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I graduated from the Australian National University at the Strategic Defence Studies Centre in 2011 with a Master of Strategic Studies and since then I have been living and working in Canberra. In April I left Australia for a two-month internship in Beijing with an international charity, in addition I am also learning Mandarin at a basic level every Tuesday night after work.

Also, throughout my studies I learnt a great deal about China, but it was only by reading books and articles. Seeing it first-hand and actually living here is a lot more valuable than all the studies and research I have done. There is some Chinese quote which is perfect for this, but I can’t think of it now!

The most surprising thing I have seen was a protest by one woman at Tiananmen Square who was quickly whisked away by the guards and police.

The best thing so far has been watching the sunrise over the mountains whilst on the Great Wall of China.

El incalculable valor que tiene esta experiencia tanto a nivel profesional como a nivel personal es algo que no puedo expresar. Lo que aprendes jamás se olvida, y te quedan ganas de continuar aprendiendo, de seguir adelante con cosas como por ejemplo las clases de Mandarín, mejorar más y mas el inglés, o seguir conociendo la cultura china….

Igualmente, el despedirte de tu trabajo sabiendo que has creado relaciones que quizás en un futuro próximo pueden abrirte puertas hace que te sientas maravillosamente bien.

As I reached the bottom of the stairs of my airplane, I hoisted my over-weight hand-carry up one stair at a time. I’ve never had to walk up the stairs of my flight before. I felt like a celebrity until I got up to the top entrance of the plane where I’m supposed to look back and wave at the paparazzi. I looked back, took a deep breath and said to myself, there no turning back – you’re going to Beijing…

As I progressed through my month in Beijing as a foreigner this is one of many examples of how awesome and nice people in Beijing are. Even though there were many differences in culture and values, the one thing that stood out to me were that the people were always willing to help. My internship in Beijing went very well which I’ve definitely learnt a lot which will help me in the future. I will never forget this life changing experience.

Ho deciso di fare uno stage all’estero perchè era richiesto dal mio corso di studi, ma anche se non mi fosse stato “imposto” avrei sicuramente fatto un’esperienza simile, innanzitutto perchè amo viaggiare e poi perchè credo che combinare viaggio e lavoro sia un’ottima idea. Amo visitare regioni dove la cultura è particolarmente diversa dalla mia, e la Cina rientra sicuramente in questa categoria. Inoltre la Cina gioca un ruolo fondamentale negli equilibri geopolitici globali e questo è un fattore che ha sicuramente influenzato la mia decisione.

inglesi, quindic’èancheun’ottima opportunità permiglioraresignificativamente questa lingua.

Sono tornata ieri mattina da Shanghai, dopo un denso mese fatto di lavoro, ma anche divertimento, viaggi, bellissime conoscenze e in generale tante, tante avventure da raccontare.

Ho lavorato presso Pacific Asset Management (PAMRIA) –ambito finanziario– in Pudong, avendo modo di interagire con altri interessanti interns provenienti da un po’ tutte le parti del mondo, un capo statunitense molto alla mano e pieno di consigli utili, sfoderati nel quotidiano, e ancora, con managers per lo più cinesi, dall’inglese spesso incerto ma che bene o male si fa comprendere.

Insomma, il mio feedback sull’esperienza è davvero positivo. Non fatevi spaventare da distanza e diversità (che indubbiamente esistono e sono notevoli), ma partite armati di spirito d’avventura e voglia di provare, e alla fine sarete premiati dall’esperienza!

Después de los 2 mejores meses y medio de mi vida, me siento en el sofá de mi casa, y me pongo a hacer una reflexión de todo lo que me ha aportado esta increíble experiencia.

Empecé el viaje con mucha incertidumbre y algo de miedo: me iba a la otra punta del mundo, yo solo, mi nivel de inglés no era el mejor, era mi primera experiencia laboral, iba a ser mucho tiempo…

Cuando me fui pensaba que iba a ser mucho tiempo y que se me iba a hacer muy largo, pero no os podéis imaginar lo equivocado que estaba, cuando me quise dar cuenta ya me estaba despidiendo de mis compañeros.

Since I started studying Marketing Management at UWTSD, Swansea I have been fully committed to getting the most out my degree. I wanted to learn as much I could to be well prepared for the highly competitive job market today.

After successfully completing my first year, I decided to make the most of my free time during the summer, and further support my future career by finding a high level internship in Shanghai within my studied subject. I managed to do that in one of the world’s most important economies- China! Now back home, I can honestly say that was one of the best investments I have made!

It has been a meaningful experience, I would certainly recommend China as a great place to gain work experience or undertake an international internship!

China was such a great experience in many ways for me. Before travelling to Shenzhen, I had never travelled to a country where the time difference was more than two hours. I say this first because I never truly realised how something so trivial can have such a drastic impact on your functionality on a day-to-day basis. Thankfully from the get-go, the CEO and founder of the company I was working at, sat me down to let me know that he understood the time it would take in order to adjust to the new environment and tried to ensure that it would be a smooth transition. I’ve never had this problem before so it definitely made me feel welcome and reassured knowing that I was a priority for my employer.

CRCC Asia provided me with an outstanding platform to experience all these things and more through the two month internship in Shenzhen. The program helped me professionally but also gave me a chance to experience the social and cultural side to China.

Mi nombre es Tomás C. Candel, soy de cerca de Barcelona, en España. Estudié Derecho en la Universitat de Girona e hice un Erasmus en la University College London (UCL).

Mis prácticas con CRCC Asia han sido muy buenas, estoy muy contento con ellas. Todos mis compañeros eran chinos, por lo que he aprendido cosas nuevas todos los días. Básicamente, en mi trabajo me he dedicado a llamar a empresas clientes de la compañía, europeas y americanas, para explicarles acerca de las falsificaciones que sufrían aquí en China e intentar solucionar el problema con ellas.

Creo que es muy bueno tener a otros interns en el mismo alojamiento porque así, después del trabajo, podíamos quedar y salir juntos a cenar y demás, por lo que nunca te sientes solo, ni tienes tiempo de aburrirte. Espero seguir en contacto con todos ellos al volver.

Ho deciso di intraprendere questa esperienza di stage in Cina per migliorare il mio inglese, perchè sono sempre stata attratta da culture diverse dalla mia e perchè credo che attualmente sia l’unico modo per distinguermi da altri ragazzi che come me hanno concluso il percorso quinquennale universitario. Ovviamente una delle altre ulteriori ragioni è legata all’insegnamento che mi sta dando la permanenza qui, imparare altri metodi di lavoro e conoscere molte persone che diversamente non avrei mai avuto modo di conoscere è sicuramente un valore aggiunto unico.

Spero di essere riuscita a trasmettere tutto il mio entusiasmo!

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