Jaise John Climbs Walls in China
As an international business student, Jaise John was excited to be able to work in the booming economy of Beijing, China. Jaise was interested in China because, as he says, it is one of the fastest developing countries in the world. He worked at a public affairs consultancy firm called North Head, where he conducted research on trade between Asian countries, analyzing daily news to provide to clients and also helped with expanding the company website.
Jaise viewed his international co-op as not only an opportunity but also as a challenge to be faced. He was excited about traveling to a country where he had no knowledge of the language or customs. Once in Beijing, Jaise encountered many cultural differences. He described the culture in China as being "totally different than back in the States," but he kept an open mind when faced with frustrating situations. Jaise learned to be patient with the language barrier and even took Mandarin on the weekends to improve his communication. He also learned to interact with his Chinese co-workers and be mindful of Chinese business manners. According to Jaise, it is very easy to offend someone if you are unfamiliar with Chinese customs.
On the weekends, Jaise enjoyed biking around Beijing. He found amazing restaurants and beautiful landscapes. He noted that in Beijing there are many things to see, and sightseeing never got old. “I grab a map and see where the roads take me and that’s how I found the best restaurants and most beautiful landscapes.” One of the memories he will always have was visiting the Great Wall of China on his birthday.
For students pursuing international co-op in the future, Jaise advises them to "be ready for new things, keep an open mind and always be street smart." For those on the fence about taking the opportunity to work abroad, Jaise says to go for it. “I’m still not done deciding what I should do with my life, but I figure trying new and different things is a step in the right direction.”