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Prashanth From Mumbai Now Interning In China

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140618-044422_1.jpg Well-travelled Prashanth tells us the story about how he chose China to do his internship. Check it out! "I come from Mumbai (Bombay), west coast of India, one of the busiest cities in the world. It is a diverse and colorful city which welcomes everyone with open hands and makes one feel comfortable and accommodating. I am 22 years old and I have travelled to a lot of places like Ireland, Dubai, Switzerland, France, Turkey, The Netherlands, Belgium and so on. I am a travel freak! I have done my Bachelor’s degree from University of Mumbai and completed my MSc International Business and Management from University of Manchester, UK. I am interested in the field of trade and international business, that’s the reason to choose that area. I will be interning as a Business Development Intern with CSCEE which is located in Beijing. I will be assisting in developing new relationships...
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China Intern Testimonial: Ben Ridgway

Gi2C's China Intern Testimonial: Ben RidgwayI am 23 and from Guildford, Surrey in the United Kingdom. I was awarded a BA in Human Geography from the University of Plymouth and then completed a postgraduate marketing qualification from Cambridge marketing college. I will be working for a market leader in the renewable energy industry based in Shanghai. My responsibilities will be focused around developing their international marketing strategy. Our team will focus on developing and implementing marketing strategies for attractive foreign markets. The company is also looking to use creative channels to generate market demand and expand market share. I am hoping this China internship will develop my interpersonal as well as my marketing skills. I am looking forward to working in a truly international industry in which China is fast becoming a market leader. I am also hoping to develop long-term relationships with my colleagues. I feel that working in China will help me build a...
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JAN
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Flying in China

PEK airportIn a previous post here on the Getin2China blog, we looked at the joys of taking the high-speed rail to satisfy any travel urges during your internship in China. This post will look at flying in the Middle Kingdom – when it’s a good idea, when it isn’t and what you need to know.   Gi2C will place you on the mainland at either an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai – the country’s two most globally connected cities. They’re also of course two of the most domestically connected cities as well. If you’ve got travel on your mind as an intern in China (in addition to kicking butt during your China internship program), Shanghai and Beijing are the best cities to base yourself.   Websites. The best English-language (and multi-language) website to check flights and prices is the user-friendly Ctrip. The site has regular promotions on flights and...
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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 hour...
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Wish list: Applying from Manchester to win a free China internship!

win a free China internship  Being a passionate Mechanical Engineer who  graduated with a Masters from one of the top 30 Universities in the world (The University of Manchester, UK), it is always been my dream to work at a well reputed company. It is very essential to give more care in getting the first full-time job, as it can determine the path of one's entire career life. Considering the competition in today's job market,  it is necessary to stand out among all the other candidates in order to get hired. This is where relevant internship experience is essential. Why China? It was during a mealtime with my Chinese flat mates in Manchester that I came to know about the leading developments in China. Generally among students, the job opportunities and career prospects in China are not being discussed because of the language barrier. But the information I heard from my lovely Chinese friends, changed...
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DEC
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Wish List: Applying from Philippines to Win a Free China Internship!

Nobhe Grace applied for China internship Our graduation song is entitled “Going beyond borders”. I really love listening to it and I already feel the emotion when we will sing it heartily this March 2014. I will really give my best shot on realizing it. One way to go beyond my borders is to live abroad.  I was excited to find the Gi2C China internship program because getting into China will open and widen the doors of opportunities. Through this program, I can gain and earn valuable and important knowledge about my dream job which will help me to become a world-class employee by first having an impressive resume for my future employers. Having this experience will teach me many lessons in life that would help me someday in my future jobs. This might sound odd but realizing it could be my greatest achievement on earth. This is gonna be an awesome experience, a life changing event...
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DEC
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Wish List: Applying from Pakistan to Win a Free China Internship!

Misbah applied for China internship program with Gi2C Every experience and opportunity opens the gate to success and wider perspectives in a person’s life. I believe China internship programs will do the same. Internships are absolutely informative and a building block for a professional career. An internship program in one of the fastest growing economies in the world would be an absolutely brilliant experience. It is a great platform to showcase talents, positive attributes, learn from our surroundings and enhance our capabilities. With my positive attitude, I believe this China internship program will give me a opportunity to learn from the people of China. There is always room for improvement and thus I strongly believe by the end of this internship program I will be even stronger and will have better skills than before. With my dynamic personality I will be able to take full advantage of this program. Being the president of different societies in my college...
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DEC
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Wish list: Applying from America to Win a Free China Internship!

Natalie“So, what do you do?” If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that, I might be as rich as Bill Gates. For the past few years, my response has been the same: “I am a full-time student.” Not a very exciting response, is it? Now more than ever, there is a pressure for the younger generation to go to an accredited university to receive a higher education. But what happens after we graduate? This is the question that can be difficult for us to answer, especially with how hard it is for us to claim the job of our dreams – or any job for that matter. It is like the question we were asked in kindergarten: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer then was a veterinarian. I have always had a love for animals, so I read every book I...
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Wish list: Applying from Spain to Win a Free China Internship!

IsabelCan an internship in China change your future career? Here's Isabel's answer: Well, it’s like winning a lottery ticket, isn’t it? The impact of an internship nowadays on a curriculum vitae is probably as important as having had some experience in the field you want to work. Three, six or nine months of internship in a company can really make a difference on your future career. And of course, economic factors have an impotant role in this situation, the current financial recession has favoured the existence of a ‘gap’ between academic and professional lives. So by offering internships in one of the countries with one of the most prosperous and powerful economies, you are filling that ‘gap’ that the vast majority of people currently find after finishing their studies. To be honest, I’m not looking for a job after the internship, my priority at the moment is to try something different...
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Wish list: Applying from the Philippines to win a free china internship!

Sandra a prospect intern in China with Gi2CAn internship can change your life and affect your career. Choices, a simple yet powerful word that can make ordinary things great… one word, yet life changing. It can transform life according to what you desire. If we sum up everything, life is all about choices. My name is Sandra and I choose to change my life.   As I look back, I can still see the scholar student of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology who was striving hard enough to finish her college degree that can create her own first door to success. She has a lot of hopes and dreams in life. She enjoys helping and loves adventure. She will always be that optimistic woman under a dark cloud. She has a very proud mother and a very supportive social worker father. No matter how difficult life can be, she chose to accept the scholarship and managed to...
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DEC
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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 is: shops and the...
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China Intern Testimonial: Hira Iqbal

Hira Twenty-four year old Hira  hails from Mississauga, Canada and graduated from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology majoring in Business Administration, Human Resources. She will be interning at a Shanghai electronic technology company and in charge of maintaining  good  relations  with  customers,  working  with  the  team  to  develop  new  markets, negotiating pricing with customers, etc. Hira hopes this Shanghai internship will give her solid work experience by working in the real world as well as provide her with professional references and networking contacts. In China, it's all about the contacts and guanxi!Hira was drawn to do an internship in China after reading about China's booming economy and the opportunities available in China. Some people say that China is one of the few places hiring in today's tough economic environment. Hira also has some family members who do business in China which allowed her to better understand what living and working in...
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DEC
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China Internship Testimonial: Mike Watson

international-business-degree Our next recently arrived intern is Mike Watson from Glasgow, UK. He’s 26 and has both a bachelors and masters in computing. He will be interning in Shanghai with a company that specializes in strategic communication research. Mike, what sort of things will you be responsible for at your internship in China? “A variety of things from Help-desk support and maintenance to researching new and upcoming technologies as well as possibly assisting a global IT team on different projects.” Mike told us he’s looking forward to the opportunity to learn from an international company that has a wealth of experience working with a number of different industries. However, learning new skills at work is only part of the experience as the Shanghai internship also offers a chance to explore a completely different culture and experience the traditional and deep historic roots of China as well as explore it's position as one...
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DEC
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Wish List: Applying from Puerto Rico to win a free China internship!

China Internship entryMy name is Jean. I’m 20 years old, and currently majoring in Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico. I’m a native speaker of English and Spanish, and I’m currently studying Chinese and Japanese. As a current student of Psychology, my professional sights are set on the path of an Industrial Psychologist. Utilizing the knowledge I have attained through academic as well as professional experience, I hope to help an organization in the development and achievement of the company goals, its security, as well as the efficiency and well-being of the company’s workforce. Having worked with companies such as Johnson & Johnson and other firms has given me insight as to how successful organizations operate, their ideology and methodology, as well as their needs. Furthermore, through the participation in various internships around the world, my personal and professional capabilities will greatly increase. The international knowledge of workforce policy and views, as...
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Intern Update: Anna Setterberg

Anna Setterberg's internship in Beijing with Getin2ChinaAnna 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 we were in different time...
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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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Internship Testimonial: Selman Haxhiu

Selman Haxhiu, intern in China, Getin2ChinaSelman 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 the Chinese accounting sector,” says Selman....
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Using that Gap Year Wisely

Spending that gap year abroadThere’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 money to support yourself...
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JUL
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When a potential employer asks, ‘Have You Ever Been Fired?’

Fired AnswerJob seekers often struggle with a termination. Take this example: “I’ve been working in the construction industry. Since the housing bust, business has dramatically declined. Recently, I had a disagreement with a co-worker and got fired over this trivial thing I never would have gotten fired for five years ago. What do I say about this?” This client is not alone. We’ve all had positions that didn’t go as well as we had hoped. This is true for full time jobs or even work over the summer. It’s not unusual for students or interns to be fired from summer work. It could have been the company culture, maybe a lack of support made a job difficult, or it could have been something we did. The interviewer’s job is to get you to reveal errors in judgment or performance – things they can use to weed you out so they can move...
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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, which is fantastic because we all...
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