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China Intern Review: Degives Thibault

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140318-081333_1.jpg Tell us a little about yourself. I'm 25, from Belgium. I was born in Brussels and I'm living and studying in a city called Louvain-la-Neuve. I have a bachelor in accountancy and I'm studying finance.   What do you know about your internship and hope to get out of it? Why China? I’ll be interning in the financial sector in Beijing and will be looking for investment opportunities and also doing risk and solvability analysis. I hope to go back to my home country with a unique experience that will help me for the rest of my career. I also hope to have a different perspective of the sector I have been studying and a new way of facing the different issues we will meet. I chose China to do my internship because, for the last 20 years at least, China has been drastically changing and opening itself to the...
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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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Three things to know about Beijing before you arrive

GET in2 China CCTVBeijing is a vast cosmopolitan city constantly reinventing itself. For the short-term traveler or the long-term resident, the city is one that never grows tired. If you plan on doing an internship in Beijing, China’s capital, below are three things you should know before you arrive.  Hutongs. Located in the center of the city, or what is widely considered old Beijing, are charming lanes and alleyways known as hutongs. There used to be more than present, but the vast majority were wiped away in the name of development. But don’t fret. More than enough remain for you to explore as an intern in China. After having visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the city’s major temples, the hutongs remain. Because they cover a vast area of Beijing, you’ll likely only scratch the surface during your time in China. You’ll never grow bored exploring them, no matter how...
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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 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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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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Wish List: China Internship Program - Letter from Pakistan

Ifrah - China interns from PakistanDear 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 only build...
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OCT
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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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OCT
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Day trip from Beijing: Qinhuangdao

Head out for a day trip from Beijing to ShanhaiguanFor 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 wish to see and do, you'll need to...
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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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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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Intern Update: Tom James

Tom James at WorkIf 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,” Tom says of Beijing....
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SEP
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Intern Update: Nicole Kwok

Nicole Kwok's internship in BeijingNicole 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, you’ll find cuisine from all...
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Intern Update: Tom James

Tom James and his internship in ChinaPreviously, 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 when conducting business in China. “And...
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Writing a Skills-based Resume

How to write a skills-based resumeIf 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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4 Ways Not to Ruin Your Career on Social Media

How to avoid ruining your job seach on social mediaSocial 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 a few things...
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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 letter is...
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Intern Update: Tom James

GI2C intern Tom James doing his internship in BeijingTom 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 the mum and daughter do speak...
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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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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 completely invalidates this...
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