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First Chinese career advise

Not really planning to stay in China because of professional reasons but still wanted to have at least 1 career coaching session on professional life in China. Just so I could get a feel of what it is about and how it would look like. You never know. Always interesting.

With a Chinese career coach from a local consulting company I discussed a bit the basics of life as an expat in Shanghai.

These are the things I learned:

  • Government reduced regulation for Visa’s. Process had become more convenient and less of a barrier.
  • Chinese companies in general have international ambitions and therefore want a certain amount of expats.
  • Sounds logical but knowledge of Mandarin is not to be underestimated (way less the case in Dubai for example, no need to speak Arabic there).
  • You earn up to twice as much as a local Chinese employee.
  • Modern companies are less Chinese than you would think; They try to create (read: copy) western corporate cultures and be innovative and stimulating.
  • Having a network is very important. Finding jobs doesn’t happen like in Europe where they are nicely listed on the website. It’s more of an ‘American’ system where you have to be referred and know somebody to get in.
  • Get used to indirect communication and a lot of strange habits.

Personal take-away: Note ambition no. 1 to work here but wouldn’t mind ending up here for a certain period of time.

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First Teppanyaki!

I did pretty well in doing ‘local stuff’ in the first couple of days while I’m Shanghai :). This blog will be about my first ‘Teppanyaki’ experience.

It is a Japanese way of cooking/eating where the cook is installed at the middle of the table with a big cooking plate and all the guests sit around it. Just have a look at this picture and you’ll quickly know what I mean.

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You order all kinds of food from the menu (mainly by pointing at pictures since the Chinese people here don’t understand English ;)) and then they bring the ingredients to the cook who prepares in front of you.

It’s not only nice to see, it also tasted very well. Ate many different things from prawns, mussels and snails to lamb chops, steak (ow yes, my ‘being-a-vegetarian’ experiment is over after almost 2 months ;)), all prepared in a tasty Japanese way!

The formula is typically a fixed price for ‘all you can eat and dink’. In this it was 238 RMB. If in China or Japan, definitely check this out. But put some time in finding a good one. I’ve heard cheap, low-quality Teppanyaki’s as well.

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First Time at Shanghai!


Today I arrived at Shanghai! This is the last stop of my rotation program and maybe the most interesting so far! Going to San Francisco and Dubai was pretty convenient. You can adapt quickly and at least you can speak the local language (in Dubai everything is English). Shanghai is a different game! Although they are very modern and civilized, they still do things differently. A lot of modern and western products and services are especially adapted for the Chinese market. Will be interesting to discover!

I will stay here for 7 weeks and do an ‘Action Project’ for a Shanghai based company. Monday I will know which company I will be working for and which other Hult-students will be in my team. This the final part of my masters program that I have to. This is our ‘thesis’ if you like to put it that way.

More updates later!

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