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China Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia nikolaychuk and her internship in Shanghai
Julia is well into her  China internship program   at the Shanghai Metal Corporation . “ Currently I work as a trade marketing assistant. I communicate and negotiate with potential customers, do social networking with Western countries, participate in business meetings as an interpreter and complete market research .” Julia  says that she has learned some of the ins and outs of marketing and trade, how to reach out to customers, specifics about the metal industry and also the key elements of the company’s organizational structure. But a work place cultural difference between the West and  China  was something she noticed immediately. “Surprisingly, in the 21 st  century the trade and process is done by internet research. Whereas in the West, ‘ business mixers ’ are popular where buyers and sellers negotiate face to face – it’s very common in Russia and Central European countries." Julia added that she was surprised some of...
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China Internship Testimonial: Natalia Rastorgueva

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Internships in China are suitable for people from all countries and of all ages. Natalia Rastorgueva, age 31, decided to leave her job at a bank in Moscow, Russia to begin a new adventure in China. Her family was very surprised that she had chosen China for her internship. The common question she was asked was “Why do you want go to China of all places?” Natalia hopes her internship experience will be so successful that it will be clear to her friends and family that going to China was a good decision. Natalia has two degrees in Law and Management and chose Getin2China because her friend recommended it to her. We're glad to hear that people are having a good experience in China and telling their friends about us! Natalia told Gi2C that "I hope my internship will give me good experience working in a multinational team. I'd like...
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Wish List: China Internship Program - Letter from Pakistan

Ifrah - China interns from Pakistan
Dear Gi2C, I’m looking for an internship ! In the world of globalization, diminishing boundaries, competition and the desire for fast economic growth, China has successfully dominated and is effectively conquering the world's economy. China offers the best suited and ideal environment for internship opportunities. This country which houses a wide array of companies, thousands of multi-national companies, encourages new innovation, offers a good setting for business growth and expansion, will unquestionably enable me to enhance my skills, gain valuable experience, acquire knowledge and build my capacity to work in an international business setting as well as an intercultural and diverse environment. This will inevitably give me an edge and boost my international career. China internship programs with Getin2China will bring me in contact with a new, diverse, innovative, vibrant and vivacious working environment and unlock a fresh learning perspective. Working in a completely different and unique culture will not...
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Internship Testimonial: Anastasiya Kaurdakova

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Potential interns from around the world use Gi2C 's services to land a wide variety of internships. Anastasiya Kaurdakova from Russia has recently arrived in Shanghai and before arriving she was hoping to "get more valuable experience and gain skills in the PR sphere" by working with a company called Aquatech. She was happy to be doing her internship in Shanghai because it is a "multinational city" with a great deal to offer. She chose China for several reasons. "In terms of employment, China is considered to be the best place for job opportunities." Anastasiya was also looking forward to meeting new people and understanding what it was like to work and live in China as well as experience a whole new culture and way of thinking. Anastasiya received her BA degree in Public Relations from a school in London and her internship tasks will be dealing with media coverage and...
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Intern Update: Selman Haxhiu

Selman Haxhiu's internship in China, getin2china
Selman Haxhiu has just finished his  internship in Shanghai  and he’s got this advice: “Try and learn some basic Chinese, as it will help you a lot.” 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...
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Intern Update: Eloise Grimes

Eloise Grimes' internship in Beijing with Getin2China
Eloise Grimes has arrived in Beijing and she’s both “excited” and “nervous.” “I have a mixture of feelings at the moment: I'm excited about being in a new city and starting my internship , yet at the same time I'm nervous for the exact same reasons.” Eloise will do her China internship program at Beijing Europe-China Trade Centre International Advisory Co. (ECTC) in public relations. Although she’s got a mixed bag of feelings, she isn’t alone. “ I felt happy and relieved though when I met my flat mates and other interns at the Gi2C orientation, as there is a group of us who are experiencing this new adventure together.” Having previously visited Beijing during a semester abroad in Hong Kong , Eloise knows what to expect – somewhat – but there were still some surprises. “It's busy than I remember, and when it comes to travel on public transport and food,...
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Day trip from Beijing: Qinhuangdao

Head out for a day trip from Beijing to Shanhaiguan
a trip to Qinhuangdao from Beijing
visit the shanhai pass near beijing, the perfect day trip
For those doing an internship in Beijing , believe it or not: There is a beach not too far away (especially if you're traveling at 150 km/hr on a bullet train). While it may not be Boracay in the Philippines , Phuket in Thailand or even up to par with some of China's other beaches , the beach at Beidaihe in the city of Qinghuangdao is worth the day trip to escape the concrete jungle that is  Beijing . And, Qinghuangdao has other sites worth exploring. So, add a bit of travel outside Beijing during your China internship program . Qinhuangdao awaits! (For other short-haul trips from Beijing, click here ) Understand Qinhuangdao  is divided into three districts: Beidaihe to the west, Qinhuangdao proper in the center and Shanhaiguan to the east. It takes an hour by bus or taxi to travel from Beidaihe to Shanhaiguan, so depending on what you...
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The Cover Letter: It Matters

Writing a good cover letter matters in a job search
Oh the cover letter . Some of us dread writing them, the rest of us love it. But one thing’s for sure: it’s an absolute necessity when applying for a job or an internship . This is true anywhere in the world. The cover letter affords you the opportunity to express yourself in a way you simply can’t in a resume . Resumes are structured and predictable. Cover letters aren’t. The cover letter is also the first impression you’ll give a potential employer, so you’ll want it to be good. Cover Letters Equal Expression Lisa McQuery of Demand Media believes that cover letters matter because of the way they enable job applicants to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack. She explains that the introductory portion of a cover letter “can be used to express a genuine interest in aspects of the company to which [the applicant] is applying...
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Five Ways to Meet New People for your Network

Five ways to expand your professional network
A referral through someone in your network is a highly effective way to land a job. Sometimes, it’s not just what you know, but who you know. You might think this is unfair, but you too could benefit from having a solid network or helping a friend out with your connections. Everyone is a connection, including you. Remember that. An endorsement from someone the hiring manager trusts is an extremely powerful means of influence. People in your network are also a great source of information about relevant job openings, and may be able to provide advice about how best to position yourself to the company. Sometimes, the best opportunities don’t reach job boards or recruiters because people within the network of the hiring company get to it first. Take the time to build a professional network. Below are five ways to meet new professional contacts.   Conferences And Events Attending...
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Intern Update: Anna Setterberg

Anna Setterberg's internship in Beijing with Getin2China
Anna Setterberg learned a thing or two about working in China during her internship in Beijing . “ The business environment in China is fast moving. You start out with one team, and at the end of your internship, you leave a completely different one.” Anna finished her three-month internship at Alain Charles Asia Publishing Ltd , where she worked on the latest edition of the China Business Handbook , an indispensable guide for anyone seeking to do business in the Middle Kingdom. She began her internship editing the handbook, “but my main task ended up being research.” Like in any foreign work environment, Anna said there were challenges, which included colleagues who did not speak English, limited and slow Internet access and little contact with her supervisor. “My boss was away for 2/3 of my time at the company. Our communication was therefore restricted to Skype chats, and as...
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The Interviewer is not your friend

career advice, the interview is not your friend
Time and time again, job candidates make the critical error of behaving as if the interviewer is a trusted old friend. He or she is not. While you want to be relaxed during your interview, you don’t want to be too “chill” like you might be over a beer with some friends. This is true in the West or whether you’re interviewing for an internship in China .  Be aware of the following. This Isn’t A Two-Way Street The only thing the interviewer cares about is herself and her employer, not you. When asked about your life, your passions, your goals, your interests, she wants to know what you can do for the company and where you can fit in. Keep that in mind as you answer her interview questions. You Don’t Owe The Whole Truth Honesty is a good thing, and you should be honest during your interview. That...
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Internship Testimonial: Selman Haxhiu

Selman Haxhiu, intern in China, Getin2China
Selman Haxhiu has one word to describe Shanghai : Amazing. Selman, who hails from Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, has been enamored by the city from day one. “I really like the scenery and the nightlife that Shanghai has to offer. Also there are a lot of things you could do to keep yourself busy, which is always good.” Compared to Birmingham, Shanghai “ is quite huge. There is more to see and explore in Shanghai, and it's unlikely that you will get bored,” he says. Selman, who is studying Business, Accountancy and Economics at University of Worcester , will do his  internship in China  at Star Shanghai Accounting & Consulting Co., Ltd. His responsibilities include checking if all invoices are in order, ensuring all VAT invoices are collected on time, checking the account receivables, and doing daily related bookkeeping using accounting software. “I hope to gain some valuable experience in...
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Using that Gap Year Wisely

Spending that gap year abroad
There’s no doubt that taking a gap year is a brilliant idea. Doing so allows you to get out of the classroom and breathe and think for yourself. You can volunteer, work, study abroad, travel, or do anything else constructive during your gap year. Why Work? Firstly – money! Getting a paid position means you don’t need to worry about your finances, and can often lead to more exciting opportunities that you may have been unaware of before. Working abroad is a fantastic addition to any resume : whether you’re working on a cattle farm in rural Australia, helping children in a developing country or doing an  internship in China   will show your work ethic, as well as initiative to find work wherever you are! Working Abroad This is fine if you have savings to fund your trip, especially to purchase that sometimes costly airline ticket. You’ll also need some...
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Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia Nikolaychuk's internship in China, Getin2China
Julia Nikolaychuk has arrived in Shanghai for her China internship program , and she says it's "incomparable" to her hometown. "I come from a very small town in western Ukraine. Life in Shanghai is unique in comparison to every big city or megalopolis that I have been to. It is very modern and highly developed. The culture and traditions are visible at every point, what people wear to what they do and how they behave." She adds that unless you've been to Shanghai , you won't "understand its nature." "Amazing views: skyscrapers; lights; hot, humid air; food; lively streets – it has its character distinct from other places. Despite being crowded, the city is very functional in terms of public transport." Julia previously told Gi2C that she chose the Middle Kingdom to do an  internship  because of the opportunities given to young people and for the chance to experience the business...
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Intern Update: Tom James

Tom James at Work
If there’s one thing Tom James learned during his month-long internship in Beijing in August, it was using his initiative to perform well. “Once I had understood this, I did much better work. And my coworkers were very quiet, which seemed like they weren't interested in me, but when they saw my work, they congratulated me well.” Tom finished up his China internship program at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales , where he created marking plans for 2014 and built a new and improved company website, among other things . But there were challenges. “To start with, understanding their business model when most information on the Internet about them was written in Chinese. This was vital to creating the marketing plan. But a lot of browsing and piecing together information helped me overcome this.” His time in Beijing , however, was anything but. “ It was amazing...
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Intern Update: Nicole Kwok

Nicole Kwok's internship in Beijing
Nicole Kwok has arrived in China and she “cannot believe” she’s in Beijing . “I feel like I’ve been here for a few months already. I think I can get used to living and working with local Chinese people.” Nicole from Hong Kong , will do her internship in Beijing at IDC Design as a mechanical engineering assistant. She’s been to Beijing before, but only as a visitor. This time around, she’ll intern in China for three months. “When I reached Beijing , the first thing I did was “purchase a sim card to call my parents.” She adds that she’s also eaten “some cold noodles, fresh fried buns and some braised pork rice.” Yum! Sounds delicious! If you’re a foodie, or just love to eat, there’s no better place in China than Beijing . Because folks from all over the Middle Kingdom flock to the capital to pursue opportunities,...
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Employers Want International Experience

Employers are looking for job candidates with experience abroad
Employers are looking for those with  international experience  in today’s increasingly globalized world. Anita Bruzzese, author of " 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy ,” says international work experience is key to landing a number of jobs. “For many young people, the economic downturn has been especially difficult because they're often competing with seasoned professionals for jobs once reserved for the inexperienced.” These students “bring that experience back and use it as leverage for future internships and jobs,” Jacqueline Levine, assistant dean and director of the University of Rochester ’s study abroad center, tells USA Today . “What is particularly important is when students come back, we ask, ‘What did you learn?’ ‘What do you want to do next with that?’” Roughly 15% of students at the University of Rochester did an overseas internship during the 2011-2012 academic year. That number jumped to 30% during the summer. Internships,...
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Intern Testimonial: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia Nikolaychuk's Getin2China internship program in China
The eurozone crisis is taking its toll on that continent’s population, and some like Julia Nikolaychuk are looking to  China  for opportunities. “Europe is facing a crisis and unemployment rates are rising high,” says 21-year-old Julia, from the Ukraine. “It is outrageous that with having a higher education and speaking four languages fluently finding a job is still a challenge. An  internship in China helps me increase my chances of finding a well-paid job, gain knowledge about international trade, establish business relations with experienced people and learn another language .” Julia will do her  China internship program  at the Shanghai Metal Corporation , a leading manufacturer of metal products, building materials, shipping containers and machinery. Her responsibilities as a trading assistant will include the following: • Ensure sales targets are met • Promote the marketing/sales of the company’s products and services to international partners • Develop sales and marketing strategies •...
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Intern Testimonial: Eloise Grimes

Eloise Grimes and her internship in China with Getin2China
Having previously visited Beijing while studying for a semester in Hong Kong , Eloise Grimes says she knew China would be a great place to develop her career . “ I wanted an internship that was challenging and stimulating, and with  China  being a rapidly growing economy, this seemed the obvious choice .” Eloise, from Blackburn in northwest England, who studied Film and Historical Studies at the University of Manchester , will do her  internship in China  at the Beijing Europe-China Trade Centre International Advisory Co. (ECTC) in public relations. “I know that my role will involve communicating and developing relationships with key people from enterprises, government representatives and cultural institutes. “I am also aware that I'll be expected to undertake research and organise and co-ordinate events.” Eloise says that she hopes to gain a better understanding of how companies operate from the inside when it comes to working their PR magic....
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Intern Testimonial: Alex Roberts

Alex Roberts and his China internship program with Getin2China
For Alex Roberts , he decided to do an  internship in China  for one reason: “To do something outside the box.” “Not being able to find a job I enjoyed in London after graduation I decided to go for it. Also having never lived abroad I wanted to experience a different environment. And Beijing certainly is that !” Beijing , he says, certainly didn’t fit the notion he previously had of the city. “I was sort of expecting to see squatting toilets and run down old buildings everywhere, true communist style. Yet Beijing is the opposite, in many ways more modern than what I was used to in London .” If you follow our blog regularly, you’ll recall that Alex in July debated with the deputy chairman of the People’s Bank of China over the country’s currency, the Renminbi. “I learned about one of the key issues affecting China and the...
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