1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My city of choice was Shanghai, I got to intern at a company that specialized in the import and export of large stainless steel products and machinery. I was in their marketing department. I enjoyed the work that I did, of course like any other job you need to spend some days learning how everybody works and being part of a team.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt like I was part of the team that I worked with especially with our tasks of marketing research into new markets for the company to get into. The 2 guys and lady I worked with were really helpful in the beginning and as I got more confident with the work, I got a much heavier work load.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My internship was full time like everybody else; I worked 8 hours a day with a lunch hour break. Some days were easy with admin work for our department, other days were full devoted to research and analysis work.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I am a business major and with this internship I got to understand particularly the import/export business and all the background work that needs to be done to get to a specific target market. I hope that some of the things I learnt from my internship will be helpful in my future job, and that I got this exposure from China
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
I largely interacted with my colleagues in the marketing department- it was actually a bit separated from all the other departments from what I saw. My colleagues were always pleasant, I don't speak a word of Chinese and they were gracious enough to help me order food at lunch time when everybody else was ordering...things of that sort.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was fairly well organised, I didn't encounter major problems since Go Abroad China has a coordinator in Shanghai and she was the one who taught me how to catch the metro to work. I was also lucky enough to get a stipend with the internship company.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
There were no perks with
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I would advise anybody looking to go to Shanghai to have a little bit of flexible money. Shanghai is international, it has good entertainment spots but with so many foreigners living there, exported food and beverages, the costs can really add up especially if you like a social life.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Some opportunities outside of work only came during the weekends. I got to know some of the other people that also came with Go Abroad China and we would all go out together, I tried archery at some point.