Mehmet Salih and Zhuhai World Wide Scientific (ZHBS56)
You are likely never to have heard of Zhuhai – located in the southwest of China’s Pearl River delta, Zhuhai is southern China’s best kept secret. Having just been a small fishing village in the 1970’s before being granted Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status, Zhuhai was incorporated as a city in 1979. Its growth since then has been remarkable – the quality of life as well as population size have shifted significantly in the past 30 years.
The fisher girl – symbol of Zhuhai
Short company introduction – Internship code ZHBS56
Zhuhai World Wide Scientific Co., Ltd. is specialised in R&D, manufacturing, marketing and technological service of intelligent environmentally friendly products. Based on the concept of “quality first, development through innovation”, it created the brand of “Huaxintong”and integrated the ideas of energy saving, environmental protection and intelligence into the design of its products. The company took the lead in launching intelligent environmentally friendly products in China such as the infrared intelligent sensor trash can, solar-powered intelligent trash compactor and intelligent trash cleaning robot. The solar intelligent trash compactor alone owns 12 national patents and the products have been highly praised since being launched.
You can find more relevant information about the company and their field of work at their web page: https://www.wahtong.cn/en/introduce.html?introID=17105
The new building of the company, finished July, 2014
We were able to catch up with Mehmet before he returned to UK. here is what he had to share with us:
IC TEAM: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where do you come from and which university did you graduate?
“My name’s Mehmet, I come from a city called Wolverhampton in England. And I’ve just recently graduated. Actually I came 2 days after my graduation. I finished DeMontford University, with which Internchina is official parthner and provider of graduate oportunities. I studied Business and Management “
IC TEAM:Doing this whole internship with InternChina, moving from the UK to China for 2 months. That’s quite a big decision, what was the reason you wanted to do that?
“Just coming to China was one of the reasons! But basically, having the experience from China, working in a multicultural office gave me great insight into business from an international perspective so it will make me stand a bit better against other graduates. It will stand out on my CV a lot more.”
IC TEAM:So thinking back to England, when you were there how did you learn about the whole process of applying? And how did that go?
“Oh it was from our university. They promoted it, there’s a huge scheme going on called #DMUglobal and they’re advertising all the different internships – which are mainly InternChina. So I applied through them and fortunately it was successful. And then I had the pre-departure meeting with Jamie.”
IC TEAM: Tell us a big about your company. Do you feel there are many skills that you’ve taken away from being here?
“My company was suggested to me, it’s Zhuhai Worldwide Scientific. They deal with waste disposal, such as sensor dustbins and also solar trash compactors. “
“Definitely, it’s been an experience. I’ve dealt with clients on the phone and through emails. I’ve also helped develop the company through market research of trade shows and exhibitions so hopefully that will help them to gain more customers in future and expand geographically – hopefully the business will grow in the future.”
Mehmet during his interview at Zhuhai World Wide Scientific.
IC TEAM:Okay, so tell us a bit about your accommodation please, was it an apartment or a homestay?
“I was in an apartment. I lived on the 21st floor which was beautiful – the view there was perfect at night, you could see all over Gongbei, all over Zhuhai but you could also see over Macao. Below me was a Walmart and next to the Walmart was a row of Chinese restaurants so it was ideally located. There was a gym 5 minutes walk away too.”
IC TEAM: What were your favourite things about Zhuhai in general?
“The weather was one of them. Just in general China, the history, the traditions like the buildings, the culture – all that. It’s just fascinating and good to see, so I’m glad I experienced it.”
IC TEAM: So one of the last questions, for future interns what kind of things do you recommend? What advice can you give them?
“My advice would be, don’t think twice about it. Just do the internship and go to China. If you don’t do it then you’ll live to regret it. If you do come then learn a bit of Chinese beforehand, it will help you. But just do the internship, come to China it’s a great experience.”
Here is also a short video interview with Mehmet. Take a look and tell us what you think!
We had the chance to interview Mehmet’s direct superviser Mr. Liu Ring about his experience with Mehmet durring the internship:
IC TEAM: Which are your companie’s main clients?
“Our clients are mainly from China, we have a couple clients in places like South Africa too but we want to explore more customers overseas in the near future.”
IC TEAM: So what has Mehmet been doing during his internship?
“He has been improving the English version of our website, making our catalogue better and finding similar manufacturers and analysing them. He also has been emailing lots of potential customers in order to introduce our products, as well as searching for trade fairs that we can take part in. Also he has been performing background checks of any company EQs off our website. So, overall, he has mostly been doing research, customer development and translation work.”
IC TEAM: He is your first intern, so how have you found him overall?
“We found him very good to have here. He works very hard and always comes to me asking for more work. “
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