My time at my internship and in Beijing has officially come to an end, and now it is time to head back home. Looking back on this whole experience now, it really has been truly incredible. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend one of my summers.
However, I did come on this trip most importantly for an internship. So now, it is time to give myself an assessment of how I did as an intern. Being at SmartTrans for about two months, I learned what I’m good at and what I still need to improve on. When it comes to certain tasks that require being meticulous, I am best suited doing things such as creating operation flowcharts and providing information on products for market research. Although I enjoyed working on invoices and other financial tasks, I know that is an area that I need to learn more about and improve on.
This experience has certainly contributed to my professional development, career aspirations, and personal growth. In terms of professional development, my internship has taught me how to network and represent the company. For career aspirations, I am still not entirely sure what I want to do; however, my internship has helped me narrow the field down to operations or finance. As for personal growth, there is a lot I can talk about that would make this journal much too long. Some of the areas of growth included patience, acknowledging weaknesses and actively trying to improve upon them, and confidence. I am in no way done growing, and I am going to take this growth and continue upon it back home. This will relate and benefit me in my future career because whatever I do and wherever I end up, I’m going to apply what I have learned from this internship and experience to do well in any of my future aspirations.
The biggest and key takeaway from this experience has been is to have an open mindset, willingness to learn, and humbleness. I realized that coming to a place like China, one needs to come with an open mind to truly appreciate the culture. In terms of willingness to learn, one should be made aware of one’s weaknesses and learn to better oneself; also, one should learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable and make the most of a situation. For humbleness, it is important to understand one’s roots and background.
Beijing has been great, and I am going to miss this place a lot: from my colleagues and people to the atmosphere of the place. China has really opened my eyes to a lot of things I wasn’t aware of before. This will not be the last time I am here in China, and I hope to be back here sometime soon.
Photo: SmartTrans gave me an opportunity to talk at AustCham, a program that helps university students in Australia come to China and intern with companies. It was a great experience!