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Intern Update: Nick Freer-Smith

Nick Freer Smith and his China internship program
Nick Freer-Smith’s internship in Shanghai at China Bluesky Ventures , an investment advisory firm, has come to an end. “I learned all sorts of things during my internship, both technically about the finance sector and consulting, and more practical advice about business in general. Probably the most valuable thing I learned was the importance of networking , and building networks of people who could help you in the future, as I saw first hand the benefits of many different contacts at my company .” Like any good China internship program , there were challenges. “There was a range of different challenges I faced … including working to deadlines and dealing with a project or document I didn't fully understand. As my degree is not in a finance-related field, there were several tasks that I found more challenging; however for the most part I was able to understand the majority of tasks,...
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The Value of Unpaid Internships

what an unpaid internship can do for you
Unpaid internships have roused plenty of controversy. While plenty of folks refuse to do one, there are certainly benefits to doing an  unpaid internship .   For instance, you get an inside look at the world of your chosen career, and that practical experience is invaluable. Doing a good job also gives an employee a sense of pride by providing a product or service that’s meaningful and offers something to help others which comes with its own set of benefits and rewards. Not only that, but an internship looks great on your resume . Whether it be in a college classroom or interning for an employer, doing a good job results in increased opportunities for the future, especially when being evaluated directly against other students or employees. Whether they are paid or not, interns will get a first-hand look at what’s entailed in actually working for an employer in the...
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Intern Update: Tom James

Tom James and his internship in China
Previously , Tom James told Gi2C that he was keen on impressing his colleagues during his internship in Beijing at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales . Sounds like he’s pulled it off. “I work in a team with other interns and we work on projects. We have created a Marketing Plan for ICAEW for 2014, created content for the website and I built a new and improved website for them as a suggestion to integrate certain elements into their current website. Now, I am the project manager for a research project into the air purifier market in China and we will present our findings soon .” And what would an internship be without learning? “I have gained insight into the air purification market in  China ,” says Tom. “I have learned about many different advertising channels within the country. I have learned about vital cultural differences...
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Writing a Skills-based Resume

How to write a skills-based resume
If you’re fresh out of university, you likely never held down a full time job. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a resume. If you’re looking for your first job or if you’re looking to try something new, you need a resume that highlights your skills and speaks about your capabilities in a broad sense. How To Write A Skills-Based Resume The primary focus of your resume should not be about who you worked for and the types of responsibilities and projects you held, whether part time or over the summer. You need to hone in on particular experience and skills in a broader sense to show how it can apply to your first time or if you’re heading into a completely new field. For instance, say a candidate was a successful intellectual property lawyer and now wants to make the transition to public relations. The PR employer could care...
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Intern Testimonial: Nicole Kwok

Nicole's Beijing internship with GI2C
Hong Kong is often described as the “door” to  China , which explains why multinationals have a presence there and expatriates from one corner to the other are flocking to the city. Its close proximity to the Middle Kingdom also explains why young folks in Hong Kong are eager to do an internship in China , or the “mainland.” One such person is Nicole Kwok, who will intern in China for three months at IDC Design , a design firm in Beijing . “I will work as a mechanical design assistant in the company,” says Kwok. “I will be responsible for supporting engineering activities during the project and mass production stages. I will work on new product development as well as sustaining engineering. There’s more. “Also, I will develop technical design documentation (particularly on 3D drawings and specifications). Sometimes, I will diagnose and solve mechanical problems, both under guidance from...
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4 Ways Not to Ruin Your Career on Social Media

How to avoid ruining your job seach on social media
Social media, will all of its benefits to you as an individual, also has risks attached to it. Using social media without thinking about the consequences can have a disastrous impact on your career. If someone has a platform to share thoughts quickly, it can become a slippery slope. Social media can connect you to an audience at an impressive speed, but also gives you the chance to share inappropriate or questionable content. Also, if you’re looking for a job or internship in China , for example, don’t think you’re off the hook. Although Facebook and Twitter are blocked in the Middle Kingdom ( LinkedIn is not), employers can check your accounts easily by surpassing the Great Firewall through a virtual private network . Companies big and small in China even use western social media tools to reach out to global consumers, so don’t think you’re safe from inspection. There are...
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How to get Hired Online

Using the Internet to get hired
If you’re  looking for a job   chances are that you’re hitting the Internet instead of searching through newspapers or industry publications. With the majority of jobs being advertised online, making sure you’re  applying  correctly is more important than ever. At  Getin2China , we also post a sample of some of our China internship programs online. Here are some of the best ways to get hired online. E-mail Subscriptions Make sure you’re subscribed to as many job sites as you can, entering in as many details as possible. If there are a couple of sectors you’re interested in, make sure you tick them all, instead of just looking at one. Widen your range from the main recruitment websites to  industry  specific bulletins and sites – these more precise sites may come up with jobs that aren’t being advertised as widely. Social Media Sites Social media sites will be your best friend...
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4 Ways to Kill your Resume

Writing a strong resume
Want to cause a recruiter to toss your resume aside? It’s easy! When an employer is faced with several –possibly hundreds– of applications, he or she will try to narrow this list down quickly. Making one of the following mistakes can get your resume tossed in just a matter of seconds. And this is true no matter where in the world you apply, whether for a job or internship . 1. You Didn’t Attach A Cover Letter This is not a good start to any job application. Failing to include a cover letter instantly means that you have failed to put in the extra minute it takes to attach a cover letter, and this is never a good thing. A lot of recruiters delete their first round of applicants simply because they have not included a cover letter. If you’re applying for an internship program in China , a cover...
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Wish List: Letter From England

Dear GI2C, I’m looking for an internship ! Preferred Duration : 6 Months  1st choice : Journalism  2nd Choice : Accounting / Administration  3rd Choice : Media / PR / Events Management  English Level : Native  Other Languages : Spanish   I am applying for this role with Getin2China because I would like to gain experience of working abroad and work with a new team. My desired line of career is in journalism and I believe working in China can help me further my skills and abilities within the field. I am also eager to work with a new publication and develop interesting and exciting articles using my excellent and creative writing skills to attract new readers and help the publication succeed as a business. The opportunity will also give me the chance to meet new people and make contacts within the field of journalism for future employment. If I...
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Wish List: Letter From Canada

Dear Getin2China, I’m looking for an internship ! Preferred Duration : 3 Months 1st choice : Legal / Law English Level : Advanced Chinese Level : Native Other Languages : Native Cantonese, Basic Mandarin I hope to be able to gain experience and knowledge in the legal field, whether in a law firm or a company’s legal department. I would like to be able to apply my legal knowledge obtained from school to the practical legal field . I am aware that learning about the law from a classroom may be a very different experience from learning about the workings of the law in reality, hence I would like to be able to gain experience of the law from a practical perspective, rather than a theoretical one. I am also enthusiastic in experiencing the legal field in a large city in China , whose development has been fast and growing into...
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Intern Testimonial: Alex Shishkin

Alex Shishkin's internship with Getin2China in Beijing
For Alex Shishkin, choosing to  intern in China  was a no brainer. “I can name more than 10 reasons why I went to China - rich, cultural background, low prices, different political system, rapidly-developing economy, etc. I can't say that those reasons are not true. Because they are! ” Alex Shishkin, second left, with Getin2China staff But more important than the above luring reasons, developing himself personally was the most important reason Alex went to  China . “ If you go to another country as a mere tourist, you are risking the chance of missing out on all those great opportunities to develop your social skills . Yes, you'll visit a lot of interesting spots - museums and temples - buy a lot of gifts and other useless stuff for your friends. You’ll also take many splendid pictures of the National Geographic kind. “However, the reality is that you won't...
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Surprise Interview Questions: They'll Get You Every Time

Surprise interview questions
Many interviews, whether they are for jobs in IT or jobs in admin, will contain surprise interview questions. Normally, they will be questions about experience and motivation, but that won’t always be the case. Unexpected questions will sometimes be asked to see how someone thinks on their feet, rather than having a prepared response for an expected question. Testing A Person’s Character For the prospective employer, your answers may reveal a lot about your experience and motivation, but not necessarily much about your character or how you will fit in with fellow employees. Expect a question about character. The unexpected question will often take an interviewee by surprise, especially when an interview begins in a stereotypical way. An interviewee will often seem confident when the questions asked are the expected ones, but when something unusual is thrown at him or her the confident exterior will sometimes vanish, and they may become flustered....
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Intern Update: Tom James

GI2C intern Tom James doing his internship in Beijing
Tom James has landed, and he finds China “really exciting.” “ I think I have settled in well so far. I also feel very surprised at how different Chinese culture is to western culture. But that is a good thing! ” says Tom, adding that Gi2C has been “very welcoming” so far. “Also, I feel a little nervous for two reasons. One, for crossing the roads without getting run over! And two, because I want to impress my company.” Tom will do his China internship program at Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) in  Beijing   the nation’s capital. As Tom mentions in a previous post , he’ll live with a Chinese family, an excellent way to soak in the local culture. “My family is super friendly,” says Tom. He’s staying with a mother, father and their 11-year-old daughter. “The cousin has been translating so far, but...
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How to Get the Job You Want

Get the Job You Want
You have a job, but you’re miserable. It’s time to get the job you want. Discard entry-level templates, shrug off your excuses, and follow these five tips to ensure the next time is the last time you disappear down the will-they/won’t-they employment rabbit hole. What Do Your Qualifications Say About You? The choices we make post university can either bolster or undermine our piece of paper. While a degree in engineering or planning may attract the attention of boutique recruitment companies, a lack of volunteer work or engaging extra-curricular activities may count against you. If you’ve got the extra-curriculars on there, talk about the outstanding experiences you had (which is why extra-curriculars should never simply be resume padding. If you sign up for one, throw yourself completely in to get the most experience out of it). Companies and agencies feel comfortable with hiring candidates who reflect their philosophy, embrace teamwork,...
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Intern Update: Tulio Puente

Tulio
Tulio’s China internship program is in full swing, and he says living in Beijing is “all about learning.” Previously , Tulio told Gi2C that Novel-SuperTv , his host company, has plans to expand into the Latin American market. “ I am supporting the Overseas Sales Director in the transition to the LATAM market, doing some research on LATAM Digital TV market news, keeping track of some customers they already have, and translating some documents for their use with the clients ,” says Tulio. “So far my colleagues have been very kind with me, and as I work in the Overseas Department many of them speak English (although I need a little bit of help when I need to communicate with other departments). I am also making good friends there. I think the key is in adapting and joining their outside activities and showing them your willingness to try their culture.”...
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Recent Grads have these 4 Fears

facing the fears
Life can slap you in the face once you’ve left university. Suddenly, you’ve got real commitments to keep and deadlines to make, you can’t skip classes just because you partied too hard on Tuesday night, and spending every day in sweatpants? Fo’get about it. Sounds pretty dull, huh? But it doesn’t have to be! Here are some solutions for these common fears of recent grads. Fear #1: Being Tired All The Time It’s weird, isn’t it? You could stay up until the wee hours in the morning, sleep for two hours, and somehow still make it to class for your big presentation. After college, this seems like an unthinkable feat. Why? Because, chances are, you were able to come back after your presentation and snooze for a couple of hours before your next class. Unfortunately, most workplaces haven’t passed a nap time policy yet (unless you work at Google!). So, how...
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Getin2China Intern Debates China Central Bank Governor

Alex in debate
Getin2China U.K. Intern Alex Roberts debated with the Governor of the People’s Bank of China over the country’s currency and economic policies in Beijing in July. Alex has been working at FSI , a Wall Street FOREX trading firm in Beijing. He, along with two other Getin2China interns from America and Korea, met and debated with the Governor for two hours. These monthly debates are part of the networking events organized for interns by Getin2China . An internship in China should encompass more than simply hard work. Being in China affords you the opportunity to build contacts, expand your network and meet other fascinating interns and established professionals in China . We hold a variety of business lectures and networking events to help you meet new people, make new friends and grow professionally.
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Intern Testimonial: Tom James

Tom James
It took a bit of arm-twisting, but Tom James managed to convince his parents to allow him to do an internship in China . “They laughed and said I can't! So I proved to them that there were no decent opportunities for me in England and that  working in China  would be really good for me as a person and as experience to help me in my career. “After a lot of pleading, they agreed that I could go - maybe it was because I said I'd pay for it all myself!” The Oswestry, England native will do a one-month internship in Beijing at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), where he’ll be responsible for organizing marketing projects for the company, arranging meetings and interfacing with other businesses and organizations. Tom hopes to get five things out of his internship. First, learning how Chinese operate an accounting...
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Wish List: Letter From China

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Dear Getin2China, I’m looking for an internship ! Preferred Duration : 3 Months 1st choice : Marketing / Sales / Advertising 2nd Choice : Business Development 3rd Choice : Media / PR / Events Management English Level : Native Chinese Level : Native I am a Chinese citizen who has grown up overseas, mostly in South Africa and then London most recently. I am a bi-lingual in both English and Mandarin at a native speaking level. I graduated with a BA fashion management degree and I will be getting a Msc in Marketing and branding to further develop my knowledge this area. My goal is to gain hands on industry experience in China with a desired company with the goal to be offered a full time position with this company upon graduation. I am looking to doing marketing at a multinational luxury goods company and learn how luxury brand management...
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Do Employers Care that you Job Hop?

Flaky
In a study released by Evolv, over 100,000 call center employees were asked about their employment history and their current tenure. The results could change how recruiters look at your employment past. Recruiters try to screen out “ job hoppers ;” that is, employees who seem to perpetually change jobs. (If you’re wondering why you may be a job hopper, read this ). For companies, this type of employee is costly because it isn’t cheap to make a new hire given recruiting and training costs. Some say a job hopper who leaves before six months can cost an organization one and a half times the employee’s annual salary. The assumption is that if your resume shows a long list of companies, with some jobs lasting six months or less, then you are a job hopper and will, therefore, leave all of your future jobs at the same frequency. Evolv’s study...
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