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Basketball in China

Why does it have to be Basketball?

Did you ever want to do some extraordinary stuff that feels a little bit like being a celebrity without being one?  Or to see and go through cool and wonderful situations? Then China is the place to be! Today I am going to speak about one of these activities. We got free tickets for a basketball match between two University Teams. Actually a friend got them, and not only two, he got a lot, so we went there with a bunch of fellow students. I was really happy on one side getting the opportunity to see my first basketball match but on the other hand I would have preferred watching a football match instead. But basketball is much more popular in China.

Basketball match at Qingdao University

Why? If you ask a Chinese person this question they also don’t know. Football is also popular in China, and most people know at least one name of a German player, although they will use the Chinese name for him so you might not understand who it is they mean. For example you will have a Chinese guy smiling at you and say. “my favourite players are Kelinsiman or Shiweiyinshitaige!” Ok, so these examples are quite easy, but you will sometimes have a hard time I guarantee it.

Before the Match

But back to business! As a Student of Qingdao University, I was cheering for the Qingdao Team. I cheered so much that I even forgot the name of the other university, but is that information needed? I mean, who wants to know about the loser anyway?

Everything was new for me; first of all they were playing the national anthem before the game. Which is quite strange for a German to see, as we don’t play national anthems that often on sports events. Actually the only occasion on which we would play the German national anthem would be a match between national teams. Then they had two stadium speakers that were giving information about the teams and the game. The were announcing every single player by name.

After the introduction another, for me, strange thing happened. A group of cheerleaders came and performed on the field. Which was strange, because in Germany this is quite a seldom thing to happen too.  Actually, I only know about cheerleaders from American movies.

For me the idea of cheerleading is, using diplomatic terms now, quite a strange one. Why would you need a bunch of girls performing expressive dancing, to cheer up a crowd that came to see their team competing against another one anyway? And why are there no male cheerleaders? Or are there some at women’s sport events? And if so, what kind of clothes do they wear? Hot pants, with muscle shirts? What would they swing around?

During the Game

Anyway after the performance and a long time of people running around without any system visible, on and by the sides of the field the actual game begun. We had the best seats directly on the line of the field. The anticipation was killing me already, when the game started.

And I saw from what I can tell about basketball (which is not too much, because I never saw the need to gather knowledge about this game anyway) it was a good game. The players were dedicated and they really played with tactics. During half time, two of my fellow students had to perform a streetball game against two Chinese guys. In the end the Qingdao Team won with smashing 52:38 Points.

After all I was really happy with the whole experience and can strongly recommend this to everyone that gets the opportunity- go and get a grasp of Chinese basketball, with everything belonging to it, including the loud drums Chinese people seem to carry around with them like the vuvuzelas brought to a football match!

My friends and I at the Qingdao University basketball game

 

Chengdu Blogs, Cultural, Qingdao Blogs, Travel, Weekend Trips

From Shandong to Sichuan: A Tale of Two Cities

Nĭ hăo! Wo shì Shona and I’m the Design and Marketing intern at the Chengdu office, although my journey started further east, in Qingdao. I was lucky enough to begin my programme with IC working in the Qingdao office, which I was very happy about, as Qingdao is a beautiful city and right on the sea so there’s always a nice breeze to help with the heat.

Getting to Qingdao

What I loved most about Qingdao is that it’s a great introduction to real-life China, and as the IC offices are based in cities most tourists don’t think of, it’s an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the culture. Due to Qingdao’s history, there’s a real European feel to the city; however don’t let that fool you- the mass of markets and restaurants remind you that it still is, very much Chinese.

Settling in to China life was pretty easy for me, and while the first week was a bit of a shock- such as getting used to the commute to work (I’m still amazed how many people can fit on a bus here), the culture shock passed quickly. It’s incredibly easy to get used to the lifestyle and turn into a true Zhōngguó rén.

Life in Qingdao

I really enjoyed the lifestyle in Qingdao; there’s always something interesting happening, and despite how fast paced it seems initially, it also feels as equally laid back.

The work/life balance in Qingdao is just right and my favourite post work treat is winding down at the local BBQ spot with some Shao Kao and Tsingtao in hand- now that’s the life!

While in Qingdao I had the chance to help organise fun events each week, my first one being sailing! What better way to experience a Chinese seaside city than by boat? It was my first time running an official event, so I was a little nervous but the event ran without a hitch and everyone had a blast.

One of the best nights I’ve had in China was camping on the beach, at the foot of Mount Làoshān; the real highlight was floating around in the sea, surrounded by friends and all watching the fireworks light up the night, and moments like that are why I love China.

Beijing

The first big Summer trip was a joint excursion to Beijing with the Chengdu, Qingdao and Dalian IC offices, and being my first trip in mainland China, I was so excited to see the China I’d seen in movies growing up as a kid.

We saw iconic landmarks such as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the icing on the cake, the Great Wall. It’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed as Beijing has so much to offer, but the pinnacle of our trip was visiting the Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu.

The Big Move: Swapping Cities

Three weeks into my internship I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Sichuan to help support my colleagues in the Chengdu office. I had always wanted to visit Chengdu and love to travel so when the chance arrived, I jumped at it!

Getting Ready to Board

Travelling to Chengdu was exciting; even the legendary Chinese flight delays, which gave me the opportunity to make friends with the locals using my broken Mandarin, couldn’t dampen my mood as I headed to panda city.

First Days in Chengdu

Arriving in the Sichuan capital, I was lucky to have a few days off before starting work. So what’s the first thing you HAVE to see in Chengdu? Pandas! The panda base, or Xióngmāo jīdì as its known here, is hugely popular with tourist groups so it’s important to get there bright and early.

After waking up at the crack of dawn, I jumped in a cab that took me straight from my apartment to the base for 60 kuai, which was worth it just to beat the queue.

July in Chengdu is the peak of summer and with average temperatures of 30 degrees, and with it being so hot outside the pandas were hidden away in their cool enclosures. This meant I had to fight my way through the tourist mob to catch a glimpse of the famous bear cat, but it was worth it- after all, pandas are an icon throughout the world so I couldn’t pass through Chengdu without stopping by!

What’s Next?

Life in Chengdu was a bit of a shock at first, especially the morning commute to work. Chengdu feels like a combination of the fast paced lifestyle of cities like London with bustling subways and seas of people, along with the easy going nature of the Chinese locals, sat playing Mahjong on the street at night-  a contrast if there ever was one.

Since coming to Chengdu I’ve been involved in all sorts of IC events, from the weekly Thursday dinners eating famous hot pot to the Four Sisters mountain trip in western Sichuan. When staying in Qingdao I used to think it was the city that never sleeps, however since coming to Chengdu, I’ve realised what life really is like in a busy Chinese city.

Here in the hub of China’s “Go West” policy, there’s always something to do, somewhere new to explore, and it’s the perfect mix of culture and business. I’m looking forwards to what the next two months bring here in Sichuan.

 

Before your stay, Learn about China, Travel

Vaccines for China: What You Need to Know

So you’re getting ready for your internship in China, and checking everything off on your to-do list. Aside from all the usual important stuff you need for going abroad- your passport, visa, medicine, clothes… you need to think about what vaccines you might need for China.
This is something you need to consider before starting your adventure in China, and while vaccines aren’t necessary, you definitely need to speak to your doctor to see what they recommend.

A list of travel vaccinations

It is recommended that you speak to your General Practitioner at least 6 to 8 weeks before your scheduled flight to discuss any health risks or vaccinations.

It is not necessary to be vaccinated before your arrival in China, however there are some recommended vaccinations for your stay in China: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus-Diphtheria and Measles if you do not already have them.

Vaccines for travelling on top of a world map

Ask Yourself

  • What’s the risk of me contracting a vaccine- preventable disease?
  • How long am I going for?
  • What will I be doing?
  • Can I be protected without a vaccine?

What Countries Say

For more information about vaccines, please check the CDC’s website, or read some information here about travelling safely and healthily in China.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to China soon!

Zhuhai's July trip tp Hezhou

 

Internship Experience, Qingdao Blogs, Things To Do in Qingdao

Alfred’s New Experiences in Qingdao

Do you know these moments in your life, when you are leaning against a railing in a harbour, looking at the waves without really looking? Smelling the salty sea scent and listening to the seagulls screeching, but you don’t listen and smell actively?
In these kind of moments, you will have a talk with yourself and ask in your head with a tremulous voice: “what the heck am I doing here?” At least it was like this in my case.

About Me

I am a 29-year-old German. I worked as a bank clerk for 6 years in Germany. And now after studying two and a half years I landed in Qingdao. How come?

Am I a romantic enthusiast that practiced traditional “fan-tai-chi”? Am I a lover of Chinese poetry? Did I watch too much Kung Fu Panda? Or do I just like to castigate myself learning all the Chinese characters?

Chinese women practicing fan tai chi

No, is the answer to all these questions, it was a reason wedding. But as history shows this can have quite good outcome (not that I recommend this style of marriage). In my case it pumped up the numbers quite high. While I used to ask myself the “what the heck?” question in quite unromantic places, now I can do this on the breath-taking coast of Qingdao.

Qingdao Weather

I am here now since February this year. So, I could witness the change in weather and environment in Qingdao. I was freezing my “lower area of the back” off due to the famous “Qingdao-wind” in winter time. In summer time “Mediterranean” heat let me sweat Niagara Falls out of my body. A big thanks to the inventors of heaters and air conditioners!

Experiences in Qingdao

Although this may sound like advertisement for Air-con, Heaters and Qingdao, it is my utmost honest view of Qingdao. I am now looking forward on all the cool things that I will see and experience here. Why am I telling you this? The reason why is, that from now on, I will try to keep you guys updated and informed about these experiences. Don’t worry, I will not share the hilarious story of how I bought a bus ticket or the tremendously fascinating day when I was doing absolutely nothing.

Alfred standing on a boat in the Qingdao sea

The goal of my articles, blogging and scribbling will be to give you interesting insights in daily life here in Qingdao. As well as providing you with interesting news and hidden highlights.

I hope that the reading will give you an image of China, maybe inspire you or at least will make you sit in front of the screen smirking.

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Meet Jess, Zhuhai’s New Office Intern

About Me

I’m Jess, Zhuhai’s new Cultural Events Management and Marketing intern. Given by my teacher, my Chinese name “má là” (麻辣, spicy) replicates the sound of my surname (but is also in part due to my hair’s reaction to humidity reminding her of a particular spice girl). Although just beginning to learn Mandarin, I recently graduated from MSoA and moved to China two weeks ago.

Jess standing in front of a fountain during her Graduation

Background

Film and photography are my passion, but I also have experience in project management of my own non-for profit social enterprise LightUp Collective. The allure of travel, language and culture drew me away from my UK projects to this internship in China. In hand with a fast growing economy, the country is investing record amounts in the cultural sector. Through organizing events and excursions, my role ensures that our interns are enriched in Chinese culture. My camera, captures them doing so.

Experience of Interning in Zhuhai

Leaving for China can be daunting. On the last leg of my 22 hour journey, stressed and agitated I trudged off the plane. Although most excited for the prospect of my bed, as I stepped off the aircraft into Guangzhou, the realization that I had an opportunity to work in paradise (or near enough) hit me as quickly as the wave tropical heat.

A cup of coffee and a plane ticket in the airport

Two weeks into my time in Zhuhai and my mornings consist of a commute lined with palm trees, my days spent working hard affront a view of Macau glistening on the horizon. China, Zhuhai especially, is not what you expect, it’s more.

Lovers Road in Zhuhai

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When it’s time to move on…

When I arrived in January, I wrote my first blog in French. It may have been easier to write my farewells in my mother tongue but I’m happily taking the risk to use my English skills to reach most of you.
The more I’m growing up, the more I find time hard to capture. I still remember the first day I entered the office, my first impressions, my first time using Mandarin or the first noodles I tasted, but I would have never imagined that I will be sitting here, trying to do a recap of the past 6 months I lived.

6 months is a long time but still, it passed in a blink of an eye. I have seen a lot of people leave, and now my turn has come!

The view from our balcony

To cut a long story short, my experience can be split with the seasons: Winter and Summer.

Winter in Chengdu was cold, with only a few interns in the city: a small group with big hearts, we all quickly became friends, fighting the coldness of the streets by getting to know each other in the warm and smoky bars of Chengdu. When they left, winter left with them, and was replaced by a fiery Spring/Summer, along with more than 50 interns. Now we are fighting the heat and humidity, and because there are so many people, it’s harder to develop true bounds, even though their hearts are as big.

Spending 6 months working for InternChina was a professional experience far more than enriching: I’ve learned how to adapt to so many different situations that I feel I’m able to move mountains if I want to. We like to call our company a family, and it is! Even though I haven’t met most of my colleagues (spread in China or in Europe), we’re all connected and we can all count on each other.

I was lucky enough to have such an amazing team in Chengdu (Paul, Cassie, Lucy, Tamara, Henry, Joe, Miya and Rainie), a hard-working team always happy to go beyond what is expected of them. I have learned a lot from their undying energy.

InternChina offers to every participant an incredible social network, composed of very different individuals who would probably have never known each other, even if some are from the same countries. A great cultural melting-pot of open-minded people trying to learn as much as they can from Chinese culture.

I have struggled myself, I’m still struggling when I try to use the little mandarin I know, and most of the time my mind is blown away by the contrasts of this country. I love how China can be such a huge mess that works so well. I love how I got to know my Chinese friends and other foreign friends better and how I could learn from their perspective, their vision. I love how I improved myself by getting so much from other people, and give back as much as I could.

I needed to go to China by hook or by crook to see with my own eyes how this great country is moving forward, I’m happy to say that I found more than what I was looking for.

It is still hard to believe that my time here is over, but there is no place for sadness or sorrow, as I’m moving forward with great memories and a lot of stories to tell and to remember. InternChina gave me the push I needed to feel more confident with my own strength: ‘move forward’, ‘get out of your comfort zone’, ‘challenge yourself’!

I truly hope it would be the same for you.

Start your adventure, apply now!

 

Cultural, Discover Chinese culture, Events in Qingdao, Food, Qingdao Blogs, Things To Do in Qingdao, Travel

About to graduate and confused?

May 4 Qingdao
May Fourth Square

Nothing is more daunting than the fact you are about to graduate and you have no concrete plans for the future. The questions that arise are; do I carry on with education and do a masters or do I take the plunge into real life by becoming a full time adult and start work as a graduate?? Well, that was my predicament until I came across InternChina. I applied for the marketing & business development position in the Qingdao branch and was offered the 3 months internship (yay!). Interning in China has given me the opportunity to gain great experience whilst figuring out my future plans!

Qingdao Coffee Street

On my arrival, I was picked up from the airport by one of my soon to be colleagues. She was incredibly welcoming and helped me settle in the shared apartment. What I like the most about the apartments in Qingdao is that they are graciously spacious yet have a very cosy vibe to them. My roommates are my fellow colleagues at the IC Qingdao branch, so it was great to be able to meet them outside of the ‘work’ environment. (I did find it rather humorous that each one of us were from a different European country, one Brit, one French and one German… it almost sounds like one of those bar jokes).

Qingdao Cafe
You think the coffee is cute? Wait until you come to Qingdao and check out the cafe’s decor, it looked like something out of Harry potter!

As I had never been to Qingdao before, my roommates took me out and introduced me to fellow individuals who are part of the InternChina programme but are interning at different companies. As we are all connected through InternChina it was very easy to get along and feel comfortable with one another. Plans for the weekend were discussed and I was thrown into the mix and was able to explore Qingdao with them all!

Qingdao Malatang
Ever tried Hotpot? Well this is sort of like that but the non soup version, aka DryPot or as it’s known in China, Malatang!

There are really cool cafes, bars and restaurants in China, so regardless of the city you’re in, you will always be able to find somewhere that is to your liking. The food is cheap and cheerful -some meals will cost you max 3 pounds (I can’t find the pound sign on my macbook sigh). Moreover, you can actually find food that is halal and great for vegetarians!

Essence Trend cafe in Qingdao
Cool cafe called Essence Trend in Qingdao, owned by one of our work colleagues!

Honestly, I have only been here a few days and already I have some ideas on what I wish to do once I get back to the U.K. It also helps to be around people from all over the world as it is a great way to broaden your horizon and learn more. So if you’re currently unsure and undecided, I would wholeheartedly recommend an internship (especially one in China).

To start your own internship adventure in China, apply now!

Chengdu Blogs, Learn about China

First Steps at InternChina: From Cheng Kung to Chengdu

For me, graduating from university felt a bit like being forced to get out of bed on a chilly winter’s morning: alone, shivering and anxious to get back under the covers. Then again, making the jump from my warm, cosy life as a student to the seemingly cold, icy world of work, paycheques and overtime was never going to be an easy one.
To make that transition a bit more comfortable, after graduating from Edinburgh University in May 2016, I decided to wrap myself in my proverbial pillow and blankets and head across to the sunny isle of Taiwan, to hide from the cold a little while longer. During my 6-month stay studying at Cheng Kung University in Tainan, I wrestled with the infamously mind-boggling yet beautiful traditional Chinese characters, cycled along the remote and rugged Eastern coastline, and tasted the dazzling array of street food as I wandered the night markets of Taipei.

Taipei 101 tower hill view elephant mountain
Taipei 101 – The tallest building in Southeast Asia!

From Cheng-Kung to Chengdu

As my half-year stay drew to a close, I decided it was high time I set myself a real challenge. I had been studying Chinese for four and a half years, and it was time to put it to the test in the workplace. For me, Sichuan and the West of China has always had a certain allure – who could resist the chance to see the far-flung reaches of the Tibetan plateau, to conquer the notoriously numbing Sichuanese peppercorn, or peer in at the leafy home of the Giant Panda? With this in mind, I set my sights for the great Western capital of Chengdu.

To cut a long story short, I scoured the web for opportunities to do a 4-month internship in Chengdu, and no more than 6 weeks later – here I am! I haven’t been in the office very long, but already I feel like I’ve been thoroughly immersed into the local culture and cuisine. In just the few days since I arrived, I’ve been on a trip to Huanglongxi (黄龙溪), an ancient town full of original Qing dynasty architecture, eaten Chongqing Flat Noodles (碗杂面wánzámiàn) and enjoyed a suitably spicy Sichuanese hotpot!

Perhaps more worth noting, however, is how well I have been welcomed into the InternChina family – the friendly and relaxed office atmosphere, communal lunches everyday and general level of support have made my first few days go without a hitch. Even though leaving the comfort and safety of student life and entering the workplace might have felt like a cold winter’s morning to begin with, I’m already starting to feel the warmth come back to my toes…or maybe that’s just the hotpot.

If you want to be part of the IC story, apply now!   

Before your stay, Internship Experience

Lieber ein Praktikum in einem großen oder einem kleinen Unternehmen?

Nachdem man die Entscheidung getroffen hat ein Praktikum zu absolvieren, steht die große Frage im Raum wo genau dieses durchgeführt werden soll. Dabei kann man grob zwischen zwei Arten von Unternehmen unterscheiden: große, bekannte Unternehmen und kleine bis mittelständige Unternehmen. Beide Arten unterscheiden sich wesentlich von einander, indem ganz andere Erwartungen vom Unternehmen an dich, aber auch andersherum von dir an das Unternehmen gestellt werden.
Eine kleine Hilfestellung in Form einer einfachen Gegenüberstellung habe ich für euch im Folgenden zusammengefasst:

 

Vorteile eines Praktikums in einem großen, bekannten Unternehmen sind folgende:

  • Der erste und für viele sicherlich auch ausschlaggebende Punkt ist natürlich der Name. Ein großer Name wie Bosch, Mercedes und Beiersdorf sticht natürlich heraus und kann euren Lebenslauf ungemein attraktiv machen. Vor allem bei traditionellen Unternehmensberatungen und Rechtsanwaltskanzleien können bekannte Unternehmen das Tor zur gewünschten Anstellung sein. Große Firmen, die täglich einen 50cm Stapel zu bearbeiten haben, fliegen Bewerbungen häufig nur schnell durch. Ein großer Name sticht da natürlich heraus und bekommt eher einen zweiten Blick geschenkt. Ein Design-Praktikum bei Disney wird euch da wahrscheinlich weiterbringen als bei der Boutique um die Ecke.
  • Die Chance, dass ihr in ein bereits perfekt ausgeschliffenes Programm kommt ist deutlich höher. Praktikanten geben sich in großen Firmen quasi die Klinke in die Hand, daher werden diese Unternehmen auch viel Erfahrung im Umgang mit Praktikanten aufweisen können. Dementsprechend werden euch immer perfekt auf euch zugeschnittene Aufgaben gestellt und das in einem angemessenen Zeitrahmen
  • Mit einem ausgeklügelten Praktikantenprogramm kommt häufig auch ein erfahrener Mentor einher. Das Ziel eines Praktikums ist im Allgemeinen mehr über Arbeitsabläufe und deren Ausführung zu erfahren und neue Fähigkeiten zu erwerben bzw. vorhandene zu erweitern. Ein erfahrener Mentor, dem bereits alle möglichen Fragen in den Bauch gefragt wurden und der jede erdenkliche Situation bereits miterlebt hat, wird euch wahrscheinlicher bei Problemen helfen können und euch jeden zielführenden Lösungsweg nennen können.

 

InternChina - CV
InternChina – CV: Ein Lebenslauf mit einer bekannten Firma darauf sticht schneller aus einem Stapel Bewerbungen heraus und hilft beim ersten Schritt Richtung Bewerbungsgespräch.

 

Natürlich gibt es aber auch die andere Seite der Medaille:

  • Bei großen Unternehmen gibt es selbstredend auch viele Praktikanten, die in dem Unternehmen ein- und ausgehen. Dass man damit recht einfach austauschbar ist, sollte schnell klar sein.
  • Aus dem großen Stapel an Bewerbungen werden nur die besten Praktikanten ausgewählt, doch für die Aufgaben, mit denen sie anschließend konfrontiert werden, sind sie oft überqualifiziert. Nicht selten bekommt man eine Fülle an „typischen Praktikantenaufgaben“, die nicht allzu anspruchsvoll sind, die jedoch eine Menge Zeit in Anspruch nehmen und aus genau diesem Grund an Praktikanten weitergeleitet werden.
  • Recht schnell kann man einen Überfluss an Bürokratie auf der Einen und einen Mangel an Eigenständigkeit und Freiräumen bei der Bewältigung seiner Aufgaben auf der anderen Seite feststellen. Dies fällt besonders dann auf, wenn augenscheinlich banale Fragen und Aufgaben mehrere Stationen durchlaufen müssen, bevor sie ihr Ziel erreichen, was schnell zu Frustration führen kann.
  • Erledigt man seine Aufgaben gut und im vorgegebenen Zeitfenster, darf man sich nicht allzu große Hoffnung auf überschwängliches Lob machen. Erledigt man seine Aufgaben umgekehrt wiederum nicht den Anforderungen entsprechend oder im vorgegebenen Zeitfenster, darf man auch nicht auf zu viel Verständnis hoffen.
  • Jeder Praktikant hofft natürlich an sein Praktikum anschließend auf ein Stellenangebot dieses Unternehmens oder zumindest auf ein paar gute Kontakte. Die Chance, dass dies auch wirklich passiert, ist jedoch verschwindend gering. Man muss nicht nur doppelt so hart wie alle anderen Praktikanten arbeiten, sondern auch zehnmal so gut sein wie sie, um einen bleibenden Eindruck zu hinterlassen.
  • Auch auf ein persönliches Verhältnis mit seinen Vorgesetzten darf man sich nicht allzu große Hoffnungen machen. Das Arbeitsklima ist häufig rein professionell und bleibt bis zum Ende des Praktikums auch so.
  • Der Supervisor, der einem bei dem Praktikum helfen soll, ist in den seltensten Fällen immer ansprechbar und manchmal noch seltener auffindbar, da er selbst viele Aufgaben zu erledigen hat und nicht viel Zeit hat.
  • Allgemein ist der eigene Einflussbereich sehr überschaubar. Die Verantwortung, die einem übertragen wird, genauso wie die Zuständigkeiten, halten sich in Grenzen, da es genug Angestellte gibt, die die wichtigeren Entscheidungen treffen können.
  • Manchmal hat man dann auch gar keine Aufgaben zu erledigen und muss sich selbst über den Tag hinweg beschäftigen.

 

InternChina - Red Tape
InternChina – Red Tape: In einer großen Firma ist man nur Einer von Vielen. Man ist schnell ersetzbar und muss mit seinen Aufgaben unendlich viele Stationen durchlaufen, ehe man damit an sein Ziel gelangt.

 

Zum Vergleich dazu die Vorteile eines Praktikums in einem kleinen Unternehmen:

  • Anders als in einem großen Unternehmen, wo oftmals nur das Nötigste im eigenen Aufgabenbereich getan wird und pünktlich Feierabend gemacht wird, nimmt man bei einem kleinen Unternehmen oft eine große Herausforderung an, da man hier nicht nur einen, sondern ermutigt wird gleich mehrere Schritte weiterzugehen und sich um ein vielfaches mehr zu engagieren. Dadurch wird man auch mental viel mehr herausgefordert.
  • Das Budget ist meist gering und die Menge an Arbeit groß. Oftmals kann sich ein kleines Unternehmen keinen weiteren Mitarbeiter leisten und stellt daher einfach einen Praktikanten ein. Dieser bekommt so viele verschiedene anspruchsvolle Aufgaben zugewiesen, die es alle zu erledigen gilt. Damit geht aber auch einher, dass man mehr Verantwortung übertragen bekommt und interessantere Aufgaben und Projekte zu bearbeiten kann.
  • Man wird daher auch nicht nur als ein Praktikant angesehen, der Kaffee kocht, sondern kann sich richtig im Unternehmen miteinbringen. Man kann seine eigenen Ideen vorstellen und hat eine große Chance, dass diese auch Gehör finden.
  • Denn man arbeitet mit den Leuten zusammen, die auch die großen wichtigen Entscheidungen treffen. Man kann ihnen dabei zusehen, auf welcher Basis sie welche Maßnahmen und Beschlüsse treffen und ausführen.
  • Dadurch wiederum ist auch der Weg zum erledigen der eigenen Aufgaben viel kürzer und man muss nicht erst 100 Stationen durchlaufen, ehe man den nächsten Schritt gehen kann.
  • Mit seinen frischen Ideen wird man schneller wertgeschätzt und bekommt dies auch gezeigt.
  • Man wird viel mehr in das Unternehmen eingebunden und weiß welche Projekte gerade bearbeitet werden. So bekommt man einen guten Überblick nicht nur darüber, wie das Unternehmen funktioniert und aufgebaut ist, sondern kann auch jeden einzelnen Ablauf einsehen und nachvollziehen.
  • Man bekommt so echte praktische Erfahrung in der realen Welt.
  • So wird man aber auch dem kompletten Unternehmensalltag ausgesetzt. Dies bedeutet, dass man quasi ein on-the-job training hat und man schnell weiß, was man nicht weiß.
  • Man kann auf diese Art viel mehr Erfahrungen sammeln, mehr lernen, seine bereits vorhandenen Fähigkeiten ausbauen, mehrere neue Fähigkeiten gleichzeitig erlernen und als Mensch wachsen. Gleichzeitig lernt man auch viel über sich selbst. Man merkt, wo vielleicht noch versteckte Skills in einem liegen und wo genau seine Interessen liegen und kann diese daraufhin gezielt fördern.

 

InternChina - taking part
InternChina – Taking Part: Man kann nicht nur mit den Leuten, die die wichtigen Entscheidungen treffen, zusammenarbeiten, sondern wird in Entscheidungen auch mit eingebunden und wird in Projekte voll miteingebunden.

 

Auch bei kleinen Unternehmen gibt es selbstverständlich Nachteile:

  • Der größte Nachteil ist wahrscheinlich das Verschwimmen von Grenzen, vor allem was seinen Arbeitsbereich angeht. Man wird dabei gebeten Aufgaben zu erledigen, die nicht in der Stellenbeschreibung waren.
  • Auf der persönlichen Ebene kann man das Ineinderfließen von klaren Linien als Nachteil, aber manchmal auch als Vorteil sehen – je nachdem wie gut man mit seinen Vorgesetzten zurechtkommt und ob man das überhaupt will. Manchmal kann ein freundschaftliches Verhältnis von Nachteil sein, vor allem dann, wenn man mit bestimmten Aspekten seines Praktikums unzufrieden ist und man zu befangen ist, um es seinem Vorgesetzten mitzuteilen.
  • Auch das gesamte Praktikum an sich kann manchmal unorganisiert und unstrukturiert sein. Wichtig ist es, sich vorher genau nach seinen Aufgaben zu informieren.
  • Der zukünftige Arbeitgeber muss sich über eure Praktikumsunternehmen erst einmal informieren. Er wird wahrscheinlich nicht auf Anhieb wissen, in was für einer Firma ihr euer Praktikum gemacht habt. Allerdings ist es auch oftmals so, dass sich der Arbeitgeber nicht die Mühe machen wird, sich intensiv damit zu beschäftigen und sich nur euer Empfehlungsschreiben durchlesen wird. Dieses muss daher wirklich glänzend sein.

 

Das war meine kleine Gegenüberstellung. Sowohl ein Praktikum in einer großen, als auch in einer kleinen Firma hat seine Vor- und Nachteile. Am Ende des Tages muss man für sich selbst herausfinden, was man von seinem Praktikum erwartet und was es einem bringen soll. Ist man sich dessen klar, sollte die Wahl des Unternehmens schnell gefallen sein.

Allen Punkten zum Trotz, ist diese Gegenüberstellung natürlich nicht auf jedes einzelne Unternehmen übertragbar, denn Ausnahmen bestätigen wie immer die Regel.

 

Wenn auch Du Erfahrungen in einem Praktikum, egal ob in einem großen oder in einem kleinen Unternehmen, sammeln möchtest, dann bewirb Dich hier!

InternChina News

Back in Chengdu – The start of my internship!

Hello, I’m Harriet and I’ve just arrived from rainy old London to intern at the InternChina Chengdu Office for 3 months!
Although it’s not my first time in China, as I have spent some time working in Shanghai in the past and studied at Beijing Normal University, it wasn’t until I was lucky enough travel to Chengdu last year for the Generation UK 2 week program, that I realised how special a city Chengdu really is. I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep away for long…

InternChina -GenerationUK-Trip
InternChina – Generation UK Trip

I graduated last summer from SOAS in Chinese and Economics and began to work at a business consultancy. It was interesting and I definitely learnt a lot, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing out on being somewhere really exciting.

Chengdu isn’t like many other cities; in the early noughties western regions of China started to receive funding as a part of the ‘Develop the West’ initiative, and the effects can really be felt in Chengdu – as China’s Eastern coast slows, Chengdu buzzes with high levels of growth and this can be seen everywhere; new buildings seem spring up overnight and exciting start-ups flock to  the high-tech zone. But that’s not the only thing that makes Chengdu special.

Despite the booming economy, the pace of life here remains relaxed, everyone is pretty chilled out. The food – which is hot and spicy and tingles with Sichuan pepper, was almost enough alone to persuade me to come back!

InternChina-Internship-Barbecue
InternChina – Internship Barbecue

So when I landed on Sunday night, and was met by Cassie from the airport who took me to my apartment in a really bustling part of Chengdu, and we tucked into a big feast of yúxiāngqiézi (fish flavour aubergine) and huíguōròu (twice cooked pork) I couldn’t help but feel very lucky! I’m really excited to start my internship at InternChina, I know I have a lot to learn from the great team here.

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InternChina – Cassie enjoying Chinese food

 

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