. His PhD topic is focusing on the role of information communication technologies (ICTs) in the shaping of interorganizational knowledge exchange practices in the context of European Living Labs. Yuzhen’s research interest is to investigate the impact of digital information technologies in diverse organizational contexts including business, management, education, and (inter-/intra-) organizational collaboration. E-mail: 

Xin Zhao

Xin Zhao (Skye) is a university teacher at the Information School of the University of Sheffield and a senior fellow of HEA. Her areas of interests include internationalisation, digital pedagogy, and cross-cultural communication. She also delivers staff training courses at national and international conferences and staff development weeks at Linnaeus University, the University of Zadar, and Central China Normal University. Among her many roles, she is currently Employability Officer at the Information School and is actively engaged in activities for student employability development. E-mail:



How to Cite

Zhu, Y., & Zhao, X. (2022). International Student Mobility and Employability: An Employer Perspective on the Impact of Study Abroad Experiences. Book Series, 145–162. Retrieved from