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Furthering your Career Prospects with an Internship in China

Posted: 11th November 2015 08:28

With competition for career progression tougher than ever before many graduates are finding that even entry level opportunities require significant amounts of experience.  Simply having completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study is no longer considered enough as more than 300,000 UK graduates enter an over-saturated jobs market each year. 

Candidates are increasingly looking towards internship opportunities to build a strong resume and begin to put their education into practice.  After gaining experience on an internship candidates are then faced with the prospect of going head-to-head with similarly educated and equally experienced applicants who have had the same idea to attempt to get ahead.  As a result, the ability to stand out from the crowd is depressingly diminished. 

But it is not all doom and gloom.  An internship opportunity abroad will provide your resume with something the other candidates are unlikely to possess.  It will open up new opportunities, complement what you have already learned domestically and, at the same time, offer a completely different experience to what you have gained at home.  Whatever career path you wish to pursue, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider undertaking an internship in China.

Why Undertake an Internship in China?

Experience one of the world’s fastest growing economies

Almost 30 years ago China began the process of economic reform taking the country on a path from a poor and introspective communist backwater, to one of the world’s most important economies.  China is well on its way to becoming the world’s next economic superpower and some predict it will replace the United States as the world’s largest economy as soon as 2030.

Acquire knowledge of Chinese business strategies

Chinese companies now own some of the world’s most famous brands, while goods manufactured in China now fill Western households.  China’s remarkable development has an impact on people all over the globe.  There is no better way to get a glimpse inside real China than to work in a company or organisation located there. 

Prepare for future employment internationally

The cultural differences between the UK and China are far reaching.  Chinese culture reflects the customs and traditions of one of the largest countries in the world and its impact on the way in which businesses think and operate are instrumental.  An internship will help in adapting to the different attitudes and mind sets. 

Learn the Chinese language and practice with natives

An internship in China will provide the opportunity to learn and practice Mandarin in all aspects of life.  Mandarin is by far the most widely spoken language in the world and possessing the skills to be able to converse it is sure to give you extra brownie points in any job interview situation – particularly amongst multinational organisations conducting business activities in Asia.

Enjoy gap year experiences whilst boosting your employability

There is always the risk that those taking a gap year will fall behind in their career as their chosen industry continues to develop and change while their education and skillset becomes one year older.  With internship opportunities in China, graduates are no longer required to differentiate between the pursuit of exploring the world and the desire to embark upon their career.

Five Awesome Career Prospects in China


China is the world’s largest manufacturing power house and now accounts for a fifth of global manufacturing.  In the past five years, revenue for China’s engineering industry has been increasing at a rate of 5.8% per year.  As China continues to build up its cities and expand inland, the need for engineering experts will continue to stay in high demand. 

Green Tech

While China may have the highest CO2 emissions in the world, it is also one of the most dedicated to green technology incentives as the fastest growing clean energy market.  China has ambitious targets for future renewable energy development, particularly in wind power, solar power heating, ethanol, biomass, and small hydropower.  By 2020 China plans to have renewable energy account for 15% of the total consumption.

Medical, Public Health & Pharmaceuticals

China is currently embarking on a comprehensive health-care system reform, particularly intended to make it more affordable to the rural poor.  Entry to the World Trade Organization in 2001 has transformed the Pharmaceuticals industry in China, with stronger patent control, industry regulation and improved availability of medical insurance.  Both Shanghai and Beijing are transforming into global centres for research and development into the drug industry.


China’s e-commerce sector has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years.  Chinese consumers love the convenience of shopping online as well as making online game purchases.  Led by Alibaba and Tencent, China’s huge and rapidly expanding e-commerce market is forecast to be bigger than those in America, Britain, Japan, Germany and France combined by 2020.

Media, Journalism & Publishing

Media in China remains largely government controlled, yet more and more independent media is emerging.  China’s media development and journalism education have changed to meet new demands brought by political and economic reforms.  Dramatic developments in journalism education and practice are occurring.  In 2012 alone, 47.6 billion newspaper copies, 3.4 billion magazines, and 8.1 billion books were published.

About Go Abroad China

Go Abroad China has over 600 partner companies in Beijing and Shanghai, who are able to offer a valuable work experience for young professionals, providing a platform where they can acquire, learn and develop the vital skills that are needed in the world of international business.

The programs are designed to be interesting, reliable and an affordable option for the total immersion into the Chinese language, culture and way of life.  Throughout the China internship, Go Abroad China will frequently communicate with both the intern and the partner company to ensure that the internship experience is varied, structured and managed in a professional way. 

For the duration of the internship Go Abroad China will provide the choice between 20 Chinese language classes in small groups or 15 private tutorial classes per month with their native Mandarin teachers who are experienced in teaching Chinese to foreigners.  Interns will also receive plenty of opportunities to further their language skills during social activities, guided tours, unique field trips, dinner parties and volunteer and cultural excursions organised by Go Abroad China.

Finding an internship in China can be a tough and time-consuming task which is why the staff at Go Abroad China is committed to providing the best quality program along with flawless communication to ensure the best possible experience.  More than 1,200 talented undergraduates, graduates and young professionals from all over the globe have joined the Go Abroad China Internship program since it launched more than 10 years ago.  In that time over 60% of Go Abroad China participants were offered to continue their internship experience or were offered a full-time position from their employer. 

Partners include:Boeing, Pepsi, China Mobile, UnionPay, BMW, Spirent, HP, Bank of China, UNICEF, Hilton.



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