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Why consider interning in China? Why not? For one, your time in China is guaranteed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And the really cool part? It can do great things for your career, too! You'll find adventure + travel + some of the world's best food + career acceleration. To us, it's a no-brainer, but here are some more reasons for you. For one, China is the world's most dynamic economy and has been growing at a rate of almost 10% per year for the past 3 decades. Now, as China's central government attempts to "put the brakes" on economic growth, it is likely to slow down to an annual growth rate of 8%. Think about that for a moment- "slow" for China is still more than 4 times the growth rate predicted by the most optimistic economists in almost every western economy.
SmartIntern believes that internships in China are the best way for students to learn how to thrive in this flattened, global economy. Classroom experience and theory are important, yes, but traditional forms of education are not nearly as cost-effective as they once were. For proof, just consider this frightening statistic: By 2023, student loan debt in the US will exceed median annual income for college grads. Millenials are more educated and more indebted (quite literally) than any generation in the history of the world, and are quite rightfully turning to the cost of their college education with increasingly critical eyes.
So how does China fit into all of this? It's simple really- SmartIntern believes that, in order to thrive in this new economy, students and young professionals must be able to distinguish themselves from the pack and build a set of transferable skills that they use to create results in the workplace. China, more than any other country in the world right now, affords tremendous opportunities to do just this.
Working in China allows you to work above your level. While getting a job or an internship in China isn't easy (that's what we're here for!), there is a huge demand for western-educated students and young professionals in cities in China. Once you demonstrate your value to a company, there is a very strong chance that you will be working in a capacity far above what you would be in your home country. China's major cities are populated with 20-something general managers and managing directors who would likely be several rungs down the proverbial corporate ladder back home. Whether at a Fortune 500 company or a small to medium-size enterprise (SME), working in China offers opportunities that, at the very least, are guaranteed to be interesting.
This is not to say this is easy, or that moving to China is all it takes to become GM of a company or to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese fluently. What we firmly believe is that, if you want to position yourself to maximize opportunities and career success, China in 2014 is the place to do so. That said, we at SmartIntern strive to represent working in this country in the most accurate light possible, and part of that means telling it like it is.
Part of telling it like it is means that we have a duty to inform you that, while working in China is a fascinating experience, it isn't always easy. And it can be seriously stressful. If you haven't lived in a city of 20 million before, well, get ready! Truly, Shanghai and Beijing never sleep, and while this is mostly a very good thing (street noodles at 3AM? Don't mind if I do!) it brings with it challenges as well. You will learn how to communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, and how to manage the inevitable stress that comes from living in a big city. You may be offered an allowance during your internship, but it will likely not be enough to cover all your expenses. It will help though, as a few RMB can go a long way, and your experience interning in China will pay dividends later in your career
The truth is that experience in China can accelerate your acquisition of skills (which we believe is of the utmost importance) and build your resume, but China experience alone is not going to convince a potential employer to hire you. It is equally important that you explain the skills you gained during your China internship, and demonstrate very clearly how they add value to your potential employer's company. In order to help our job-seeking participants understand how to pitch their China experience to potential employers when they return home, and to help our entrepreneurial participants understand how they can use their China experience to build a company of great value, we developed our Build Your Brand seminar. Every Smart Intern goes through this seminar, where we teach them the tricks, tips, and hacks that we have spent more than 12 years acquiring as we have navigated China's job market. Upon leaving our seminar, students are better prepared to create opportunities in our global economy, articulate and sell their experience in China, and find meaningful work, whether in their home countries or in China.
Those who succeed working overseas tend to be sociable, communicative, and flexible. If you are a self-starter who likes to take on new tasks and responsibilities, and who enjoys exploring new professional and cultural settings, we want you! We update our internship offerings on a regular basis and can help you find an internship in nearly 20 different industries.
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