Selman, from Birmingham in the UK, did his internship in China at Star (Shanghai) Accounting & Consulting Co., Ltd., where he was tasked with ensuring all VAT invoices were collected on time, checking the account receivables, and doing daily related bookkeeping using accounting software.
“I did learn how to be more independent while working in a busy environment. I also gained valuable accounting skills that could help me in the future,” says Selman.
“The Chinese working environment is very different to that of (England) as they are more work focused, which is good.”
His biggest challenge in China was language.
“Some of the accounting documents and descriptions were in Chinese, so it was hard to understand, but my co-workers were very helpful when I asked questions.”
In Shanghai, China’s financial capital and home to plenty of expatriates, a lot of locals speak English, especially young people under 30. Still, despite China’s obsession with learning English, Mandarin Chinese is the dominant language in the country and it’s a good idea to get the basics down to make life easier.
Getin2China offers Mandarin classes to suit your work schedule. Furthermore, our classes are specifically designed to help you tackle every day life in China, including shopping, bargaining, ordering at restaurants, etc. While the classes are not a mandatory part of your China internship program, we do encourage you to sign up for some classes, whether through GI2C or elsewhere.
Despite the language issues, Selman’s experience of Shanghai was “amazing.”
“I learned a lot from the different cultures and working environment. It makes you have a different perspective of everything and makes you think differently, which I believe would benefit me in the future.”
The weather, was “really hot,” says Selman, unlike what he’s used to in the UK. There’s no doubt southern China was hot this summer, experiencing record heat.
What are Selman’s future plans now that life in Shanghai has wrapped up?
“Hopefully in a couple of years time I will return to Shanghai and open my own business.”
We hope you do too, Selman. Good luck with your future endeavors!