Nick Freer-Smith’s internship in Shanghai at China Bluesky Ventures, an investment advisory firm, has come to an end.
“I learned all sorts of things during my internship, both technically about the finance sector and consulting, and more practical advice about business in general. Probably the most valuable thing I learned was the importance of networking, and building networks of people who could help you in the future, as I saw first hand the benefits of many different contacts at my company.”
Like any good China internship program, there were challenges.
“There was a range of different challenges I faced … including working to deadlines and dealing with a project or document I didn't fully understand. As my degree is not in a finance-related field, there were several tasks that I found more challenging; however for the most part I was able to understand the majority of tasks, and my company were extremely understanding and helpful in explaining anything I needed help with.”
Nick says that he appreciates Gi2C for taking him to his workplace on the first day, which “definitely eased my nerves. I was lucky that my internship company was so welcoming that once I was there I never felt the need for further support from Getin2China.”
Nick has had nothing but high praise for Shanghai, China’s financial capital, from the moment he landed.
“Shanghai was unlike I've ever been before. I had a wonderful time there, and definitely felt a little sad when it was finally time to leave. I would recommend a visit or stay there to anyone. As a city it is ambitious, exciting, impressive, clean, safe, and with lots to do.”
He says the metro was “clean and efficient,” although the crowds of people were at times “annoying.” The sights – museums, galleries, and architecture – were in abundance, but the bars and clubs were “pretty expensive,” which definitely took a toll on his budget.
Nick also took the bullet train to Beijing. China’s high-speed trains usually travel at speeds upwards of 310 km/hour (192 miles/hour), although they can go much faster, cutting a previous trip between China’s two most important cities from 12 hours down to 4 ½ hours.
The London native will head back home to complete his final year of university before taking a year to travel in North and South America. He’ll look for a job or another internship, work for a few years, and head back to school for his MBA.
As for anyone considering a possible internship in China, Nick has this advice: “Go for it.”
“I certainly found it really rewarding. Personally, I would say stick to Shanghai, as it seems the most exciting place to be, and be ready to explore the Chinese culture as much as possible.”
Thanks, Nick. Good luck with your final year of school and life after that! Zaijian!