The time has come. I need to start thinking about what to do after graduating. I know it’s still months away. We just started the second term. But I don’t want to stay here in the UK, nor will I go back to Germany.
This year I want to go back to China. As classes finish end of March, I am free to do some internships before finally graduating in September and going on the big job hunt.
But how do you find an internship in a country thousand miles away? Well, try the internet.
I have been researching job sites since beginning of last year. You have to keep up to date, and observe the job market. I am no engineer, nor am I a business student, so finding the right internship/job for me, is a difficult task. But it’s not impossible.
So what job sites do I prefer? My first choice is the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Deutsche Auslandshandelskammer AHK) They have different sites for every country with job advertisements. In my case, I always check the German Chamber Network Greater China. It is perfect. A wide range of different companies and organisations advert their internships or jobs. It is more than just a site for finding an English teaching job. The job section offers senior positions where you need several years work experience. So, mostly I cannot apply for those. But I have found a lot of interesting offers in the internship section. You don’t necessary need to be German or speak German.
Then there is Sinojobs; the European-Chinese job portal. This one is for the whole of Europe. So, it is also good for Chinese people who want to find a job in Germany or another Europe country. Though, most of the job adverts are positions in China. I regularly check the site. But most of the good job adverts are for engineers or something technical…
As I would prefer to find something in Shanghai, the website SmartShanghai (has a Beijing equivalent SmartBeijing) has a job section. But most of the jobs are English teaching positions. Not something I want to do for the rest of my life. And then there is the site enterShanghai with a job and career section. It is worth having a look once in a while. You never know.
But all recent internships I applied for I found on the AHK site. And I even got an interview opportunity. I just had my first Skype job interview today! Can you imagine how exciting that was? Did you ever have to do an interview via Skype? There is no hand shaking, no offering of water, no “Was it easy to find us?”… really a bit awkward in the first seconds. But then you get used to it. And when I got over the shock that the whole interview was in Chinese (!) it went quiet well. Now I can just wait and hope I made a good impression.
What are your experiences of finding a job/internship in China (without even being in China)? What job site would you recommend?
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