Next Step Connections

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Next Step Connections (NSC) is an international education organization located in Shanghai, China, and with branch offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. NSC is recognized as the true specialist in providing safe and quality internship programs to and within Asia.

As University students and fresh graduates need guidance as to what will be their next step, Next Step Connections (NSC) provides internship programs and other educational abroad services to help students gain personal development, find their professional path and ultimately reach their full potential. We strongly believe we are contributing to making the world a better place as we positively impact the lives of hundreds of students across the globe every year.

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  • Catherine
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Sydney
    University of Western Sydney
    9/10
    Hong Kong
    01/27/2016

    My experience in Hong Kong was awesome. Even though we were there to research the manufacturing industry in Hong Kong we still managed to have loads of fun sightseeing and going on outings during the weekend. Visiting Disneyland Hong kong, and the Big Buddha were the highlights of my trip. As well as, exploring various street markets, and experience new types of food.
    Accomodation during the trip was great, Holiday Inn Express provided our group with excellent customer service, and an excellent experience overall.
    Our guide, Jacky, was really friendly and engaging. He was always well presented, and willing to answer any questions and provide directions and recommendations of places if we wanted to go anywhere.

    How could this program be improved?

    I think one of the only things that could be improved would be the information related sessions and speakers. Some speakers were irrelevant to our topic of research, and that was a little bit disappointed. However, it was an overall good experience.

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  • Danielle
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Sydney
    University of Western Sydney
    9/10
    HK Study Tour 2016
    01/26/2016

    My stay was great! The team made me feel very welcome in a really unfamiliar place and helped me to settle in. The included tours allowed me to see a lot more than I thought I could in two weeks. The business visits were an insight and gave me heaps to write about in my research. Overall I was able to step out of my comfort zone and enjoy a trip that I was initially nervous about.

    My trip began with a sight-seeing trip of Hong Kong Island, where we visited the beautiful Victoria Peak (a great selfie opportunity!), the Aberdeen fishing village, and the Stanley Market. The team introduced us to the MTR system early on which made it so easy to get around. Our business visits included Li & Fung, Qualidux, Memorigin, and Jetta. These gave us an insight into the manufacturing industry in HK. Some of the more memorable experiences involved trying new foods -BBQ pork buns, egg waffles, and even fish stomach -, catching a show in Macau, and haggling in the markets. Even though this was a research study tour, the cultural experience has taught me so much and encouraged me to try new things. Definitely something I won't forget!

    How could this program be improved?

    Most of the sight-seeing activities were good but I didn't enjoy the visits where we were expected to buy something or had people try to sell us stuff. I would have been more interested in cultural or museum experiences.

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  • Mohammed
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    NSW, Sydney
    University of Western Sydney
    8/10
    Nice Service
    01/26/2016

    I didn't have the re entry visa for Hong Kong. Initially, I did not even know how to reach there. The staff of Next step (Jacky) was very helpful as I needed a re entry visa into Hong Kong. He took me to the immigration of HK and help me along the application process. This is because I have a different passport than other participants. I didn't realised until I was going out of HK just one day before. I would say it was fun and seen government offices and buildings besides my visa issue.

    How could this program be improved?

    Only the time is limited on each stop of the places visited.

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  • Jeffery
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    San Diego
    9/10
    Great Internship Experience
    08/04/2015

    NSC Shanghai Internship is a great program for intern overseas. The staff members are very helpful; it's very easy to get in touch with them. I learned a lot from this internship. During my work, I've strengthened my communication skills, time management skills, and work efficiency. In addition, the co-workers in my company are very friendly. They helped me gain a lot of work experience.

    All in all, participating in this program is very fruitful for me. I will never forget this experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    More social event during the weekends.

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  • Sara
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Milan, Italy
    Other
    9/10
    Life experience
    09/17/2014

    I spent 2 months and a half in this shocking, amazing and sometimes difficult city. It is huge, full of contrasts and apparently, completely different from the western standards I am used to. When I arrived I was scared because I didn't know anything about the culture and the language, so everyday I kept asking myself "How can I survive here?" In the end I survived. Chinese people are the kindest people I've ever met, always trying to help you, just give them time to know you. I was working in a small company of 25 Chinese people, just three of them could speak English, and I can't speak a word of Chinese, so at the beginning it was kind of difficult but in the end I felt so sad leaving. I was doing marketing, so for all the period I was there, I had to do marketing analysis of clients, sometimes it was very boring, but I really can't complain, I learn how to segment the market and to create a marketing plan. When I needed Next Step Connections, Next Step was always there, fixing Internet when it was not working, helping me getting Internet on my mobile phone (not so easy if you really can't speak ONE word of chinese) and creating occasions to meet the other interns. The flat also was really nice. I have really appreciated their effort.

    How could this program be improved?

    The only thing I can think of is the possibility to have Chinese classes, made by a teacher that is in contact with the organization. The thing that I've found more difficult was to communicate in the everyday life, understanding what I was eating, asking the taxi driver where he had go, and all these kind of things. Maybe classes with all the interns could be an idea, and also an opportunity to socialize!
    For the rest I really can't complain!

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