Beryl Li's Testimonial

From: China
Department: International Business Advisory
Office: Guangzhou
Length of internship: April 2017 – July 2017

Q: How was the level of responsibility during your internship?

A: I’ve been given lots of responsibility during my internship compared to previous internships I have completed. The tasks were all very interesting, sometimes challenging, but that made them more fun to complete. Also, once you are given a task, it is all up to you how you wish to finish it, so you have both freedom and responsibility.

 

Q: Did you receive enough training and adequate support to learn effectively?

A: Yes I did. When I started, I received lots of help from my team, both from my manager and the other employees. My manager introduced me to the different ways in which foreign businesses operate in China, and throughout the internship, whenever I was confused what to do next, my questions could always be answered with not only how, but why as well. 

 

Q: What aspect of your internship did you enjoy most?

A: I enjoyed working with a range of interesting and knowledgeable colleagues from diverse backgrounds, resulting in innovative ideas always coming up during our discussions. I also enjoyed attending events, learning about the latest changes in various industries and meeting clients.

 

Q: What was the most rewarding aspect of your internship?

A: The most rewarding aspect of the internship was that I got to put what I learnt from school into practice and gain knowledge that cannot be attained in a classroom. It also feels rewarding working here as you are appreciated by DSA for the work you do.

 

Q: What was the most challenging aspect of your internship?

A: I think the most challenging aspect of the internship was probably talking with clients at events. Although we’re just interns, we also represent the company and I would sometimes get nervous when talking to our potential clients and introducing what the company does to them. But the tension always left me after a few sentences and I would enjoy the conversation with clients

 

Q: What skills did you improve during the internship?

A: My translation and interpretation skills have improved significantly as I needed to translate on many occasions both for documents and in person with our clients. My research skills have also improved from collecting information concerning different industries.

 

Q: How has your experience in DSA helped you with your following career? 

A: My experience at DSA has familiarized me with the business of consulting firms in China. It was my first internship at a consulting firm, and I have learnt a lot about how foreign businesses operate in China. It will be really helpful when I later enter the consulting industry.

 

Q: What piece of advice would you give to somebody thinking of applying for a DSA internship?

A: If you like learning new things and meeting people across the world, DSA is a good choice for you! And it would be best if you speak multiple languages!

 

Q: What do you want to say to Dezan Shira & Associates/ Your previous colleagues? (25th Anniversary)

A: I’ve had a really great time working with you and I will never forget the days we spent together. Thank you for the things you’ve taught me and wish you all every success in life!

 

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