My Mandarin tutor was really supportive of me!
Looking online, I spotted a number of openings for real estate internships with Go Abroad China, so I called them. They told me about an opening in Qingdao and I went for it. It looked like an area of work that would appeal to me, plus, bonus, I wanted to travel and experience another culture.
So I got it. My first few weeks were a major blur of learning about government restrictions and local laws. But it got a lot easier down the line. I got help learning the language at Go Abroad China, which was a life-saver. My tutor and the other students were really great and helped my confidence. Once I had learned the ropes, my real estate internship job went from okay to awesome. I met loads of interesting, diverse people. I'll keep in touch with many of them and some of them could help me professionally. The Qingdao Pier and the pavilion, the Huilange Pavilion, are an amazing sight to behold, especially when all lit up. I really love living here in Qingdao.