Someone who is planning an internship abroad can be described as adventurous, open-minded, curious and above all ambitious! Someone who is planning to do an internship in China is someone looking for a new challenge far away from the typical internship experience! No other culture is more unique than in China, but that’s exactly the appeal to someone who is adventurous enough to go to China for a few months. To live there, work there and to learn there, they will discover a new world!
If you’re now thinking how to take the Next Step – this is the article for you.
Try to keep your options open by using an international template for applications in China. This means you need a cover letter, your curriculum vitae, your photo and any certificates you may have. Good contacts and recommendation letters from your professors are beneficial as well. Your application can be written in Chinese or in English.
The cover letter should include your reason for applying to the company, your work experience and also your personal skills.
Don’t forget, politeness is very important in China and is relevant in your application. Keep in mind to use professional language, and don’t forget that the mailing address should include the full name and the title of the contact person.
The curriculum vitae may include education, professional qualifications, personal skills, language and computer skills, past internships and so on. An anti-chronological listing is almost a must in every country.
After sending the application, if you are successful to go into the second round you will need to prepare yourself for the interview.
First of all analyze the homepage of the company to understand their values, background and future vision. Also consider how you would deal with different kind of questions about yourself and your own working style. The mostly commonly asked questions are:
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- How do you cope if a project you are working on goes wrong?
- How are your time management skills?
- What sort of contribution can you offer to create a successful team dynamic?
- In what kind of topic areas or skills are you most interested in?
- What did you learn during your last internships or previous work experience?
- What kind of internships are you aiming to work in?
- Have you ever found you in a position, where you didn’t get on well with colleges, customers or superiors? How did you deal with the situation?
- How do you cope under stress or under pressure?
- What are your current career aspirations for the next five years?
- What makes you think you could be successful in this profession?
The first working day!
The first working day is one of the important points in your career, and that’s way you should be prepared! Be sure that you repeat all the important information about the company, such as the main products or services, background information about the company and so on. This will help you to look interested and committed to your new workplace. It is important that you are hard working and that you try to get to know your colleges, the atmosphere in the company and the communication between the employees. If you keep this in mind, you can be sure that it will be easy for you to adapt after a few days!
Don’t forget, dress to impress! This means before your internship starts, try to understand the company dress code. You can observe this during the interview or by doing research on their website – if you’re not sure, dress professionally and you will be fine.
You are now ready to take your Next Step!