Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund Recipient
“Thanks to my liberal arts background from Bowdoin, I was able to quickly assume various roles in the company and take on an unusually high degree of responsibility for an intern.”
The past few months have been an incredible growth opportunity for me, both as a professional and on a more personal level. With support from the Robert S. Goodfriend grant I was able finance a three-month months stay in Beijing working for an American executive search startup called Red Pagoda Resources. Thanks to my liberal arts background from Bowdoin, I was able to quickly assume various roles in the company and take on an unusually high degree of responsibility for an intern. Throughout the course of my stay I first assumed the role of recruiting associate and later as a product manager. In my first 45 days I focused mainly on recruiting, learning how to identify valuable, intangible qualities in candidates and how to best pick apart a resume. Not two days on the job I was already reaching out to potential candidates, cold calling them in either English or Chinese depending on the position. As a result, I grew comfortable speaking with experienced business professionals both in person and over the phone. By the end of the summer, I alone was meeting candidates for their first round interviews and assumed responsibility of post-interview discussions with C-level client executives.
Being in Beijing meant much of my networking was done speaking Chinese, allowing me a chance to improve my conversational Chinese to a professional proficiency, now able to discuss current technological trends and products in Chinese. With these accomplishments in mind, I realize my experience this summer has gone far beyond my initial expectations. I’ve improved my chinese, met hundred of talented professionals and found my feet as a young professional myself, now equipped with practical HR, marketing, and business interpersonal skills in addition to my awareness of growing startup and venture capital trends in Beijing. Perhaps most valuable of all, I’ve discovered an excitement for solving real world business problems and streamlining processes. This experience has provided me the valuable skill set and confidence as a professional to help me pursue the next pivotal step of my career.
- Date September 1, 2013
- Tags 2013, Asia, Business, Goodfriend, Junior