For me, this internship was very intriguing to me as it was the first time I got to look at and work with global finance and look at global trade and the effects on global markets of different economics factors and different economic pressures and this made it very interesting for me.
I think that I was quite valued by my colleagues over there. Though there was an obvious language barrier over there, they did their best to try and accomodate me into the working environment and support me as much as they possibly could so that I could learn effectively over there.
I was given quite a lot of support and guidance over there. The programme was quite rigorous and the management team was quite strict so I knew that I was getting a lot of support and guidance to continually grow as both a person and as an Economist in the future.
I was quite busy on a daily basis as there were loads of things to do but this was also balanced by the fun I had while working there and the fun I had while working in a new company and this was really fun for me as I really had never worked abroad before so I never felt too busy or too overworked.
I think that I was given quite a fair amount of responsibility. I was working in a highly competitive environment where everyone completed their work very quickly and up to a high standard so I had to ensure that I was working on par with them and this was really good to push myself.
I definitely received loads of skills in the world of Finance such as writing reports and analysing global trade in different markets. This was very useful to me as I feel like in the future, it will be very likely that I have a finance job and these skills are equipping me for a future career.
In my office, there was generally quite a competitive atmosphere because everyone wanted to compete and produce better work than others and I feel like this atmosphere was very beneficial for me because it pushed me to work harder and produce work that was better than I had ever made before.
I think that the overall internship was set up quite well. They provided me with accommodation over there which was nice and they also ensured that I was close to my office in which I was working. At the office, they had clear roles for me with clear tasks to do also.
I think that the company invested alot into me as they gave me many skills to write reports and perform analyses of global trade markets, but also, I highly benefitted from again, the competitive working environment in which I was placed in that pushed me to work hard and succeed even more.
Above 25 days holiday
I would most certainly love to work with them again and I would very much like working abroad as it provides a rich new experience that you simply cannot get from working at home and this can simply be very fun. I would like to say they would want to employ me in the future but competition is very high.
There was a relatively good social scene in the workplace between me and the other colleagues. Despite the language barriers, we got on quite well and after some time, I picked up some Mandarin so could converse with them much easier, allowing the conversation to flow much more when talking to them.
The cost of living in the area I lived in was much cheaper than living in London. I paid the company for my accommodation and it was actually very nice and in close proximity to my office. The city of Shanghai was very nice with a multitude of socialising opportunities to discover.
There was quite a lot of nighlife in Shanghai as it is quite a populous place. This meant that there were quite a few bars, pubs and other venues to enjoy yourselves in at night. These were particularly attractive for the tourisits that were visiting as a place to have fun.
There were quite a few opportunities to get involved in activities such as company events, parties and meting up outside work. There was one opportunity to attend a conference on global trade and I really enjoyed this as it gave me an even deeper insight into global markets and trade on the international level.
Internship (1-4 Months)
13th October 2019