When we first interviewed Ben 6 months ago, he had just arrived in China and was about to start his internship in the renewable energy industry in Shanghai. For his internship, Ben was responsible for the UK and Irish markets. His role was to develop relationships with companies in these markets as well as support them in their sales and marketing activities. Let’s find out what Ben took away from his time and internship in China.
“What surprised me most about the internship was the working conditions. Compared to Europe, they are very poor. We were expected to use our own equipment and a poor connection to the internet made carrying out my duties difficult. However, my internship helped improve my communication skills in both written and spoken format. My teamwork has also improved due to being part of a multinational department.
Chinese business culture is very different from my own. During my internship, I learned to appreciate the time it takes to conduct negotiations and operate in the Chinese market. What was most challenging about the internship was the level of responsibility that was given to me early on in my internship; this included dealing with international customers as well as selling high value goods with full independence.
Gi2C support was really helpful, in addition to social events they helped me with any queries that I had about visas, placement and living in China. The airport pick up and accommodation made my arrival a lot easier, especially as I had never traveled before.
My overall experience was really enjoyable, in addition to adding to my CV, I was able to travel throughout one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Shanghai has a lot of nightlife to offer and eating out is so cheap that I did not cook once in 6 months. However, what I disliked the most was the lack of variety in cultural events. For one of the largest cities on earth, sometimes you feel there should be more to do. And the pollution limits activities outside.”
Now that Ben’s China internship has finished, what’s next?
“My future plans are to travel through Southeast Asia until December and then apply for jobs in Canada, the US and UK.”
Good luck in your future career, Ben!