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Gi2C China intern update: Natalia Rastorgueva

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We recently checked in with Natalia to see how her China internship was going. Here’s what she had to say: I’m working at a Chinese law firm and sometimes it can be difficult as some of my colleagues don’t speak Russian or Chinese; therefore, I do most of my work in English such as looking for some information about laws in Russia, translate it in English, explaining some rules about Russian legislation, international contracts, etc. I’ve so far learned about working with people from different countries and English speaking Chinese people, how to deal with international contracts, the differences between Chinese and Russian legislations, and have improved my English speaking and listening skills. Most surprising so far was that I expected Chinese people to speak English very well (which is not quite reality!) and they constantly say “Sorry!” for any misunderstandings we have. But we eventually understand each other just...
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China Intern Update: Hira Iqbal

Gi2C intern in Shanghai, China - Hira
Chinese people are very welcoming and very helpful, I have had no trouble when it came to getting help for anything, if I was lost I got help from any young Chinese person. Most all young Chinese can speak a little bit of English so that's great, especially in Shanghai . My co-workers are very welcoming and they took me around the city on my first week. I have seen pictures and read how advance Shanghai has become but actually being here is a totally different feeling. The public transportation system (metro and buses) have TV's installed and you can use your phones underground. It is very cold in public areas and even inside offices so sometimes you have to wear your coats or jackets while working. My home town is Toronto one of the busiest cities in Canada but if you were to travel via public transportation for 1...
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China Internship Update: Joost van Opstal

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How do you feel about being in China?  Very excited! I have experienced that people here are very open and friendly, and there is a huge willingness to help one another. Also, the culture is amazing, in some places it is like you have stepped back in time, while in other places it feels like you are suddenly in the future. All and all, a great diversity. What one cultural difference stands out to you in particular about China? The superstitions. People really think about what how they act and how certain things might affect the future. I can see that it has a large influence on the daily life of Chinese locals. What are your initial impressions of Beijing? Great city, great willingness to help one another and a city of opportunities. How does Beijing compare to your hometown?  Well, my hometown is a small village in the Netherlands with 12,000 inhabitants. So for...
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China Intern Update: Mike Watson

China Intern Update: Mike Watson
Now that Mike's been in China for a few weeks, it's about time to check in to see how he's doing during his internship in a Company. Is China exactly as he imagined, completely opposite or somewhere in between? Read below to find out more about what life in China is like with Gi2C . How do you feel about being in China ?  "Good. There's so many places to visit and so much to do in Shanghai . I've not even begun to explore it, yet alone the various different sites and cities outside of it. I'm also learning plenty of skills at work that will be relevant for the future." What is one cultural difference that stands out to you in particular about China ? "The great emphasis on food: there are restaurants and kiosks dotted all over the city and none have really disappointed so far. Also how quick and busy everything...
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China Intern Update: Natalia Rastorgueva

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Natalia has now arrived to start her Beijing internship and wanted to let us know that she's doing well but the weather is very cold and windy! However, it's not as cold Russia (her hometown) so she's not too bothered by it. She's having trouble understanding Chinese people but is enjoying the food and trying new delicacies every day. One thing she was surprised to learn was that very few Chinese people are able to speak English, a lot less than she imagined anyhow. She said the people in the shops, in telephone companies, in banks... they don't understand any English at all and she doesn't speak Chinese or can read street signs or bus information so it's been a little difficult!  "The  Chinese language is very difficult to learn so I was hoping that most Chinese people could speak a little English just like we can speak some English in...
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Intern Update: Andrea De Grazia

Andrea De Grazia's internship in Beijing with Getin2China
Andrea has arrived in the Middle Kingdom for his  internship in Beijing !   “I feel fantastic being in  China ,  and I have been experiencing very good feelings about the first experiences I am facing and about the new places I am exploring.     “ Also being surrounded by people belonging to different countries and with different background is another positive aspect of this city .”   Amid the concrete and cultural jungle that is  Beijing , the one thing that stands out for Andrea is commercial. If there’s one thing about Beijingers, they work – and they work a lot.   “The cultural difference that caught my attention the most is the number of hours that most of the shops and supermarket are open. In fact, being available to enter in many different shops at night or during non working days is not an exceptional fact for...
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China Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Intern Update: Tulio Puente

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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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Getin2China Intern Debates China Central Bank Governor

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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 Update: Nick Freer-Smith


After familiarizing himself somewhat with China’s financial capital Shanghai , it was time for Nick Freer-Smith to get down to work. “ So far I've been drafting contracts for clients, and completing some executive summaries for them. I have recently begun a project with a client, which I will be focusing on, and project managing during July, which is an exciting responsibility .” Nick at his desk at China Bluesky Ventures Nick’s China internship program at China Bluesky Ventures , an investment advisory firm, is all about learning the ropes. “ I've learned a lot about correct corporate language, and how to sell your company's services to clients . I've also learned about some of the procedures my company specializes in, particularly due diligence and procurement procedures.” The workplace dynamic has so far been a positive one for the London native. “There are a lot more interns than I expected,...
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