SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Call for YCW London Mentee Applications

Young China Watchers

Date: 18 October 2019Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 18 October 2019Time: 11:59 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Type of Event: Workshop

Young China Watchers (YCW) is a dynamic group of China-focused young professionals. Through regular roundtables and talks with senior figures in the China academic, policy and business communities, it provides a chance for engaged individuals to interact and discuss the most pressing issues emerging from China today. Through our growing global network, we seek to foster the next generation of China thought-leaders.

After the success of our second year in 2018-2019, the London chapter is pleased to launch the mentorship programme for its third year. We are calling for applications from early career young professionals in the YCW London network to participate in the Programme. Each mentee will be linked to their own mentor based on their career interests. Our mentors are drawn from the London network, and are experienced China-professionals from a variety of fields, such as finance, policy, business, journalism, technology, and research.

The Programme will run from November 2019 – July 2020, during which time mentors and mentees will meet regularly to discuss career opportunities, aspirations and growth. Meetings will be both on a one-on-one basis, as well as with the wider cohort. Through the Programme, mentees and their mentors will have opportunities to develop new friendships and to attend networking events. Mentees will be expected to actively drive and contribute to the relationship with their mentor.

We are now seeking applications to join the programme as a mentee, with the following criteria:

  • Member of the YCW London network with previous participation in YCW events; based in greater London
  • Less than three years of professional experience
  • Demonstrable interest in and dedication to building a China-related career
  • Strong organisational and communication abilities
  • Excellent academic records and employment experience

If you would like to be considered as one of our YCW mentees, please write to our Mentorship Director, Rose Martin ( ) by 18 October, with the following:

  • A cover letter detailing your background and why you should be selected as a YCW mentee
  • CV

Organiser: Young China Watchers (YCW) in association with the SOAS China Institute

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Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4823