Today we sat down with our Marketing & Sales Intern Marion Haring to learn more about her and why she came to China.
What are your main responsibilities?
I am a Marketing and sales intern, so in marketing I’m responsible for social media, trying to increase the audience and updating. Also, I write blogposts and build strategies for our social media channels, trying to find new leads and customers. And for sales I’m helping the sales team with whatever they might need help with, for example finding prospects or do market research. And whenever someone in the office needs help I’m there to give a hand!
How would you describe Swedbrand with 3 words?
What do you like the most about the company?
The people. This was my first “real” office job and during my internship I’ve learned about myself and how to create good relationships at work. Because if you don’t feel welcome and at home it will be so hard to like it, but for me I always come to work smiling because I love the environment and the people I work with at Swedbrand.
I also love that you as an intern are very free. The supervisors really trust you and your abilities, and you can work very independently. You are always welcome to bring new ideas and ask questions and you can be creative!
How would you describe this internship, with your previous expectations?
I didn’t have any expectations before I started. I came to China during a gap in my studies and when I arrived in September I didn’t really know what to do, except that I wanted more experiences. So, I applied for this internship at Swedbrand and during my interview I had a really good feeling about the internship and the environment. I really wanted to find out more and to learn about myself. Today I really feel that I grew up during my time here and I’ve learnt a lot!
Would you recommend anyone else to come to China for an internship?
Yes, even if you don’t speak Chinese it’s an amazing experience. Not only because studying or working in china looks good on your CV, but if you want to widen your limits and possibilities China or Asia is the perfect place. You learn so much! But I would say, If it’s your first time in China don’t have any expectations. Accept it for what it is, enjoy the experience, and don’t judge!
Where are you from originally and what do you miss from your home?
I was born in the south of France, so half of my family are from there while the rest is from the north. I’m living in Paris, but I don’t really feel it as my home. I have my close family there, but I prefer the south where my grandparents live. I love the food in the south, the warm weather and the special accent when they speak. I’m looking forward to be back home, have my coffee on the terrace, eat a croissant and read the newspaper. But of course, I miss Paris as well.
What do you do in your free time?
I have been studying a lot of Chinese, since I’ve been doing my HSK exams. But other than that, I love watching movies, play my ukulele and write. Also, basic stuff like hanging out with friends and going out for drinks.
When did you first move to China, and why?
I came to China for the second-time last year for an exchange to finish my bachelor degree and really enjoyed it. After I took my bachelor degree back home I didn’t really know what to do but I knew I wanted to travel. I then realized I could come to Shanghai and take Chinese classes and in the meantime, figure out what I wanted for my future.
During my time here I realized I could enjoy working in an office, because I didn’t have very good experiences with office environments and jobs from before. My plan now is to finish my master and take life as it comes, we will see what happens!
Where have you been traveling to during your time in China?
I’ve been to a lot of places in China, and in Asia I’ve been to Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
Which one is your favorite?
I went to Vietnam last year backpacking from the south to the north, and I loved that way of travelling. Just living on a train and really appreciating the moment. In Cambodia, I was completely alone and I loved that too. And for Thailand I went together with my boyfriend, and we lived alone on an island for 10 days. But out of these my favorite must be Vietnam.
Do you have a future plan or goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love the be in Southeast Asia and finding a way to help with plastic pollution. It’s a subject I started exploring during my Internship here at Swedbrand and I find it so interesting. When I was in Cambodia I could see how plastic was destroying the environment, and it’s horrible. I’m hoping I could run a project to help with this issue. Maybe in 5 years I’ll also have my soulmate, traveling around and enjoying my life.
How have coming to China and doing this Internship helped you as a person?
My friends back home have their lives figured out already. They have a plan and a destiny. And I have always felt so lost and bored. So, coming to China and having this Internship helped so much. I’ve meet people who helped me realize that it’s ok to not have everything figured out yet. So, this experience really helped me grow up in so many ways.
Do you have any hidden skill?
I can play the Ukulele and ride horses!