What position do you hold at China Internship Placements? What has been your career path so far?
I am Assistant Operations Manager. My role at CIP is making sure there are enough logistics, Personnel and systems to handle demand for our internship programs. I am more like into general management. Like jack of all trade.
What does the future hold for China Internship Placements - any exciting new programs to share?
China Internship Placements Has more exciting programs for offering and updates in 2016. Our latest developments will come in series of enhancing value addition process of all applicants as well as non-applicants. We want to impact as many lives as possible. Then we will also add job search services for our participants in China.
What about the future of the industry? How do you think intern abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?
Just as the job sector is evolving, CIP is also always adapting to make sure our programs add values to keep our participants ahead of competition. I am seeing the industry changing so sharp within the next 10 years with reducing profit margin and stiffer competition based on signals we are getting. More young people would like to be more entrepreneurial and collaborative so they are independent of formal working environment. They will no more demand to work with organizations to boost their resume and profile rather, they would demand to work with startups and build relationships.
When that time comes, developing countries with massive startups and market with favorable environments. China certainly will be in demand for long. So you will see the entrepreneurial content in our program and it will reach full potential in the next 3 years.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
We are a listening organization and we factor recommendations from stakeholders into our product design. We concentrate on building solid relationships to consolidate our source of demand. We survived over 5 years without online marketing and so coming alive on the internet, it’s just an added advantage.
Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?
This is not an option at all!! MY advice to upcoming young executives is to seek first cultural immersion and learn more language and all others will fall in place.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
I will not have been pretty knowledgeable without CIP. The development process has been accumulating year on year. The training, exposure, the people, the network and anything you can think about including the motivation brings the best out of me. CIP had created room for all manner of people and with pretty much defined career progression goal. We even have engineers and other very technical skilled personnel working here.
What unique qualities does your company possess?
For the past few years, CIP was defined by the entrepreneurial internships, coaching and mentoring which appeals so much to our participants. So during our nomination for Deloitte awards, I did recollect the panel described CIP as “combine all other Agencies and Add CIP you get the definition of 21st century internship”. This is what we live for each day and we strive for it.