Macquarie students have long enjoyed access to a large number of internship opportunities with local companies, including many multinationals located alongside the University in the North Ryde business precinct.
But with most students now aiming for a career unlimited by borders, a number of Macquarie students are looking for overseas for their internship opportunities.
Les secured the internship through CRCC Asia, a leading provider of internship placements in China.
CRCC Asia says there are an increasing number of students from Australia, the UK and the USA who are seeking internship opportunities in the world’s fastest growing major economy.
Being native Chinese, Les did not suffer from ‘culture shock’ during his internship period, but he notes that the company goes to a lot of effort to ensure Australian-born students make a non-stressful transition to China.
“In addition to providing a lot of social and cultural events like the welcome banquet and karaoke night, CRCC provides ‘survival Chinese’ lessons for non-Chinese speakers and helps them arrange their Chinese visa,” he notes.
Les was involved with a diverse range of functions during his time with Avant Capital, including preparation and translation of business plans and researching potential investors and product markets.
He says the experience gave him skills that he could not have learned in a classroom.
“In my future career I know I will have to possess not only professional skills, but also problem solving, communication and time management skills and the ability to adapt,” he says.
“Fortunately, I learned all these skills from my successful internship experience and on top of this I made a lot of life-long friends.”