JUN
09
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Alena Kozina’s Internship Program Review

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Alena Kozina has finished her 3-month internship in Beijing  and recently gave us some insight into her experience. Due to the fact that she was the only foreigner in her company, she didn't have very many responsibilities in the first two months of her Beijing internship. There will always a learning curve from both sides as it takes time to truly understand different cultures and working styles. How much time it will take to work out a good communication style is different for each company and intern. Alena was surprised that almost no one in the company spoke English. Many Chinese companies hire foreigners with the hope of changing their business language over to English but this is a slow and sometimes painful process. One big difference Alena noticed about Chinese culture was the fact that her colleagues did not directly communicate with her. They wouldn’t get right to the...
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JUL
03
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Before applying for a job, do these 5 things

What to do before applying for a job
Never apply for a job without making sure your online presence is as ready to interview as you are. Employers will look at the online version of you before they invite the in-person version to an interview, so make sure what they see helps solidify their impression of you as a candidate. In China , both local and international companies use a virtual private network , or VPN, to access blocked websites like  Facebook ,  YouTube  and  Twitter  to look up your cyberspace presence. Don’t think for a second your online version created at home won’t be reviewed if you’re looking for an internship in China or work inside the Middle Kingdom – it definitely will be. Here are five things you must do before  applying for a job . 1. Update Your LinkedIn Profile If you haven’t revised your LinkedIn profile since your last job, it’s time to make some...
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MAY
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Asking the Right Questions

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Whether you’re from a western country, Latin America,  China  or anywhere else in the world, there some things that just don’t change when it comes to a  job interview , and that includes asking your interviewer some of your own questions. After all, having some thoughtful questions ready only shows preparedness and curiosity on your part. What kinds of questions should you ask? Salary is an obvious job motivator, and there’s no doubt everyone should receive a salary commensurate with his or her qualifications. But a question about salary should wait, at least until the second interview (if there is one) or until a job offer is made. Also, specifics like parking availability have little to do with your actual work, so hold off until a more appropriate time. The first interview is a chance to impress, to talk about your passions and why you’re suited for the job, and to...
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06
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Life in Shanghai: A Dumpling Destination



Shanghai is China's sweetest city. Well, at least from a culinary stand-point. Shanghai cooking uses the more sugar than any of China's 33 different sheng , or provinces. This translates to a large number of sweet and savory snacks to be found throughout the city. Another well-known culinary tradition in Shanghai  is the Shanghainese obsession with delectable dumplings. Steamed, pan-fried, soup-filled - though many different varieties can be found around town, I'll be introducing you to my two most favorite styles of dumplings, both of which happen to be indigenous to Shanghai. We know that interns get hungry, so here you go - eat your heart out! Xiao Long Bao (小笼包) - Tender, Soup-Filled Flavor Explosion The first time I tried Xiao Long Bao, it changed my life. I had no idea it was even possible to cram so much deliciousness into such a small, delicate package. Traditional pork or pork...
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JUN
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Intern Advice: 7 Tips For A Successful Internship In China



At our most recent Intern Orientation on June 7 , our Business Development Manager, Ben Cao, applauded new interns on having the courage and vision to choose China as their internship destination.  As the world's most populous nation and second largest economy - an economy which is still growing at rates which most developed nations could only dream of achieving - China presents a significant career building opportunity for those willing to put the time and effort into understanding the culture and learning the language. When looking to really succeed in an internship with a Chinese company , there are many more considerations than just simply showing up and doing good work.  And even though it may not always seem like it, your Chinese supervisor is paying attention to the details and constantly judging your performance. With this in mind, in addition to several years of working experience with HSBC Bank in...
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