Taking a Step Back

I can’t believe my internship has ended. I truly believe I got lucky with this company, I have loved the people so much it makes me sad to leave them. We all went out to lunch as a goodbye party for me; it was very bittersweet, and I’m not referring to the food.  The only thing I regret is not bringing more gifts, the ones I had though were received very well. I believe my performance as an intern was above expectation. My supervisor gave me full marks except one: he gave me a 4 on business knowledge because “we don’t do much business here anyway.” I pleasantly surprised Mr. Mao with the efficiency of my work, he thought the projects were going to take much longer than they did and he was very happy with the quality. I was able to get through projects that weren’t particularly interesting and do what needed to be done. One thing I could improve on is communicating more with my supervisor even if they are busy.

This internship has given me valuable perspective on global businesses that is difficult to obtain in a classroom. Hands-on experience is often the best way to learn and learning how to maneuver different cultures certainly isn’t something that can be written in a textbook. This first-hand knowledge will give me an edge in interviews and prepare me for working with people from different cultures and traveling abroad in the future. Problem solving and adapting skills will benefit me all-around, whether it be in the workplace or just out and about. Since I plan on going on to the MIB program this will also be a great stepping stone to that goal. I’m still not quite sure what I want to do as a career, but needless to say I have learned a lot from being here and I am sure it will help me in whatever I do.

My key takeaway from this experience is this: you can handle much more than you think you can. Problems that seem big only appear like that in the moment, what is important is to have perspective. Some people let anxiety and fear of failure consume them, what I always tell my friends is that it is temporary and a few weeks, maybe months, from now whatever they are worrying about probably won’t matter. Why make yourself stressed when you know you are capable of working things out? This is tough for a lot of people to accept and apply, but it has gotten me through a lot both professionally and personally. Take things as they come, don’t get yourself worked up, and focus on problem solving. Living in Beijing has solidified this mindset for me and thinking this way has made me happier and more confident. I can’t describe how grateful I am to have this opportunity and how wonderful of an experience I’ve had, it will be sad to leave but when I do it will be with countless memories and a sharpened mindset.

Kaial UF

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