What position do you hold at Gi2C Group? What has your career path been like so far?
Scott: I'm the Public Relations Director at Gi2C Group. I am also responsible for the majority of our North American recruitment. At a young age I developed a passion for entrepreneurship and technology. Throughout high-school and university, I worked for a number of young, energetic, and enthusiastic small businesses. While at university I participated in a student exchange program with Singapore Management University. Studying in Singapore completely changed my global outlook. It sparked my interest in Asia's diverse business and cultural landscape.
Five days after graduating with a BSBA in Accounting and Professional Writing from The Ohio State University, I boarded a plane bound for Beijing, China. I spent my first six months in China working as an education consultant at an international kindergarten before joining the team at Gi2C Group.
What are the core principles Gi2C Group strives to achieve?
Scott: Safety and Support: Let's be clear, living and working in China is challenging. However, as with many life experiences, the most challenging can also be the most rewarding. At Gi2C Group, our goal is to put our interns in the position to succeed. This starts with providing a safe and supportive environment.
Opportunity and Understanding: We feel that China is ripe with career opportunities for motivated young people and we want to help others understand why. As the second largest economy in an increasingly interconnected and global world, China should be considered a premiere destination for students and graduates to gain valuable work experience. As many former interns have told us, an internship is what you make of it. Gi2C Group encourages all of our interns to approach their opportunity with a diligent enthusiasm and willingness to learn. This willingness to learn must go beyond what happens during work hours, it includes a desire to learn the language, interact with the locals, and appreciate the many cultural differences that make China such an interesting country.
Personal and Professional Development: Living and working in China will change you as a person, and it will change you for the better. Our internship program has been the catalyst that has opened doors to employment opportunities and professional development for hundreds of former interns. As more and more companies make moves to enter the Chinese market, the CV value of an internship in China continues to grow. An internship in China should be viewed as a personal and professional investment.
What separates Gi2C Group from other internship providers?
Scott: Affordability: Our placement fees are lower than almost all of our competitors. Flexibility: Whether you want a one-month or twelve-month internship, we got you covered. Have us arrange accommodation or arrive and arrange it yourself. High-rise or home-stay - it's up to you. Our flexible start dates also help make things easier for interested applicants. Individual Focus: From the beginning of the placement process, our experienced internship experts work closely with each applicant, taking into account interests, abilities, qualifications, and needs of partner companies when determining a suitable placement.
What does the future hold for Gi2C Group?
Scott: More collaboration with more great companies and awesome individuals. We have been blessed with the opportunity to host hundreds of incredibly motivated and inspiring young people; our program feeds off of their energy and enthusiasm.
We recently opened our first office in Shanghai, and that move was the result of years spent building personal and professional contacts - developing opportunities for interns. Shanghai is such a remarkable city with so many opportunities and I anticipate us having a huge year there connecting interns with both growing and established companies.
Aside from that, we will be doing more face to face recruiting all over the world. So many young people are more willing than ever to step out of their comfort zone and travel abroad. This is a great sign not only for business at Gi2C Group but also for the entire world. We are in the midst of a digital revolution.
Technology and globalization is changing the way we view the world and the way that businesses approach doing business. I believe that experience abroad is not just beneficial for young people, but it will soon become necessary to compete in this new global business environment.