Derek Gondwe

Whilst in China I was working for the multi-national media production company, Zespa Media, as a Communications, Media and Marketing Intern. It took about a week of work before my supervisor had instilled a great deal of trust in me and let me get involved in some big projects from drawing up recommendations for new Chinese reality TV shows, pitches to broadcasters and making alterations to episodes  for a documentary in production. I had gone a long way from editing English spoken TV programmes and converting them into Chinese subtitles in the space of 2 months.

It was a roller coaster ride but a memorable one and I learnt a lot from the experience.  I made some great contacts whilst in Beijing, and had even managed to get in contact with the CEO of my company who had coincidentally studied the same undergraduate course at Leeds as myself. This was my first time in the Far East but I was able to adapt and adjust to my surroundings and embrace the Chinese way of life by the end of my internship. I made friends relatively quickly with the others on the CRCC Asia program, who came from different corners of the world and lived together in the same apartment complex for 2 months. We all become really close by the end.

Having the chance to live and work in China is an experience of a lifetime and something that many now believe, with the growing influence of China within the corporate world, will be beneficial to anyone’s personal development and career prospects. The Generation UK- China Scholarship gave me the opportunity to venture out, explore, live and work in a country that I had never thought of going to before. I urge anyone that meets the criteria to go and apply for the scholarship and have the experience of a lifetime as well as the chance to put yourself in the shop window and get a leg up in the graduate market.