Monday 23 October 2017

How I ended up in Zhuhai - China ?

Hey all,

If you are reading this blog you might be interested in an internship in China!

I am a business student of 22 years old. I decided to take a gap year from May 2017 to August 2018.

I have always been interested in this country. I don't really know why but I wanted something which would take me out of my comfort zone.

I started applying for internships in February. I came up with an answer in March at The ODM group.
It was so exciting! Everything was going so quickly, I wasn't ready for this!

It is after getting my visa for China that I realized that I was coming here for 6 months ALONE!

Now, everything is great for me, I got used to Chinese lifestyle. People are very kind and helpful
and Zhuhai is an amazing city where it's good to live.

I also met wonderful people here - it is now a family!

My internship went very well, it was interesting to work in a multicultural environment. I enjoyed factory visits and some good and interesting projects I have worked on.

I would definitely recommend China not only for work experience but also to develop your soft skills!

Follow my next posts for more details about my internship! xx

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Tuesday 3 January 2017

The expert in anything was once a beginner: Finishing my internship in Zhuhai

After spending nearly 4.5 months back in China, it is time to retrace my steps and go back home. During my internship in Zhuhai I have learned, laughed and experienced so much more than I was expecting when I hopped on that plane back in August.

Zhuhai is a lovely little city and much more modern than I thought at first! It was great to be in China again and to notice my Chinese improving with each day. I ate all the mooncakes during Midautumn Festival, had the great opportunity to visit Guangzhou twice, celebrated my birthday at an awesome island festival and met so many wonderful people.

Guangzhou is also an amazing city, only an hour away by train. Some of my fondest memories of China were made here: from doing an awesome boat tour and having drinks on the 99th floor with a view of the Canton Tower, to strolling around and drinking rose tea in an Antique street and visiting the Guangdong Museum.

Through my work I have gained so much experience about sourcing. Before, it kind of felt like products just appeared from China out of thin air, but after working at ODM I now understand the process and hours of work that are behind every product. China is not a vending machine, unlike many people tend to think.

Flying out to the other side of the world isn't the hardest part: sit on a plane for a few hours and you're there. The trick is to make it your own. Of course sometimes it's difficult, language and culture will not be the same as back home. But instead of enduring, try turning it around and use it as a stepping stone to grow more independent and confident. Going abroad is a great way to learn from the things you don't understand yet and once you go home, you will notice how it opened your mind.

Had a great time in Zhuhai, and I really hope to come back one day soon!

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