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Michael’s internship in Shanghai, China

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Michael is from Copenhagen, Denmark, which is unique for its paid education, snowy winter, and the Little Mermaid in Tivoli. Those of us with school loans are suddenly thinking about moving to Denmark, right? Some interesting things he has done in the past 26 years have been sky diving, bungee jumping, and getting a master’s degree in Sydney, Australia. Michael is clearly not afraid of trying new things and adventure! Those two qualities are exactly what all new visitors to China need to have. He has a bachelor’s in Business Engineering and undertook an MBA to challenge himself and learn English.

Michael is interning in the consulting industry in Shanghai and hopes to learn as much as possible about working in a professional company as well as working in a different country and culture. As with many of our Gi2C interns, Michael hopes to make a good impression on the company he is interning with and afterwards get hired by the company. Over 40% of Gi2C interns do find full-time employment following the completion of their internships. Those that do not, either return home to complete their studies, do not wish to remain in China or the company no longer desires to retain their services.

There are many countries in the world where one can work so we asked Michael why he chose China and Gi2C? “China is the world’s largest exporter and the second largest economy. It is therefore important to understand the business culture in China and it is possible that I will have interactions with Chinese companies in the future. I had difficulties finding a job in Denmark so I decided to get an internship. Gi2C was the first internship company I found and they were very helpful and seemed organized.”

Michael had a few preconceived notions about China before arriving (as we all do before going to a new country) such as when doing business in China it’s important to have a good relationship with the Chinese government. He also heard that it’s important to respect the hierarchy in companies and with relationships in China (such as which chair is reserved for the most important person when sitting down to dinner at a round table). Both assumptions are very true to a certain degree.

To prepare for his move to China, Michael read the book “Think Like Chinese” which he said helped him prepare a great deal. He is a little apprehensive about the difficulty in learning Mandarin but hopes to learn at least basic speaking. 加油 Michael!

What books on China do you recommend? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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Comments 5

 
Guest - Pierre on Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:48

I read so many books before going to China! It helped a lot. Let's see... some of my favs were:

1. Where east meets west by Sam Goodman - so funny! Will be interesting for those interested in business
2. China road by Rob Gifford - very interesting perspective from a journalist
3. End of cheap China by Shaun Rein - another business related book

For a more historical perspective and to better understand Chinese from a larger viewpoint read anything by Pearl Buck such as "China as I see it" or books by Edgard Snow like "Edgard Snow's China."

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I read so many books before going to China! It helped a lot. Let's see... some of my favs were: 1. Where east meets west by Sam Goodman - so funny! Will be interesting for those interested in business 2. China road by Rob Gifford - very interesting perspective from a journalist 3. End of cheap China by Shaun Rein - another business related book For a more historical perspective and to better understand Chinese from a larger viewpoint read anything by Pearl Buck such as "China as I see it" or books by Edgard Snow like "Edgard Snow's China."
Guest - Mohammed on Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:49

I read "When China Rules the World" by Martin Jacques.

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I read "When China Rules the World" by Martin Jacques.
Guest - Chere on Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:49

Modern China by Jonathan Clements. A very short book that you can read on the plane!

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Modern China by Jonathan Clements. A very short book that you can read on the plane!
Guest - Anish maman on Sunday, 14 December 2014 13:32

What is the procedure to apply for the summer internship ?

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What is the procedure to apply for the summer internship ?
Guest - Sandy on Sunday, 11 January 2015 23:57

I read a lot of books by Pearl Buck to get a good idea of China from a historical perspective.

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I read a lot of books by Pearl Buck to get a good idea of China from a historical perspective.
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