I would like to work in the overseas sales division at a Japanese company which is a partner of a Chinese company. Though I originally come from China, I feel that I'm quite different from Chinese, because I came to Japan when I was 4th grade in elementary school. Therefore, I want to learn more about Chinese society. Moreover, I would like to become a bridge between China and Japan in the future , so I decided to do an internship in China.
I'm planning to attend lectures at University, and at the same time, I will do internship in the Japanese company. First of all, I will do my best to brush up my Chinese skills. Secondly, I would like to learn the differences between Japanese company and Chinese company.
Through this experience, I would like to clarify what is my weaknesses and what kind of skills should I learn in the future.
I will not only learn about Chinese society but also try to share good points of Japan.
I took some lessons for 2 weeks at Suzhou university, and participated internships during the studying abroad program. In Suzhou university, I took commercial class and Japanese class. It was very interesting because I usually study with Japanese perspectives while now I’m studying with Chinese perspectives. The fact that the same topic can be something different drove me find something new. Also, the hot topics being debated were environmental problems caused by rapidly grown Chinese economy and national identity. The Japanese class made me nervous since it was interactive and students often have to speak in the class. I felt lots of young Chinese people are interested in Japanese culture as it’s widespread.
In the internship, I went to a Japanese logistics company for the first three days, visited sales department, customs duties, stock management department and participated in ISO conference. After that I did the office work at a Chinese company selling electronic equipment.The difference between Japanese and Chinese companies is Japanese companies focus on carefully working, but Chinese companies place importance on working quickly.
Through this studying abroad program, I found the new ways of thinking. Also, I realized what it is I lack. I'll try to make good efforts to compensate for what I lack before my job hunting starts.
Through this internship, I realized that my English communication skills and computer skills were not enough and I needed more practice.
During my internship, I needed to use English very often to contact with both of Japanese and Chinese companies. My English skills are immature, so I need to focus on improving my English skills. I set my goals to get the high score of TOEIC that will be helpful to get a better job.
When I was working at the office in China, it took too long time doing office work, because I wasn’t used to use Microsoft Excel and Word. So I need to practice to improve my computer skills also. I set my goals to get certification of MOS Examination for Microsoft Office.
Through the internship, I realized what it is I was lacking in and I was able to set goals for the improvement, so I think it was meaningful experience to me.