Wang Rui, a senior-year business student from Jiangsu University, is among those who have benefited from teachers' help.
Last November, when most of her peers were just starting their job search, Wang had already secured a position with a State-owned enterprise in Nanjing.
As a top student and active student union member, Wang worked closely with her professors conducting surveys, doing business research and compiling books.
"The company needed a trainee," Wang said. "The department head was a former classmate of my professor. So he recommended me."
Nowadays, more and more university teachers don't confine themselves to teaching. They work on commercial projects with companies and institutions. That means they get to know people at the top of the business world.
Professor Du Qihua from the University of International Business and Economics is one of them. He used to work with big companies such as Sino Steel and China Development Bank. So when these employers wanted recruits, he did his best to hook them up with his students.
"These employers trust me, because we get along well when we work together," said Du. "I'm always happy to recommend excellent students to good companies."
Professor Du has found positions for many of his students who are now in good jobs. One student was even promoted to head of his department after just a year with the company.
"However, if I don't know a student well enough, I won't write a recommendation letter," Du says. "That's why students need to be proactive in keeping in touch with teachers."
How to get along with teachers
Show passion and interest in your studies. Ask teachers questions. Discuss your problems with them. This will make an impression.
Be proactive in helping your teachers with extracurricular projects. This will show off your abilities and help you get to know your them.
You don't have to give teachers expensive gifts. But if they recommend you for an internship or help you in any other ways, send them a thank-you letter or card to show your gratitude.