1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My internship allowed me to experience China for myself, so many people have written about China and I've seen thousands of pictures and stories, then I finally got the chance to go.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were helpful especially in the beginning right after I arrived for my internship, and because I have a level 2 Chinese, in my free time I would practice with them
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My supervisor gave me my daily tasks. I also reported to her every morning, which was very embarrassing the couple of times I was late for work.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I worked full time like my other coworkers, 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was working in a public relations company. Our clients were other companies that needed to reach better markets, that were also trying to get more client relations and improve their business. I was involved in that daily, sometimes it would be joining the research team, other times it would be maintaining communication with clients.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
To communicate better with clients, to meet deadlines (that's a big one), time management, keeping clients happy etc
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Most days it was really friendly and good, but it got stressful when people were trying to meet deadlines.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I felt like it was fairly well organised, GAC people picked me up from the airport in Beijing and I relied on them whenever I needed advise about travelling, shopping, something in my apartment, stuff like that.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I do feel like my communication skills have gotten better just because I was exposed to a different culture and way of doing things and the work environment.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I already completed my internship, but unfortunately I didn't get a long term contract.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes my colleagues were really friendly, but I also got to meet other people who also signed with Go Abroad China and were also doing different internships. We did a calligraphy class together, then shopping and sight seeing in Beijing.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
China is actually not as cheap as people suggest, at least for me it was a bit costly. GAC already includes rent so you do not need to pay that, but you do need to bring extra money for electricity or water.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Beijing nightlife is really great, whether you want the loud nightclubs or jazz bars, raggae bars or other types of live music, they are all there.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes the weekends were usually the only times I socialised.