A month has passed, and my internship experience is over too. Looking back the working experience, I learned a lot and benefit from the valuable experience. But I think it is only the beginning of my future work and my dream. There is a long way for me to go and I have a lot of things to learn in the future. It will be full of challenges and unexpected conditions in the work, but I will try my best to overcome the difficulties and complete my job. This kind of determination is just acquired from this experience.
During the month I worked as an assistant in the office. I learned a lot by observing, questioning and doing things. Through a month’s work I got a general idea of the secretary’s work in a company, though I did not do many things. From my perspective, responsibility, good attitude, punctuality are important qualities for an excellent employee. Now I will give a report about my internship. Before the start of the work, we listened to two lectures about translation. The first lecture was given by a woman manager of translation company.
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She set up the company on her own, which is very extraordinary and outstanding. As we know, to set up a company is very hard. She really did a good job, and I quite admire her. The theme of this lecture is how to manage yourself properly. She discussed with us on the quality that need in the work. We came up with many a character like confidence, attitude, appearance and competency etc. She also expressed her opinion on the matter which inspired us a lot. And in the afternoon we were given a lecture on the EST( English for science and technology).
We got a lot of vocabularies about science and technology that we never touched before. Then I prepared to my intern company. After a 24-hour journey on the train, I came to Guangzhou. And I went to Shenzhen where the company lies. I registered in the company and the staff was very nice to me. They gave me greetings on my trip on the train, then arranged a dorm foe me to live. They also gave me a brief introduction on the company. The firm was set up in 2000, and it was expanding gradually. Now it deals with many products including PCB, the major item.
Through its efforts, it has become the supplier of some famous enterprise like Lenovo, Hair, Sumsung, etc. Moreover, the firm employs the ERP management system in order to meet the needs of the advanced management and serve the customer in more quality service. To protect the environment and cater to the ROHS standard of European Union, the fully started the regulation measures against the poisonous matters, which make it a green plant at present. The concept of management in the company is human first, environment friendly, exploit and innovation as well as sustainable development.
The guide line for the production is process regulation, constant improvement pursuit in high quality and to meet the needs of clients. This is part of the corporate culture, which is excellent and beneficial to the development of the company. Maybe this is why the company grows so rapidly. After everything was all right, I began my work. It was the first time that I had been to the office. I was a little excited but nervous because I have no idea of what kind of job I wound take. They showed the office to me and we visited the production line.
Every worker was carefully working and the clerks were performing their duties. Then I got some documents and materials regarding the company, from which I got a general idea of the business line and the kinds of products they deal in. They mainly specialize in electronics products. Some names of the items were completely new to me, so I would ask the employee who was not busy in a humble way. They usually explained it to me patiently. Then I was assigned to pick up the telephone and receive the fax. This is the basic part of the assistant job.
Although it looks like a small and easy task, it’s essential for the green hand like me. When the phone rang, you can’t pick it up immediately or after a long time. It is better to wait it rang twice or third times before you pick it up. First you should say hello and tell him your name. The voice can’t be too loud or too fast so as to you can be understood. During the conversation you should keep smiling even if you can’t be seen by the other. In the end you could not hang up the phone until the other did it. So from the answer of the telephone, I learned many useful things so called the business etiquette.
Also I had learned how to use the fax. I didn’t use it before, so it’s new tome at first. But it is easy to use the machine. I also knew that the fax played an important role in the company. It is a useful tool for exchanging information and sending or receiving documents and letters. The following days I did the same kind of job, and sometimes I helped other staff take documents or copy some materials. The work is repetitive and boring, which made me lose the enthusiasm for the work. But I found that the official staff was doing their work day after day. Can’t they feel humdrum?
I began to realize that it’s the responsibility that enables them to work carefully. Any neglect and mistake may lead to the loss to the company. The job is not only about yourself, it also relates to your boss, even the whole company. Once you are engaged in a job, you must take it seriously. There are not always so many things for me to do, so when I was free I wound find things to do on my own. I think the internship is a good opportunity for the interns to learn some practical things. So we must grasp every chance to improve ourselves. Therefore, I wound not relax myself even if there is nothing for me to do.
Sometimes I quietly stand by other employees to observe their work and asked them some questions now and then. As a green hand, we can learn a lot of things by self study. I also found a supply agreement and tried to translate it. The translation of this agreement is the main job I did. Although we had practiced some business translation in campus, it’s quite different when you get a real piece of material. The agreement is set by two companies and has force adeffect, so it must cover every aspect. Any neglect may attribute to the loss to any companies. This agreement mainly contains fourteen parts.
It contains term of agreement, purchase, price, quality criteria, compliance with laws, delivery and invoicing, inspection and rejection, changes, proprietary rights and confidential information, warranties, indemnification, force majeure, termination as well as generals. Every part has specific rules and specifications. The translation is hard, because business English has its own features like consistency, faithfulness, exactness. During the translation, we must adhere to the three principles, or else it will deviate from its original meanings, especially the date must be expressed clearly.
Take the following sentences for examples: Party B shall deliver the finished products to Party A at —- at the former’s own expense and risk not later than ten days after the end of each calendar quarter,and shall advise Party A by telex,within three days after loading,of the quantity,vessel’s name,port of shipment,date,estimated date of arrival to the destination and other information regarding the shipment. So we can conclude that the exactness is the most important factor in translation. There are still a lot of things for me to learn. The translation is a really long-term subject for us to learn.
In future, I will enhance the practice of translation and improve my levels of translation. In the last week, I went to the talent market with the personnel. They plan to recruit the new employees to supplement vacant positions. The Shenzhen talent market is very big. After we arranged well, the crowds poured in. I never thought of the spectacle like this. So many people were looking for a job. Their complexions are so complicated that you can’t understand. Some people look confident and relaxed while some look worried and anxious. Everyone hopes to find a good job, but not everyone is lucky enough to get one.
Some people came to our stand to ask the basic situations and some was asked to leave their resumes to wait for further notice. Then we get several dozens of resumes all the day. Theses persons’ destinies are unknown and maybe decided by certain people. I really realize the life is not so easy as I always imagined. Then after the selection of the HR, they picked out 10 excellent resumes. They asked me to notify them to come to interview on Monday. Again I began to make telephone calls. But this time it’s different from the before. The people I called are all very polite except one.
To find a job is really difficult. Also I was lucky to attend the interview. I sat nearby to watch the process. In fact the interview began from their entrance. Their dresses and behaviors were considered in some way. The self introduction was necessary. From this part we can clearly know the communication skills. Then a few questions were asked. Some really gave a good answer while some are nervous and did not perform well. From this interview I learned a lot and benefit from it. In future when I look for a job, I will pay attention to this aspect, I think I will perform well and give a good impression.
Before I leave Shenzhen, I also went to the Nanshan technology zone where some famous companies locate like Tencent, huawei. Ltd. Meanwhile, I went to the downtown of Shenzhen city. It’s really a modern and busy city. It’s also very clean. But the stress of competition is fierce, it’s really difficult for a new people to live here. It’s a place that values ability rather your degree. Once you have competency, you will be appreciated by others. I really learned a lot from this internship. This experience also will be helpful to my job searching in future. And I will make my effort to improve myself so as to find a good job next year.