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The Gi2C “China Unfiltered” Photo Contest Announcement

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140331-074629_1.pngEveryone’s on Instagram these days. Are you? If you’re already there, follow us! If you’re not on Instagram yet but have been thinking about signing up for a while, now is the time. Gi2C Group is holding it’s first ever Instagram photo contest with a great prize: A set of 6 Great Wall Chinese Mandarin learning DVDs.   Here’s how you can win. It's easy as 1, 2, 3: First, follow us on Instagram @getin2china. Second, post your favorite China photo taken during 2014. It can be of interesting Chinese food, people, places… anything that shows the real China. The Instagram public will guide our decision so the more likes your photo gets the more likely it is that you will be chosen. Third, don't forget the 3 tags: #chinaunfiltered #gi2c and your city (#shanghai, #beijing or whatever China city you are currently in!). The contest will last for three weeks and the...
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MAR
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Day trip from Beijing

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140318-103032_1.jpgIn a previous post here, we talked about three short-haul trips from Beijing. However, there are quite a few more possibilities and today we’ll be talking about how to get to another great location when you have a free weekend. As an intern in Beijing, you will most likely want to not only explore the city but also other cool places in the near vicinity. Shidu Located about 80km to the SW of Beijing, Shidu literally means “tenth crossing” because you need to cross the Juma River ten times in order to get to the town. The best time to visit is between March and October. What to do in Shidu? Bamboo rafting down the river is a very fun and relaxing activity in Shidu. The cost is RMB 30 for one hour. Bungee jumping is also available for around RMB 200. If you’re going with a group of friends or...
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JAN
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China Internship Update: Joost van Opstal

JoostHow 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 one...
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DEC
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China Intern Update: Natalia Rastorgueva

Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 12.51.57 PM 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 Russia...
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DEC
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China Internship Testimonial: Bradley Coushman

Bradley Coushman - Gi2C InternBradley Coushman hails from “fantastic” San Francisco, CA, USA. “It’s home to Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, IBM, Intel, Chevron, Visa, and Virgin America”, he told us making it a fantastic place to be from indeed! Bradley is 29 and studied Fashion Design/Business for his bachelors and is studying Luxury Brand Management for his masters. For his internship program in China, he will be working with a marketing and events team to organize PR and trade shows. Bradley hopes to get a lot out of his time in China and is “looking forward to getting an international business perspective, and diversify my work experience. I hope to create good professional contacts around the world to help facilitate growth for myself, my career, and my peers.” We were curious, why did Bradley choose China? “I decided to take an internship in China for a few reasons. China is one of the fastest growing economies in...
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DEC
05
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China Internship Testimonial: Joost van Opstal

JoostWe recently interviewed Joost a few days before his arrival in China and look forward to hearing an update from him now that he's arrived! Joost, please tell us a bit about yourself. I am from Breda, Netherlands.  I am 27 years old.  I majored in International Tourism Management. Which company will you be interning at?  I'll be interning at a five star hotel in Beijing. What do you know so far about the kind of work you’ll be doing? I'll most likely be working in different departments within Rooms Division like Front Office and Guest Services, ensuring guests have a care free and memorable stay! What are you hoping to get out of your internship? I'm actually taking a step back by conducting this internship. I worked as a Guest Service Manager in the Netherlands, but due to the crisis in Europe there are few spaces left for personal growth...
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DEC
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Intern Update: Andrea De Grazia

Andrea De Grazia's internship in Beijing with Getin2ChinaAndrea 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 Chinese people, but it is definitely for me.”   For...
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DEC
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China Internship Testimonial: Andrea De Grazia

Andrea De Grazia and his internship in Beijing Doing an internship in Beijing for Andrea De Grazia was a no brainer. "I believe China is the right place in order to start an international career in the financial sector." Andrea will do his internship at Montpelier Group, an international wealth management and and offshore tax planner with offices around Asia. He says he chose China because it's the world's fastest developing major economy. The world's top multinational firms have a significant presence here, another alluring factor. "I know that my responsibilities will be learning the trading activities of the company and participating in its corporate activities," says Andrea of Forex. The 24-year-old from Reggio Calabria, Italy, who holds degrees from schools in Milan and the UK, plans on making the most of his China internship program. "I hope to get experience in the wealth management field in order to enhance my knowledge and skills and to start a career in this sector.  At the same time...
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NOV
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China Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia nikolaychuk and her internship in ShanghaiJulia 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 21st 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 her co-workers went to sleep during their lunch hour. In China, the noontime nap – usually done at the...
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NOV
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China Internship Testimonial: Natalia Rastorgueva

Screen shot 2013-11-30 at 12.51.57 PMInternships 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 to...
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NOV
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Internship Testimonial: Anastasiya Kaurdakova

AnaPotential 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 event...
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NOV
24
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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 were very helpful when I asked questions.” In Shanghai, China’s financial capital and...
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OCT
15
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Intern Update: Eloise Grimes

Eloise Grimes' internship in Beijing with Getin2ChinaEloise 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, Beijing can be...
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SEP
29
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The Cover Letter: It Matters

Writing a good cover letter matters in a job searchOh 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.” When you demonstrate...
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SEP
18
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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 being...
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JUN
18
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Intern Testimonial: Tulio Puente

Tulio PuenteTulio Puente has found himself in the right place at the right time. Puente, from Monterrey, Mexico will do his China internship program at Novel-SuperTv, a telecommunications company in Beijing, and he’s looking to be of particular use during his time in the Middle Kingdom. “The company has intentions to expand their market to Latin America, due to the increasing opportunities and ties between both regions, so I will basically be a marketing research assistant to help develop strategies to increase their customer's agenda.” Tulio Puente He says that the growing ties between Mexico and China (Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Mexico earlier in June with the aim of expanding ties between the two rapidly developing economies) will lead to “opportunities in the future for those with experience in the Chinese market or with language skills.” The 21-year-old, who is studying Economics in Mexico and did an exchange in Hong...
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JUN
14
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10 Mistakes that can Ruin any Interview

interview tipsYour cover letter and resume have made a positive impression on a potential employer, and they’ve called you in for an interview. Now, you need to ensure the employer stays impressed with you and your potential in their organization. There’s an old saying first impressions count – and there is no better instance of the truth to this than the impressions made during an interview. A variety of factors are in effect. It may include the way you are dressed, how you communicate, your personality, and a number of other considerations. It takes a lot to develop a positive impression, and conversely requires very little to leave one that does not work in your favor as key decisions are made for the new talent they need to bring on. While first impressions can be wrong (and they often are), the job candidate might not be given a second chance. Better get...
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MAY
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Six Ways to Achieve the Salary You Deserve

Six Ways to Achieve the Salary You DeserveNegotiating salary with a potential employer can be tricky. If done right, both sides can walk away happy and the working relationship can get off on the right foot. The key is to be open but firm, confident but not arrogant. Don’t feel you shouldn’t negotiate either: Everyone should be offered a salary based on market value (even salaries are supply and demand based). A good and fair salary is a key motivator to excel in the workplace. This is true whether in China, the West or anywhere. Below are six ways to ensure you get the salary you deserve. 1. Be Confident and Professional Tone is key, and the wrong tone can easily turn an employer off. Let the employer know through a positive tone that your goal in negotiating your salary is a win-win situation for both sides. Avoid a “give-me-what-I-want-or-else” tone. That won’t work, and could convince the employer you aren’t that interested in...
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