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“Ilaria studia Economia all’Università di Verona e sta svolgendo uno stage in Marketing di 3 mesi a Shanghai con il China Internship Program di CRCC Asia. Lavora per una società di marketing che fa da espositore per diversi brand famosi. Nel primo mese di stage Ilaria ha svolto ricerche di mercato volte a capire quali brand sono attivi nel mercato cinese e ad ampliare le collaborazione della società con nuovi brand. I rapporti con il colleghi di lavoro e la sua supervisor sono stati da subito buoni e solidali, e questo grazie anche alla mediazione di CRCC Asia. Ilaria ha infatti apprezzato molto il programma di CRCC Asia non solo per lo stage, ma anche per le lezioni di cinese mandarino e gli altri eventi settimanali che hanno permesso un’ottima integrazione nella società cinese e anche una buona comprensione di una cultura così diversa dalla nostra.”

Gianmaro viene da Nocera Superiore e studia Management delle Imprese Internazionali all’Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope. Ha svolto uno stage di 3 mesi nel settore del Business a Shenzhen con il China Internship Program. L’azienda per cui ha lavorato si occupa di e-commerce e al momento del suo stage stava per ampliare il proprio mercato in Italia. Gianmarco si è quindi occupato di ricerche di mercato per studiare i competitors e i desideri d’acquisto degli italiani, andando quindi a toccare anche il settore del Marketing.

La motivazione principale che lo ha spinto a partire è stata la voglia di ampliare il proprio bagaglio di esperienze lavorative, in quanto crede che un periodo di lavoro all’estero, ma in particolare in Cina, sia un valore aggiunto al suo CV che potrebbe aumentare le sue possibilità di trovare un impiego futuro. Ha apprezzato molto l’assistenza offerta da CRCC Asia sia prima della partenza che durante il periodo a Shenzhen, soprattutto per quanto riguarda l’accomodation. Inoltre consiglia a tutti di effettuare uno stage di 3 mesi in quanto si è visto affidare compiti più di responsabilità e con scadenze più lunghe; ciò gli ha permesso di farsi conoscere nel suo ambiente di lavoro e di acquisire ulteriori conoscenze.

La mia esperienza in Cina è stata altamente formativa, sotto tutti i punti di vista. Per prima cosa, ho avuto modo di acquisire una maggiore consapevolezza della cultura cinese e di sfatare molti degli stereotipi che conoscevo. E’ stata inoltre l’occasione per visitare una parte dell’Asia che mi affascinava, vedere con i propri occhi grandi opere architettoniche e apprezzare uno stile di vita diverso da quello occidentale.

La società che mi ha trovato CRCC Asia si occupava di consulenza per le aziende straniere interessate ad entrare nel mercato cinese. Ho potuto così capire le principali sfide ed i problemi che un imprenditore deve affrontare per potersi affermare in Cina. L’esperienza mi diede lo spunto ed i contatti adatti su cui basare la mia tesi di laurea, nella quale sono riuscito a coinvolgere alcune società ed aziende con cui sono entrato in contatto durante lo stage.

My internship in Beijing was a truly unforgettable experience that I would recommend to anyone. It’s hard to explain all of the cultural and social differences – you really just have to live them for yourself. Beijing was so vast and varied, that everyday brought something new and exciting.

The Chinese way of business itself was fascinating, most notably the infamous Chinese banquet. I found CRCC Asia to be extremely helpful and friendly from the first day to the last.

Raised in West London, United Kingdom, I found Beijing to be different and slightly daunting at first. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the mad traffic or the millions of people swarming the streets, but more so with the cultural lifestyle of the Chinese people. Upon my arrival and up till the time I departed from Beijing, I constantly found myself learning and taking in something new.

I found the city of Beijing to be heavily westernised. There were numerous western style restaurants, bars and places to go visit and have a fun relaxing time. There were some places near the Hotel which I will definitely miss. For instance, there was a local Pizza Restaurant opposite the Hotel which has a very unique and original edge to their customer service. The employees yell and shout on top of their voice whenever an order is made. Even the Boss joins in with the fun.

My fellow interns were great fun. I lived and breathed my experiences with them. I managed to make good friends from people across the world, and most importantly, I plan to go visit them in the near future. One of the most enjoyable parts of meeting people around the world was seeing which individual would be the most patriotic. They all seemed to think their country was the best for one reason or another. By the end of the experience, I think they all understood that the United Kingdom was, and is, the place to be.

Fundamentally, my internship in Beijing has boosted my employability prospects. I have gained valuable insight and knowledge of a country which is booming domestically and internationally in so many markets and industries. The fact that I worked in the Investment Industry has provided me with a career path which I’d like to pursue in the future.

On the whole, I found members of the CRCC team situated in Beijing to be extremely helpful and friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Beijing with my fellow interns and will definitely miss certain aspects of the whole place, perhaps not so much the food.

China is the fastest growing economy in the world, so it seemed to be the perfect fit for an internship, being a student of the International Business Management Course. It truly is a great experience. Even Forbes magazine has noted this and devoted a special page covering the internship opportunities for business graduates from all over the world. I consider it a learning curve for all business students as it relates to the paradigm shifts of international trade to global trade and serving the world as one supermarket.

Working at my company in China, I learnt about the intricacies of head-hunting at the topmost cadre of recruitment. How candidates were matched to the requirements of the fortune 500 IT giants and maintaining the satisfaction and quality level of service for the retainer contracts was a new learning experience for me. Market research for new recruitment sectors added the icing to my project work.

Our client focused on creating new iPhone applications, developing Hi Shanghai and Hi Shanghai Taxi applications which help users to navigate all the events happening in the city and also use it as a GPS to find people and places. The other major VPN product, VP Ninja, gave me an opportunity to explore the new market and go out on the field finding events and promoting all the tree products simultaneously. My major focus was preparing a marketing and business plan to launch these products in various market segments of China. I submitted my project report on Unified Communications Technology and the future requirement of HR in IT industry as a part of my internship in Shanghai.

The professional culture of China is much different than in North America. It is based on “GUANXI” (relationship building). Chinese businesses believe in long lasting relationships and their own “MIANZI” (face) which is of utmost important to them while making business deals or negotiations. I experienced these important details of business management while working with my company.

How to deal with situations where you do not know anyone, nor can you explain or speak in the local language? China presented us with such situations every day since people rarely speak or understand English. The solution was to go to school and learn basic Mandarin. Now I can rely on my Mandarin communication next time I’m in China. The best marketing and sales techniques on the field were found while bargaining on the streets of China. This is a real test of your negotiation skills. I am proud to say I was excellent and this can be proven by the big shopping bag that I carried back from Shanghai.

Two months in China spent meeting a lot of new people, friends, colleagues…..time just flew by! CRCC Asia made it worthwhile with their excellent hospitality, fantastic accommodation, and of course round the clock support for any single thing you ever thought about. I miss those welcome and leaving drinks parties, charity events, welcome banquet, training sessions, and business seminars already!

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