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5 Ways to Guarantee Success on the Job

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20141013-064448_1.png Regardless if you are just starting your career, beginning an internship or still in university, now is the time to ponder what you want to do for the rest of your life in terms of a career. We recently sat down with an owner and CEO who has been running his company successfully for 15 years to get his advice on how to have a successful career. 1. Love what you do It might not always be possible to love your job but you should know early on what it is that you truly love to do and be moving towards that goal. If you are impatient, like I was, about achieving that goal only after years and years of working slowly up the ladder, then start your own company. Loving what you do will get you through the inevitable tough times that we all face in our career.   2....
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My China Internship Experience - Christian W.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Christian-W.jpg Christian has just completed his two-month Gi2C internship in the communications industry. His job was to assist in the production of design and branding for the company and clients. One thing about his internship that he was surprised by was the amount of responsibility he was given from the onset. However, this trust kept him motivated to succeed and to increase his professionalism. During his internship, Christian learned how to harness his creativity and passion and his organizational ability to create a powerful approach of satisfying both clients needs and time constraints. Christian said, “While working in a Chinese environment, I learned that the eastern approach to design must be understood before incorporating western styles of design.” His biggest challenge during the internship was a technical one. “As I am a Macbook user with my main input and output being Adobe software, PPT was something I always dreaded and had...
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Five tips for a successful career

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140911-070027_1.jpg Whether you’re just beginning your career, starting an internship or still in school, now is the time to start thinking about what you can do to ensure a successful career. We recently interviewed a CFO to get her advice on the matter. Here are her top five tips: 1. Consistent, on-time arrival Being on time shows people that you respect their time and also reduces stress. If you are consistently on time, people will grow to depend on you and give you additional responsibilities. As you receive more and more responsibility, you will quickly rise to the top. 2. Daily written goals Without goals, you have no roadmap for how to accomplish the company’s strategy or your career objectives. You will get behind on projects and you will quickly lose sight of where you want to go with your career as you try to play catch up with your daily work....
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Meet Annie-Mei from Canberra, Australia – New Gi2C Intern in Beijing 798

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140904-055219_1.jpg Hi Annie-Mei! Tell us a little about yourself. I live in Canberra, Australia now but growing up I lived on the Gold Coast in Queensland right next to the beach. We used to go surfing in primary school for summer sport because we could walk across the road from school to the beach. I am 22 years old. Some exciting things I’ve done so far in life… I've been to a music festival in Serbia called EXIT, seen an active volcano on the island of Hawaii and was in Barcelona when Spain won the Eurocup final in 2012. I studied a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University majoring in Chinese (Mandarin) and Art History. I studied Chinese in high school and decided to continue with it. As for Art History, I came across it by accident when I took an Art History course as an elective. I really...
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Wish list: Jeannette - Applying for a free China Internship!

My name is Jeannette and I have learned what it takes to have ambition.  I knew at a young age I never wanted to go to college because at eleven years old my mom got injured at work and it quickly down spiraled into something much worse.  Within a few short months she developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), a complicated nerve disorder that causes pain and slow deterioration of the body. We also never foresaw the coupling diseases that would add on over the years. I grew up so fast and I pushed away people because I no longer was able to connect on a fun and interesting level with people my age. So I put on a façade and took on a job to try to help my family. We fought and watched my mother go in and out of hospitals and knock on deaths door a few too many...
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High-speed trains in China

intern in China and take a high speed trainChina is a massive country, one of the world's largest. But exploring this vast land isn't as difficult as it looks. The Middle Kingdom is in the midst of rapidly expanding its transport infrastructure. New flight and high-speed rail routes are opening up all the time. There's never been an exciting time to travel within China than now! Whether you're doing an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai, you're in luck: Both cities - one the political capital, the other the financial one - are two of China's premier transport hubs. Getting where you want to be is cake. Below is some information about the country's high-speed trains to help you as an intern in China get your travel plans off the ground. In a later post, we'll look at travel by air. High-Speed Trains. One of the best ways to travel in China is no doubt by high-speed...
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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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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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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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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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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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Five Ways to Meet New People for your Network

Five ways to expand your professional network A referral through someone in your network is a highly effective way to land a job. Sometimes, it’s not just what you know, but who you know. You might think this is unfair, but you too could benefit from having a solid network or helping a friend out with your connections. Everyone is a connection, including you. Remember that. An endorsement from someone the hiring manager trusts is an extremely powerful means of influence. People in your network are also a great source of information about relevant job openings, and may be able to provide advice about how best to position yourself to the company. Sometimes, the best opportunities don’t reach job boards or recruiters because people within the network of the hiring company get to it first. Take the time to build a professional network. Below are five ways to meet new professional contacts.   Conferences And Events Attending...
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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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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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Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia Nikolaychuk's internship in China, Getin2ChinaJulia 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 dynamics of the Far...
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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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Employers Want International Experience

Employers are looking for job candidates with experience abroadEmployers are looking for those with international experience in today’s increasingly globalized world. Anita Bruzzese, author of "45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy,” says international work experience is key to landing a number of jobs. “For many young people, the economic downturn has been especially difficult because they're often competing with seasoned professionals for jobs once reserved for the inexperienced.” These students “bring that experience back and use it as leverage for future internships and jobs,” Jacqueline Levine, assistant dean and director of the University of Rochester’s study abroad center, tells USA Today. “What is particularly important is when students come back, we ask, ‘What did you learn?’ ‘What do you want to do next with that?’” Roughly 15% of students at the University of Rochester did an overseas internship during the 2011-2012 academic year. That number jumped to 30% during the summer. Internships, says Levine, open the door to...
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