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I am currently on my last week of the CRCC Asia Internship program in Tokyo.

Being able to work here was such a great experience, I met fantastic coworkers, had the chance to improve my business knowledge and get in touch with Japanese culture. I now feel more confident with my skills and I’m sure employability will be boosted.

I truly recommend this life changing experience to everyone!

The CRCC program was a fantastic experience! Working at a company that is invested in your growth as a person, and engaging with the local Beijing community was amazing. The accommodation was clean, safe, and in a great part of Beijing – the 798 Art District, which is a trendy, hip area filled with tons of art galleries and cool stores. Living with 40 other interns was also a very awesome experience because you immediately make new friends from around the world, to not only talk about your internship experience with but also explore Beijing and the other parts of China. One of my fondest moments from the trip was when about 30 other interns and I hiked up to a remote part of the Great Wall of China and actually camped on it for one night. I really understood and began to truly appreciate how special China was when I spent some alone time at one of the seven wonders of the world.

China has an incredible and vibrant social scene that CRCC did a great job introducing me and the other interns to. CRCC gave us loads of interesting opportunities while we were there including: weekly Mandarin classes, business seminars, and volunteering opportunities. My favorite was when they set up an authentic and delicious hot pot dinner followed by hours of karaoke in a huge room they rented out for us.

My work experience was also incredible because CRCC placed me with the exact type of company that I wanted. I worked for a small tech startup and had a great time helping my company create an investor pitch deck for their funding round as well helping out with other marketing and branding projects. I felt as though I was a vital part of the team and contributed their success while there. Other than assigning me work, my boss took me out to lunch regularly, a Beijing football match, and a documentary screening. Overall, my coworkers were great resources and we had a wonderful time spending time together.

The absolute highlight of my trip was when I hosted my own Shabbat dinner for 35 people. I was able to bring together all my fellow interns, people from the local Jewish community, a few friends that live in Beijing that I met going to school at the London School of Economics on my exchange program, my coworkers, and even some Chinese locals that I met playing basketball on the streets. Being able to fully cater a vegetarian dinner and bring together such a diverse group of people to teach them what the Jewish Sabbath is all about was an incredible experience and such a great way to end my trip.

At first, I was nervous coming to China because of the culture shock, but CRCC was so skilled at helping me settle in quickly and comfortably so I could begin to experience the treasures of China right away. After working and living in China for a month I know that I will be back as soon as I can. There is so much left to explore and I am just so thankful that CRCC was there to help me realize that.

Before my internship with CRCC Asia, I had already been to Beijing twice in my life. Upon returning to China I was under the impression that I knew exactly what I was getting into. BOY WAS I EVER WRONG. My internship was an experience completely out of my wildest expectations!

Challenge. A major part of the fun, growth and learning comes from the challenge. Every day is a new adventure when you are living in Beijing. The hustle and bustle of the metropolis keeps you on your toes and a surprise awaits at every corner. There is nothing better than wandering around and getting lost in new areas and discovering the hidden gems of the city. I love trying new foods, meeting new people and doing random things spontaneously. KTV, street food, night clubs, social nights, movies – you name it, I’ve done it. The initial culture shock and language barrier is quickly overcome by the ease and convenience of their mobile applications, metro system and technology. You quickly learn to adapt and familiarize yourself to the heat and fast-paced lifestyle.

Work. This was my first time working in an office at a large company and not to mention in a completely different country. Initially, I was intimated by the corporate environment. My company’s office was in a gorgeous high rise right in the centre of the city. The office was a trendy open collaboration space and everyone was always hard at work on interesting projects. Once I got to know everyone at the office, I not only became very comfortable, but also more confident in my own roles and abilities. I began looking forward to coming to work every day despite the packed 50 minute subway ride every morning. After working in a professional business environment with coworkers from different parts of China, I realized I still have a lot to learn. It made me even more determined to master Mandarin, my minor in University, so I can understand and communicate more effectively.

Family. The beauty of interning through CRCC is the fact that you are never alone. Despite being far from home, you have the comfort and support of the program managers and other like-minded interns. Personally, the best part was meeting students or newly graduates from all across the globe that I can now call my family. Whether it be personal or professional, I’ve formed an invaluable international network.

The Future. Without expectations, I got on the plane with a packed suitcase but more importantly, an open mind. My one month internship came to and end before I knew it. Time flies when you’re having fun – this statement has never been more true. There is so much more I want to see and do. I’d love to come back to China after graduation for work or higher education. This is where my internship journey comes to a close. Everyone’s experience is different. So don’t take my word for it. Go and create your own story!

I interned at a co-working and co-living space. The company provides a space for freelancers and digital nomads to work and live. They also host workshops and courses to support freelancers and entrepreneurs with their development in business and marketing.

Part of my role was outlining the course content, especially when it came to marketing psychology. Within the workplace, I learnt things like how to communicate with my co-workers and supervisor, things to note down during meetings and the steps in which to start and carry out a task with a group. I think such skills may seem insignificant but will be essential in my future workplaces and hence, were great things to learn. In the second month, I got to have my own little project where I researched, conducted a few interviews, wrote a blog and moderated a panel discussion around the topic: loneliness experienced by digital nomads. It was amazing to individually run a project of my interests.

The internship has shed light on something other than what I’ve been focusing on in my studies. I shifted my attention from clinical to organisational psychology. My introduction to business and marketing psychology revealed how little I initially knew and allowed me to expand my psychology horizons.

I learnt a lot about business – everything from how to start up a business, how to create long-lasting partnership with businesses or customers to global freelance trends, what financial planning looks like for them and everything in between. I came out of it knowing I’m capable of adapting into a new environment/sector when introduced.

Previously, the thought of working overseas never crossed my mind and now that I think about it, it’s quite a daunting prospect. Even though I am aware that we were supported in a way, I would not be if I were to do this solo, it has opened up the thought that I could work overseas.

For the time being, I have one semester of undergraduate studies left and intend to apply for postgraduate studies in clinical psychology. If things fall through, I have many back-up plans, thanks to the perspective on applicable psychology that this internship has broadened.

I think a key thing I’m taking away from this is to keep my mind open to new things and be flexible. Whether that be the food I’m trying, the language I’m learning, adapting to a new lifestyle or way of transport- it helps you to be flexible and adapt. It applies to work as well. To have an open mind about what psychology is and how it can be applied. Once I stopped restricting myself, I was able to see how psychology can be used anywhere. Lastly, I think I needed an open mind going into a sector which I was completely unfamiliar with – it was the only way I could learn and become comfortable with the lingo. It was a good experience to help me open up my mind and be flexible.To conclude, I really enjoyed my time in Vietnam albeit some challenges. It was a great opportunity to experience the transition between university and the workplace.

“I worked for an IT technology company based in China, which specialised in insurance technology. Basically they worked to optimise the insurance process. I worked on a long-term project for the 2 months I was there, identifying groups of clients and classifying them geographically.”

“The events put on by CRCC was all excellent – we went on a cruise on the river in Shanghai and got to look at the lights of the city. The migrant school was good to, it was nice to see a different side of China.”

“The night life was a big things for me – it was nice to come back from work and have a plethora of things to do.”

“I learnt a lot of skills that I didn’t have before, and also lots of opportunities for work. I am able to come back and work for my company in the future. I am definitely considering it.”

“Trabajé en Relaciones públicas en una empresa en Beijing, una ciudad increíble. El ambiente era muy dinámico, con gente de todo el mundo. Gracias a mi empresa pude participar en eventos y hacer muchísimas conexiones en el ámbito de las relaciones públicas. Lo recomendaría a todo el mundo que tenga ganas de trabajar y viajar. CRCC Asia es una compañía excelente: lo que abarca el programa, cómo te ayudan”.

“I interned at a Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, which was really interesting as I have never worked for a not-for-profit company before. My main task was to compile their annual report, outlining what they did, what they achieved and what they hope to achieve in the future.”

“The accommodation was amazing, a lot better than I thought it was going to be. All the other interns in Shanghai are in the same building, so there is always someone around to have a chat to.”

“My family contact in China could only get me experience with local companies in Shanghai – but CRCC has great connections and got me an internship in Shanghai with a good company. An international head hunter company!”

“Working in an international setting is very different from a local company – you have to know yourself, understand other’s cultures, and respect them. You need understanding and patience to work here well – my communication skills have improved as a result of this experience.”

“Studying overseas already, I market myself as international material – my goal and dream is to work internationally. Through this experience, I am learning what this international working environment looks like.”

“I do business management with Spanish at university.Working with the Juerui Group, they imported Spanish gastronomic products e.g. wine, olive oil and seafood. Essentially Spanish gourmet foods.”

“Coming somewhere different [Shanghai] there are a lot of challenges you face, but my favourite thing was experiencing a culture so different to what I am used to.”

“This experience has made my CV a lot more attractive – any company that sees you have experience working in the Chinese market – that stands out!”

“My company has been special in terms of its relevance to my specific degree – although I study business management, CRCC managed to incorporate my Spanish into the placement as well.”

Mi sono laureata (laurea magistrale) presso l’Università degli Studi di Pavia in Economia e Legislazione d’Impresa. Durante l’ultimo anno di Università la mia passione per l’Asia era sempre più viva, motivo per cui decisi di scrivere la mia tesi di laurea specialistica sul complesso “Diritto Societario Cinese”.

Subito dopo la laurea mi sono trasferita a Londra, un pò per migliorare l’inglese e un pò per cercare nuove sfide di vita. Ed é proprio qui che incomincio a cercare lavoro in Cina, curiosa di vedere con i miei occhi come effettivamente il mercato cinese funziona. Facendo ricerche su internet, vengo a conoscenza di CRCC Asia e così entro in contatto con loro. Gentilmente vengo invitata ad uno degli eventi da loro organizzati in LSE, durante il quale tre ragazzi, appena tornati dalla Cina, raccontarono la loro esperienza. E così, il giorno dopo, mi iscrivo al programma di internship dalla durata di un mese a Shanghai nel campo del Marketing.

E così ha inizio la mia avventura in Cina.

CRCC Asia ti supporta su ogni fronte: applicazione del visto, trasporto dall’aeroporto al residence, soggiorno per tutta la durata dell’internship, support di ogni tipo 24/24 (utile nel caso in cui avessi bisogno di un interprete anche solo per ricaricare il cellulare) social networking events ogni settimana, charity events, corsi di lingua cinese (un paio di sere a settimana in una scuola rinomata nel centro di Shanghai)e ovviamente il posto di lavoro.

Lo staff di CRCC Asia è molto professionale, amichevole, disponibile e pronto a supportarti ad ogni evenienza.

Il residence è oltre le aspettative (in centro Shanghai, 5mins a piedi dalla metro). Io vivevo con altre due ragazze in un appartamento favoloso (circa 80 mq) con bagno privato, cucina e salone. Le camere sono molto spaziose, con TV, aria condizionata (non tanto utile a febbraio) e servizio di pulizia ogni qualvolta lo richiedessi. All’interno del residence vi è una piscina coperta, una palestra (per coloro vogliano tenersi in forma), e una spa per massaggi (più utile per me).

Il primo giorno di lavoro sono stata accompagnata da un membro dello staff di CRCC Asia per le presentazioni. Avendo fatto richiesta nel campo del marketing, ho lavorato per Josie Chen Range Ltd, una compagnia di gioielli. L’ufficio si trova in uno dei palazzo più importanti di Shanghai per il settore Fashion. Ragion per cui, vi erano uffici di tutti i fashion brands più importanti e famosi a livello mondiale (i.e. Fendi, Gucci, Hermes, etc.). L’ambiente lavorativo era molto confortevole e operativo, il mio ruolo era di business development (contattare pontenziali cliente sia in Cina che a Singapore e Hong Kong) e visual merchandising (con viaggi in giornata in città vicine a Shanghai-300-400 kms) in tutti I punti vendita del marchio. Inoltre io era la diretta responsabile del Graphic Designer per la produzione di nuovi cataloghi, updating del website e di tutti i social media networking (sia occidentali che cinesi). Con la maggior parte dei miei colleghi cinesi sono ancora in contatto.

Grazie a questa esperienza, ho avuto la possibilità di conoscere molte persone sia cinesi che occidentali con cui ad oggi sto collaborando. Tornata da Shanghai, la mia determinazione a tornare in terra cinese ha fatto si che iniziassi il mio attuale business: Origami Strategy. Di base noi aiutiamo società europee (soprattutto nel campo della moda) ad entrare nell’enorme e molto remunerativo mercato cinese.

Consiglio a chiunque di intraprendere l’esperienza CRCC Asia!! Ti aiuta a vedere le opportunità di business sotto un’ottica più ampia e a non essere spaventato dal grosso continente Cina.

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