One of the recurring themes in any entry level job search is the lack of experience factor.
"Where do I get experience if no one is willing to hire me?" The answer is simple: Get an internship!
WHAT IS AN INTERNSHIP?
An internship is a job training for white collar and professional careers.
Generally, an internship consists of an exchange of services for experience between the student and an organization. Students can also use an internship to determine if they have an interest in a particular career, to create a network of contacts, or to gain school credit. Some interns find permanent, paid employment with the organizations for which they worked upon completion of the internship. This can be a significant benefit to the employer as experienced interns often need little or no training when they begin regular employment. Unlike a trainee program, employment at the completion of an internship is not guaranteed.
In a few points, an internship can be described as:
- A structured work experience related to a student's major and/or career goal
- An experience that should enhance a student's academic, career, and personal development
- Supervised by a professional in the field
- An experience that can be one academic term (summer, spring, fall) or multiple academic terms in length
- Paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time
- It’s important to note that to qualify as an internship the position does not have to be labeled “internship”. Many part time jobs, volunteer opportunities, or even summer jobs can qualify as an internship. Internships might also be called a practicum or co-op.
BENEFITS OF AN INTERNSHIP.
Students planning to enter the permanent work force should complement their academic preparation with a range of other experiences, such as study abroad, community service, undergraduate research experiences, participation in sports and other student organizations, membership in pre-professional organizations, and internships.
An internship offers you the chance to learn by doing in a setting where you are supervised by a work-place professional, and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals, without the responsibilities of being a permanent employee.
An internship also offers you the opportunity to work with someone who can become a mentor for you - not only in the internship, but throughout your career.
Why do an internship in China?
Today China is the world’s second largest economy and it is predicted that China will soon overtake the United States. Due to its economic growth, countless large corporations are seeking job candidates who have experience and understanding of Chinese business culture. An Internship in China provides you the means to learn how business is conducted thus exposing you with better job opportunities in the future.
The international work experience you gain through your China internship will become a valuable asset while job hunting and to your future career prospects. International experience in a booming economy such as China will set you apart from the majority of candidates out there, with knowledge of an important business economy. A China internship can also provide as a basis to show your prospective employer that you are willing to take initiative and challenge yourself in foreign environment.
Mandarin Chinese is the world’s most widely spoken language and thanks to the recent economic expansion happening in China, the importance of the language in today’s world business has grown immeasurably. And what is the best way of learning a new language other than to immerse yourself and to apply the language in day to day situation? By coming to China for an internship, it will provide you the opportunity not only to gain work experience but also to learn and practice Mandarin Chinese on a daily basis in a native environment.
Apart from learning the language, a China Internship will open up and expand your horizon by exposing you with a set of new culture. You will have the chance to experience first-hand and understand how different Chinese culture is, and how this permeates every aspect of daily life in the country, including the workplace and business negotiations.
The experience you have of living and working in a foreign country and the hardship of overcoming a language barrier and culture shock will be a memorable lifelong experience you will always be able to draw from. The experience you gain also teaches you on the importance of coming out of your comfort zone which will be beneficial not only for your future career but also for life in general.
Choose your City
Qingdao, China’s Sailing City, attracts tourists and international businesses from around the world. The abundance of natural beauty, talented human resources, three central business districts, and the new Blue Silicon Valley continue to lure foreign investment. It's known for its beer, a legacy of the German occupation (1898-1914). The Tsingtao Beer Museum celebrates the namesake brewery, founded here by Germans in 1903, and the Qingdao International Beer Festival is major event.
Combining fresh sea air and dashing good looks, Qīngdǎo (青岛) – the name means 'Green Island' – is a rare modern city that has managed to preserve some of its past while angling a dazzling modern face to the future. Its blend of concession-era and modern architecture puts China’s standard white-tile and blue-glass developments to shame. The winding cobbled streets, historic German architecture and red-capped hillside villas are captivating and there's so much to enjoy in the city’s diverse food scene. Meanwhile, the seaside aspect keeps the town cooler than the inland swelter zones during summer, and slightly warmer in winter.
Shanghai is the most populous city in China, as well as the most populous city proper in the world. It is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2014. Shanghai has a long history as a gateway to China on the Yangtze River delta. It is the largest economic and trade center in China, and one of China's cultural centers. Shanghai retains China's last vestige of its unusual colonial past.
Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yu Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds. The Pudong area with its prosperous cosmopolitan features is guaranteed to wow visitors.
Beijing is the capital of People’s Republic of China, and the third most populous city in the world. Beijing literally means Northern Capital, a role it has played many times in China's long history. The story goes back at least 3000 years. In Beijing, you'll find a wealth of history, both ancient (the Hall of Preserving Harmony, Summer Palace, Forbidden City) and more recent (Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Tiananmen Square). For the best market experience, choose the Dirt Market over the tourist Silk Market. A visit to the Great Wall, the longest manmade structure in the world, is absolutely a must.
Your Field of Interest
China has already become one of the largest fashion markets due to its consistent economic success in previous years. Now the economy is BOOMING with people wanting to purchase luxury products. The Fashion Industry has become more and more prevalent in China it is now set to become the largest fashion market within the next five years predicted by McKinsey & co to rise to 27 Billion us dollars by 2015. China is now acting as a consumer giant but has started down the creative road and is now, showing the world a new way of designing. Doing an internship in China, and diving into the Asian fashion market will bring you bring you new career opportunities. It would also allow you to make changes by exposing your creativity and Western way of thinking. Internships in our partner company’s often include fashion shows, planned events & client communication, you will not be sitting around making coffee for staff members! These are just a few of the tasks you may be relied upon to do, some of our internships also include brand development & design. This is your chance to experience the Chinese Fashion sector first hand!
China, with the largest population of the world, is in huge economic transformation due to the fastest-growing middle-class. Nowadays the number of middle-class people in China has reached 500 million and in 2020, this figure is expected to increase up to 1 billion. Declined growth in the real estate market and fixed asset investment has led to a notable change in the hotel industry. International luxury hotel chains are making more efforts to take advantage of the growing Chinese middle-class with luxury desires. Also, in these days, small luxury hotel or boutique hotel has gradually become popular in China, which is not as majestic and unified as large international chains, but draw consumers by their delicate and characteristic hotel culture. Indeed, hotel investors have become more sensitive to financial returns and thus have started to invest on select-service hotel products and staff. Making it the perfect opportunity for people who want to be part of this growing industry.
International publishers looking to enter China have reason to be enthusiastic. Last year 48 titles sold over one million copies each. Among bestsellers for 2011 were a collection of speeches by former Prime Minister Zhu Rongji — it topped the list — and a modern sequel by Liu Xinwu to the 18th century “Dream of the Red Chamber,” one of China’s so-called four great classical novels.
This evolution in China’s publishing industry reflects the general liberalization of the country’s economy. When the raison d’être of Chinese books was moral worthiness (and propaganda), state publishers had little impetus to produce books that responded to market demand. Today, though these turgid giants still monopolize distribution, innovative private publishers are forcing them to up their game or miss out.
It is widely recognized that the human resource dimension is critical for strategic success in two very important ways. First and foremost, an organization must attract high quality individuals with the needed competencies and who are motivated in order to successfully implement its business strategy. Second, the availability of strategic human resources determines in itself what is a realistic, achievable strategy. Effective strategic human resource management is particularly important in China given its strong, sustainable economic growth and the sheer size of its economy and population.
Though relatively new to online shopping, Chinese consumers already make up for almost half of global online retail sales, and are only growing in numbers. Online retail sales amounted to $581.61 billion in 2015, surging 33.3% from the previous year. The volume of online sales in China now exceeds that in the US, and online sales are expected to grow 20% annually by 2020. Furthermore, online shoppers represent the vanguard of China’s growth story, since they tend to be young, urban, and highly educated. They have a different attitude toward shopping than older generations, which were shaped as savers by more challenging political and economic circumstances. Younger shoppers are more willing to spend.
International business comprises all commercial transactions (private and governmental, sales, investments, logistics, and transportation) that takes place between two or more regions, countries and nations beyond their political boundaries.
China is both a host environment and active player in the international economy which has become both hugely significant, and which poses new challenges for international business analysis. It continues by considering the kind of environment that China presents for international business, one in which the state continues to be closely involved. Which means that its relationship with the outside world is growing each day. Having an opportunity to take part of this growth means working side to site to a variety of nationalities on a Chinese platform.