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!
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