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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 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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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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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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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 Testimonial: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia Nikolaychuk's Getin2China internship program in ChinaThe eurozone crisis is taking its toll on that continent’s population, and some like Julia Nikolaychuk are looking to China for opportunities. “Europe is facing a crisis and unemployment rates are rising high,” says 21-year-old Julia, from the Ukraine. “It is outrageous that with having a higher education and speaking four languages fluently finding a job is still a challenge. An internship in China helps me increase my chances of finding a well-paid job, gain knowledge about international trade, establish business relations with experienced people and learn another language.” Julia will do her China internship program at the Shanghai Metal Corporation, a leading manufacturer of metal products, building materials, shipping containers and machinery. Her responsibilities as a trading assistant will include the following: • Ensure sales targets are met • Promote the marketing/sales of the company’s products and services to international partners • Develop sales and marketing strategies • Train local sales and marketing staff in...
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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, and my company were...
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The Value of Unpaid Internships

what an unpaid internship can do for youUnpaid internships have roused plenty of controversy. While plenty of folks refuse to do one, there are certainly benefits to doing an unpaid internship.   For instance, you get an inside look at the world of your chosen career, and that practical experience is invaluable. Doing a good job also gives an employee a sense of pride by providing a product or service that’s meaningful and offers something to help others which comes with its own set of benefits and rewards. Not only that, but an internship looks great on your resume. Whether it be in a college classroom or interning for an employer, doing a good job results in increased opportunities for the future, especially when being evaluated directly against other students or employees. Whether they are paid or not, interns will get a first-hand look at what’s entailed in actually working for an employer in the real world. The benefits...
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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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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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Do this, don't do that, when waiting for your interview

waiting-interviewSo, you got the interview for the job of your dreams. You check in with the receptionist and you’re asked to have a seat. What you do in the next few minutes can be the deciding factor on your future with the company. There are interviewers who regularly ask their receptionists what the prospective employee was doing while waiting to be called in. According to CEO Andy Ory, first impressions are generally formed while the applicant is waiting in the lobby, and they become relevant to the hiring decision between 5% and 10% of the time. That’s no insignificant rate! Although first impressions can be wrong, candidates aren’t often given a second chance. First impressions matter greatly in all corners of the globe. Make your first impression last! Finally, if you're applying for an internship in China or anywhere else, the same rules apply as if it were a job interview. Be...
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