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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Testimonial: Alex Roberts

Alex Roberts and his China internship program with Getin2ChinaFor Alex Roberts, he decided to do an internship in China for one reason: “To do something outside the box.” “Not being able to find a job I enjoyed in London after graduation I decided to go for it. Also having never lived abroad I wanted to experience a different environment. And Beijing certainly is that!” Beijing, he says, certainly didn’t fit the notion he previously had of the city. “I was sort of expecting to see squatting toilets and run down old buildings everywhere, true communist style. Yet Beijing is the opposite, in many ways more modern than what I was used to in London.” If you follow our blog regularly, you’ll recall that Alex in July debated with the deputy chairman of the People’s Bank of China over the country’s currency, the Renminbi. “I learned about one of the key issues affecting China and the global financial markets,” says Alex of...
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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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