China Industry Spotlight: Consulting and Management
As a business major or business graduate, the consulting industry is one of the first places you look for a job or internship. Why? The consulting industry is a truly exciting and challenging field to work in. You might work with one client or industry for only several weeks before switching to an entirely new industry, which means you are always on your toes and learning. Or, you may want to stay in one industry for many years and become an expert in that area. Each industry and client has its own set of difficulties and problems to solve.
And that is exactly what a management consultant is – a problem solver. What type of problems will you have to solve? It could be anything from finding out why they are losing market share, why their employees are leaving, why their latest produce launch failed or the best type of training program they should have to create in-house executive talents. The problems a company has are endless and that’s why consultants are in high demand. Consultants travel a great deal around the world, which can be exciting. However, they also work long hours, which means you have to really love what you are doing in order to succeed long term as a consultant. When you’re not meeting with a client’s team or your own, you will be busy crunching numbers and coming up with new ideas and strategies that will help your client succeed. You’ll also need excellent presentation skills and be well informed enough to answer difficult questions that your client might throw at you. You will develop the skill of being able to quickly spot problems and breaking down complex problems into easy to understand terms and solutions to fix them.
In China, foreign consultants are especially needed to offer advice to Chinese companies who are looking to break into international markets. What do foreign customers want, what type of competition exists in foreign markets, how do our finance and legal procedures and systems need to change to accommodate international accounting rules and international laws, what is the best import/export strategy we should have, how to change our customer service process to accommodate the needs of people on the opposite side of the globe? The problems for Chinese companies looking to expand are also endless. Now is the time to break into the consulting industry in China as the industry overall is not as mature as other countries and it is growing fast.
Gi2C Group can help you find a management or business consulting internship and learn more about China’s unique culture along the way with an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai. Internships are the perfect opportunity to test different industries and company environments to learn about what type of career best suits you. Internships also help you get your foot in the door and provide great opportunities to network in your desired industry.
- Client information management
- Data management and company research
- Project and client presentation assistance
- Analyze market trends and competitors
- Make sure deadlines are met
Experience and qualifications
Preferably a graduate with a Bachelor’s in business management. Excellent verbal and written communication and customer service skills. Must be able to multi-task and meet deadlines as well as work hard.