During my time at The Asian Banker, I have learned more about my working and learning styles. Gathering background research and summarizing information are areas where I already succeeded throughout my college career. When assigned those tasks, it came naturally to me. Some of the areas I struggled in were editing articles and reviewing grammar. Sometimes, it would be necessary to rewrite a sentence or change word choice to improve the readability of the article. However, it was a challenging process to choose a different word or sentence structure that did not change the intended meaning of the original draft.
Another area I struggle with is coordinating with other members of my team. I naturally work on my projects alone, and it would not occur to me to talk to the other researchers for their input or advice regarding my work before submitting it to my supervisor. Moving forward, I would like to foster a more collaborative mindset.
This internship has taught me extensively about the working environment and culture of the financial industry in China. I was fortunate enough to gain firsthand experience as a temporary peer of educated professionals working in an occupation I heavily consider for employment after undergraduate education. Although China has a significantly different living and working culture, many of the general ideas transfer into its American counterpart. Working at The Asian Banker has not changed my career aspirations significantly, but it has strengthened my confidence in searching for prospects after I graduate. The director of the Beijing office offered me many insights in what the consulting industry needs in its workers, and how to most effectively navigate the field.
There have been countless learning experiences that I have gone through because of this program. I have learned what companies look for in their employees and what skills are most marketable for interviewers moving out of college. I have increased my writing quality and learned new research techniques. If I chose the single most important takeaway from my time in China, it would be the importance of networking and continuous self-improvement. In the modern job market, employment contracts are becoming more and more fluid and short-term. Twenty year-long careers followed by a secured pension and retirement plan are increasingly rare. New employees should place themselves into a situation where there are continuously developing their upward mobility in their industry.