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More foreign grads get to China to boost future career (2)

By Han Shasha (People's Daily Online)

13:09, November 21, 2011

Their lack of working experience makes interns cheap and cost-effective labor in comparison to highly qualified, experienced specialists. As risky as it might be to hire someone fresh from the university, more often than not they grow to be talented and skilled employees loyal to their companies.

Sebastian, 26, comes from Germany. He graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 with a degree in International Communications. Upon graduation, he moved to Beijing to start his internship program in the RenRen Company, China's largest social network.

The company was willing to hire someone who could speak both English and German fluently and capable of understanding some Chinese. Sebastian was a perfect match. And it was his first and successful step towards future career: RenRen went public in the United States earlier this year and Sebastian was offered a full-time position within the company.

Internship in China might as well help students and graduates to fully assess their chances, abilities and preferences. Working full-time for several months in a company is sometimes more than enough to understand whether the job and the company are suitable or the chosen career path is totally wrong.

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DK Gurulu at 2011-11-21137.132.3.*
Very interesting indeed. I have heard many similar stories. Even on a higher and more senior level it can be very useful to be conversational in Chinese. I know an investment banker at BoA who speaks Chinese and that is how he got the IB job in China. So start learning Chinese ;-)Dan Kowalsky
wyx at 2011-11-21115.152.209.*
I hope that there"ll be more foreigners going to learn our Chinese.

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