The SEAS Graduate

By the time you leave the School of East Asian Studies, you will have a deep and critical understanding of one of the world’s most dynamic regions, the challenges and opportunities confronting societies in East Asia, and what the global implications of those might be. Most of you will have the language skills needed to follow, and to contribute to, the ongoing debates in East Asian societies on how those challenges and opportunities should be faced.

But knowledge and understanding are only part of what you gain here. You will also develop skills that allow you to apply that knowledge in a range of professional contexts, to work effectively independently or in teams, to develop your understanding to keep pace with changing conditions, to ask new questions about this very rapidly-changing region, and to communicate your answers to a range of audiences.

The University’s Sheffield Graduate framework sets out these skills and attributes in detail. You will gain more from your work here if you think purposefully about the opportunities for skills development that module and assessment tasks offer, and about how these skills might be applied at work after graduation. You will all have your own plans and priorities for University study and work after graduation, but there are some thoughts below on how you might use the Sheffield Graduate attributes to think about your own skills development.

Of course, there are many opportunities beyond academic work to develop your skills: see the Students Union pages for access to volunteering opportunities

Find out more about where these skills have taken past SEAS graduates through our Careers page.

The Sheffield Graduate…

Has subject knowledge, and is competent in applying it

We expect…

That you will understand how East Asia works, and be able to apply understanding gained in one module to learning in another…

Can you…?

…see how your understanding of – for example – social issues in East Asia might apply to working with an NGO in China, facilitating educational exchange between Europe and Japan, or building working partnerships with Korean colleagues?

Is an independent learner, and a skilled and ethical researcher

… and that you will become better able to develop your own ideas and find your own sources as you progress academically.

…maintain a sophisticated understanding of East Asian societies as they change, and know where to go to update that understanding?

Is a critical, analytical & creative thinker, and an entrepreneurial problem solver

That you will be able to explore complex ideas and problems with confidence and find your own new questions to ask about East Asia…

…continue to ask and answer new questions generated by a changing East Asian region?

Is an accomplished communicator, and skilled in the use of IT

…and explain your understanding clearly in speech and writing.

…communicate your ideas clearly to a range of audiences
… In detailed report on paper, a punchy online article, or a 200-word exective summary?
… In a 15-minute presentation, or a 5-minute pitch?
… To an audience of experts, or novices or both?

Is professional & adaptable, an efficient planner & time manager, a flexible team worker

That you will be able to deliver short and long academic assignments to a range of deadines, both independently and in co-operation with others…

…refine and develop those work management skills to meet the challenge of a workplace where conditions and deadlines may be tighter and externally driven…?

Is an active citizen who respects diversity; is culturally agile and able to work in multinational settings

…and that you will use your academic understanding to help yourself work effectively in East Asia during study abroad and in the international classroom in Sheffield

…build on that experience to develop working relations in a globalising working environment…?

Is well rounded, reflective, self aware and self-motivated

…that you will think critically about your own strengths and weaknesses, and actively work to develop yourself academically

…work with what you learn here to develop your skills and understanding throughout your career…?