Trisha is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An International Business major at Champlain College, she is studying abroad in Shanghai this semester.
In this week's post, Trisha explains what the Chinese work culture is like and shares 5 important observations from her tech internship at SparkPad in Shanghai.
During my time in Shanghai this past summer, my fellow intern Billy Hughes and I had the chance to experience the Chinese work culture as Software Development interns at the tech corporation SparkPad. SparkPad designs touchscreen interfaces that allow consumers to place orders with restaurant vendors without having to directly interact with wait staff or cashiers. Being a Computer Science minor myself, along with Billy having limited programming experience, we were hopeful to learn a lot more about working in the tech industry from interning with the company. Here are 5 observations and experiences that I encountered during my time in Shanghai.
1. Working and Socializing
At the entrance of SparkPad, a tech company in China, with fellow intern Billy Hughes and co-founder Heikwan.
One of the first stark contrasts we found between the American and Chinese work cultures was the blend present between working and socializing. Back home, it’s a commonly accepted idea that one’s work life and personal life should be kept separate, whereas in China we found that not only is the reverse more common, but that retaining the opposite western ideal was actually frowned upon.