06 Jan Shanghai. Mandarin. Dumplings.
My name is Krystle and I will be travelling to Shanghai at the end of December. I am currently in my final year studying Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney on a Co-op Scholarship. I’m very excited to be starting my adventure in Shanghai. Although I already have had a couple of internships in the industry – working in a foreign country will be a whole new experience that I can’t wait to undertake. I have never been to China before, so I am very keen to be able to explore the city of Shanghai and of course eat lots of dumplings!
The main reason I decided to take part of this program was because I would love to work in the Asia-Pacific market as my career progresses. That is why, I thought what better way to gain a snapshot of what it would be like, then to live and work in Shanghai for a month! By working closely with industry professionals, I would hope to gain an extensive insight into how business is performed in this foreign country and be able to compare and contrast it to working in Australia. I have been told that I will be interning at an investment advisory firm for my internship. I will be working on their subsidiary, a new start-up record label company and assisting in their social media strategy. I am really excited to be on this project as due to the Great Firewall of China, it will be interesting to learn and use the different types of social media they have in China – hopefully they are in English!
In addition, the other reason why I decided to come to Shanghai is because I have only been able to speak one language – English and have found it quite difficult to learn Mandarin. I hope that being in Shanghai will allow me to better develop my knowledge of the language by pushing myself out of my comfort level and forcing myself to practise Mandarin in my day-to-day activities. Honestly, all that I am expecting from this internship is to be able to shadow and learn from knowledgable industry professionals as well as gain a better insight into the Asia-Pacific market… and of course, eating a few dumplings along the way!
I’ll let you know how it goes! Wish me luck x