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Testimonials

 

Reflections by former China Office of Finnish Industries Trainee Program participants.

Trainee testimonial December 15 2023

I am grateful that I was offered the opportunity to work as an Analyst Trainee at the China Office of Finnish Industries for a short but an insightful period.

During the internship my responsibilities included assisting with the assessment and production of information regarding the challenges, opportunities, and developments in the People’s Republic of China. This was done by conducting research on various topics both in English and Chinese and drafting information for China Office’s shareholders. With the guidance of my experienced supervisors, I was able to write a column with the topic of my choosing. The traineeship offered opportunities to learn from the many experts that attended the events organised by the China Office.

This experience has broadened my knowledge on China’s political-economic challenges and deepened my understanding of global affairs and honed my research and writing skills. I am especially grateful for the China Office team’s mentorship and support throughout the traineeship and am happy that I could contribute to the team’s efforts.

Linda Wang

 

Trainee testimonial December 13 2023

I had the incredible privilege to work as an Analyst Trainee at the China Office of Finnish Industries.

During my traineeship I was able to hone my analyst skills with the guidance of China Office’s seasoned experts. My main responsibilities during the traineeship were researching, drafting, and editing reports about developments and political-economic challenges in the People’s Republic of China. I was also able to pursue my own research interests and receive mentoring in that specific area. The traineeship presented me with incredible opportunities to interact and learn from experts in the field as well as provided me with a chance to learn from extremely knowledgeable colleagues.

The traineeship has deepened my understanding of global issues and provided me with tools to further develop my professional skills. I am grateful to have been able to participate in this programme and gain invaluable experience in analyst work.

Adele Kataja

Trainee testimonial October 16 2023

I had the privilege of working at the China Office of Finnish Industries as Analyst Trainee for a brief but immensely enriching period. During my time here, I was entrusted with responsibility of researching the intricate political-economic challenges and trends in the People’s Republic of China. This role has deepened my understanding of global affairs but also honed my research skills. I’m especially thankful for the invaluable guidance and mentorship I received from our senior analysts. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the team and learn from such accomplished individuals.

Lia Peng

Trainee testimonial August 4 2023

I had the great opportunity to participate in the Analyst Trainee program at the China Office of Finnish Industries.

My work consisted of assisting in analysis of political-economic challenges and developments in the People’s Republic of China, by way of drafting text for the weekly newsletter and conducting research on a wide range of topics, such as industry developments, policy changes, and the economy. I also had the opportunity to conduct a research project of my own choosing for the shareholder companies, with guidance by senior employees.

I was able to hone my research and writing skills during my traineeship and got to meet and speak with field-leading experts and company executives, which helped me immensely in developing my professional skills. I had many opportunities and experiences far beyond of what I would have ever expected for a traineeship, and the guidance given by senior employees helped me in creating a career path for the future. The encouragement, advice, and help from my colleagues will be of great help as I go forward, both professionally and personally.

Frans Silander

Trainee testimonial May 31 2023

I had the incredible opportunity to work as an Analyst Trainee with the China Office of Finnish Industries.

My primary responsibilities involved writing drafts and participating in the editing processes of the materials that were sent to the shareholders. This involved monitoring developments of the latest political-economic trends in the People’s Republic of China and evaluating the effects of geopolitical tensions to the business environment. Assisting in the drafting of various briefs and reports helped me hone my writing skills and taught me to deliver complex concepts concisely.

The collaborative nature of the office fostered an environment of constant learning, in which I was encouraged to ask questions, seek guidance, and engage in intellectual discussions with experts in the field.  I had the opportunity to conduct independent research on a topic I chose in consultation with senior employees, and I was provided with access to a level of external expertise I wouldn’t have had on my own.

In conclusion, my traineeship with the China Office of Finnish Industries provided me with an enriching experience in how to approach business-relevant research through active participation in analysis and writing, and the traineeship offered me a unique vantage point at the forefront of policy developments.

Akseli Mäenpää

Data point of the week

510,000

year-on-year increase in number of students taking the Gaokao, high school matriculation exam, to 13.42 million.

(Ministry of Education)