02 Apri Networking in Beijing Another successful networking event organized by the staff at Go Abroad China; attendees included participants of the summer internship program in Beijing, students enrolled in our Chinese language programs, foreigners working in China and many other Chinese businesspeople and working force. In recent times, the popularity of networking events has increased significantly especially among career focused people. Let me give you a little backstory as to how this phenomenon has escalated to such heights: Networking and connections have always been central to how the Chinese conduct business. In the past, networking was very subtle, it was simply knowing that if somebody helps you with something, you would try your best to return the favor too. This is how friendships and connections would start to form; people helped those who were in their social networks. This was the etiquette in China back then. Today, this idea has multiplied to a large scale. In large cities in China, the working group is always looking to make business connections and get to network with other professionals; modern day networking has taken a more social style. Our clients who take an internship in China are given the opportunity to attend such sessions; what tips can we share? Put your communication skills into practice and initiate small talk if the atmosphere allows, but be cautious to not appear desperate. If you have taken some Chinese language lessons before, trying greeting somebody in Chinese and take it from there. Naturally conversation will flow from that. You need to be aware of the type of crowd you are surrounded in – i.e. working professionals. Keep your conversation formal; avoid bad jokes and sensitive topics such as religion or politics unless the other person initiates it first. Even if you are an intern or a student, you need to master self-awareness and professionalism. Get involved. This means that you should read reports about your sector, attend lectures/seminars etc so that you have all-round knowledge about that. Attending seminars is also another form of networking! You need to care about what is happening in the field that you work in. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere; connections are not made in one day so even if you don’t have anybody’s e business card, evaluate the whole experience and realize that for a start you are getting involved with a different crowd that your usual peers. Stay tuned for other cultural and fun events that Go Abroad China will be inviting you to and get your perfect Chinese experience.