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Meet new Gi2C Finance Intern Tomas from Italy and Argentina!

b2ap3_thumbnail_image002_20150116-073023_1.jpg Before becoming a new Gi2C finance intern in China, Tomas studied economics and international politics in Italy and Switzerland. Over the past three decades, he has had the opportunity to live in different countries, which provided him with an interesting perspective on life. Tomas will be interning in Shanghai at a finance company. He told us he can draw upon previous work experience in the field but looks forward to learning about China and getting more of the necessary financial know-how that all astute finance professionals need. Tomas chose China because he has friends that have worked here and they said great things about working in Shanghai. He stumbled upon the Gi2C website by accident – isn’t life full of interesting coincidences! Tomas feels comfortable in China because he has a family member living here. He also is fearless to live abroad because he has lived in numerous countries before which is...
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Intern Final Testimonial – Ben R.

b2ap3_thumbnail_image002_20140722-051616_1.jpgWhen we first interviewed Ben 6 months ago, he had just arrived in China and was about to start his internship in the renewable energy industry in Shanghai. For his internship, Ben was responsible for the UK and Irish markets. His role was to develop relationships with companies in these markets as well as support them in their sales and marketing activities. Let’s find out what Ben took away from his time and internship in China. “What surprised me most about the internship was the working conditions. Compared to Europe, they are very poor. We were expected to use our own equipment and a poor connection to the internet made carrying out my duties difficult. However, my internship helped improve my communication skills in both written and spoken format. My teamwork has also improved due to being part of a multinational department. Chinese business culture is very different from my own. During...
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Shanghai Intern Joe from Canada

b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled.png Joe F. recently landed in China, let's see what he thinks about his new internship adventure! I am from Vancouver but I also grew up in Calgary, Canada. Vancouver possesses an allencompassing geography ranging from mountainous terrain to sandy beaches thus providing an enriching active lifestyle. Growing up in Calgary was fantastic due to the huge amount of snowfall you get during a prolonged winter season and good old quality Alberta beef! I am 25 years young turning 26 end of this year. Something interesting I’ve done so far is being fortunate enough to have traveled to various places in North America and China such as: Seattle, L.A., Chicago, Toronto, Shanghai, Nanjing, and more. I still intend to tackle Europe in the coming years. I studied at Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in the Faculty of Communications, Arts & Technology. (FCAT). I chose to study Communications because...
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Anton Auerbach’s Internship in Shanghai

b2ap3_thumbnail_Tony-Duffo.jpg Anton was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but now lives in Naperville, Illinois in the United States. He's 21 and no stranger to adventure. Anton backpacked and rode a camel through the Gobi Desert this spring and also worked a summer in Germany. 

Anton is a Finance and Peace Studies double major. He told us, "I chose Finance because I thought it was the most applicable to my career goals and I chose Peace Studies in order to study about micro-finance, economic development and poverty reduction, which are some of my passions." 
 Having just arrived in Shanghai, Anton will begin his internship in the Private Equity and Hospitality industries where he will be working on various tasks which include financial analysis, marketing, strategic development as well as anything else the team gives him. Anton hopes to learn more about the hospitality industry from an investment side as well as gain...
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Shanghai interns’ Huangpu outing: Tianzi Fang on Taikang Lu

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140527-050952_1.jpg Tianzi Fang is a walking and shopping area filled with edgy marketing and design studios, gorgeous fashion and interior outlets and established artists of all varieties. There are also some great restaurants, cafes and bars to sustain this hungry creative bunch and the curious who walk around this local Shanghai hangout. The area was originally a residential and factory zone and is now home to Shanghai’s trendsetters. The architecture is breathtaking, the shops filled with novelties, the food is delicious and the people you’ll find out and about are as diverse as the shops within. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and enjoy the mix of old with new. Our Shanghai interns found it to be “a very interesting place to visit filled with character”. Most likely they’ll be back on their own to spend some more time in this eclectic part of town.
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Gi2C China Intern's Story: Pierre-Joseph Pastorelli

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140521-044959_1.jpg "I am 24 years old and grew up in Villers-Perwin, Belgium. Arthur Grumiaux (a famous violinist) was born in my city. I studied Public Relations at HELHa in Fleurus and will be interning in Shanghai. From what I've heard, my job will be to build up a large network here with high level company managers and establish good relationships with entrepreneurs in the local communities. I will understand the filtration industry more and know how to help with improving the quality of air and water. I chose China to do my internship because China is one of the most powerful countries in the world. The Chinese people are at the center of the business world today. So it's the perfect place to do an internship abroad. I travel a lot so I wasn't afraid to start a new adventure in a new place. My family didn't believe me when I...
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Exploring The Ancient Water Town Of Zhujiajiao With Gi2C

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140425-045343_1.jpgSome of our newly arrived Shanghai interns recently had the opportunity to explore to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao which is just outside of Shanghai. This village has over 30 pedestrian bridges, which are the perfect place to stop and take a photo. Going under the bridges on a riverboat cruise is also a great way to experience Zhujiajiao. Let’s see what our Gi2C Group interns had to say about it. This Chinese little old town is a very interesting one. It is the Venice of Shanghai and if you are interested in experiencing its beauty, you need to go to Zhujiajiao to explore it yourself. I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to visit this town that has so much historical value. I loved to see the Chinese landscapes and architectures. One thing I have learned from the tour was that Shanghai is not representative of China at all....
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My Gi2C Internship Experience: Laura Catarrasa

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140422-060039_1.jpg Laura Catarrasa grew up on a well-known island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily. More specifically, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy. She told us Sicily is something really unique and a place that everyone should visit. Laura is 26 and studied political science at university. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's in global politics and Euro-Mediterranean relations.  She will be interning in the metals and steel industry in Shanghai and working as a trading assistant, which requires specific but also general skills. Laura said "I can't wait to put my education into practice in such a challenging context. The job description really makes me curious about what the internship will really be like. I am enthusiastically jumping into this new experience."  Laura is looking forward to learning how the international world outside of her home country actually works. She said "When accepting this internship placement in China,...
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China Intern Testimonial: Josh Seerattan from Canada

b2ap3_thumbnail_image002.jpg Josh has recently arrived in China from the fine city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is 30 years old and studied international business, corporate social responsibility, and Spanish when he was in school. He will be interning with a public relations company in Shanghai and is not exactly sure all the details of his job but is looking forward to gaining marketable experience and contacts in the industry. He'll also be using the time to decide if he should remain in China after his internship or look for future entrepreneurial ventures in other parts of the globe. Josh was interested in a China internship because he studied international business and thus wanted to launch his career in a city that is a hub for global business. "I figured if in the event there are no opportunities career-wise for me in China, I will at the very least be able to...
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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 Cover Letter: The Ultimate Snapshot

In both your personal and business life, you only get one chance to make a first impression. We’ve all heard that before, right? So, why do so many job seekers screw up something so important? The cover letter is a chance to make a positive impression on a potential employer. Unlike a face-to-face meeting, where your nervousness or bad luck can turn a first impression into a disaster, a cover letter is a first impression you get to have complete control over. You decide exactly what you will say, without any time pressure or having to come up with something spontaneously, and you also get to “stage” your letter. You control what it looks like, what it sounds like, and how you come across. The key element to remember is, while you might easily spend two hours agonizing over every detail of your cover letter, the first person reading it is not going...
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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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10 Ways to Ruin a Job Interview

Interview MistakesYour cover letter and resume have made a positive impression on a potential employer, and they’ve called you in for an interview. Now, you need to ensure the employer stays impressed with you and your potential in their organization. There’s an old saying first impressions count – and there is no better instance of the truth to this than the impressions made during an interview. A variety of factors are in effect. It may include the way you are dressed, how you communicate, your personality, and a number of other considerations. It takes a lot to develop a positive impression, and conversely requires very little to leave one that does not work in your favor as key decisions are made for the new talent they need to bring on. While first impressions can be wrong (and they often are), the job candidate might not be given a second chance. Better get...
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