“Im not telling you its going to be easy.Im telling you its going to be worth it.”Art WilliamsQuestion CDescribe a time when you tooka great risk. What was the outcome?Bianca Obert-Sauvagnac
A five months work experience in Shanghaiat SAS FASIA, a Chinese companyimporting French wine.
Why Asia ?30%20%20%30%Curiosity/Will to learn Food Culture Test myself
Weaknesses General risks- Living in a country where I had no family and no connections- Working in a foreign country where most of the population did notspeak English- Communist Party’s monitoring and unstable legal environment- The fact that you will never be accepted as “Chinese”- Human and animal rights are not always respected Health risks- The “occidental” health care system is globally poor and corrupted- A nuclear risk: the Japanese nuclear central explosion few months from my stay- The air pollution- The food safetyExperience’s risks
Strengths- Focus on improving myself in a developing country- Respectful and accessible population- Daily surprises that make everyday exceptional- Interesting food experiences- Urban density- Possibility to live a dual life as both a “local” and “laoi” (foreigner)- Low violent crime rateExperience’s good points
Where Surrounded in redShanghai’s delimitation for expats In gray : Minhang district(new industrial area)- District where I lived and worked inA place where I could live my experienceto the fullest: far enough to the center tolive an “expats” life but close enough tohave a “Chinese-workaholic life”1rst solution: living in Minhang
My exciting job: CRUOVER manager and aid to other projectsCreation of a Business Planfor the CRUOVER Vth generationPromoting new wines (show and website)“Secret des Grands Chefs”
The chance to evolve fast in a companyAs a speakerBusiness dinner Internal company dinner“Ganbei” : a sign of respectCustomer and Coworker’s presentationsTranslation and Q&A
Discovering new traditionsIt is important to have a rankedmilitary figure in a companyPolitical figures arethe n°1 stars in China, held above:International starsPeople with high standingBuddhist monks
What I gained: A life changing experience EvolutionWhen one does not know a countrys codes or have the “right information” andpeople to help, one needs to learn fast, the hard way and adapt quickly. Education and ExperienceDetails of daily life become enlightening and precious source of information.If shown respect, the Chinese population never fails to give a helping hand or a pieceof advice. As long as you have a smile on your face and are willing to learn, you aregiven a chance to prove yourself . NetworkingThe people I met were usually open minded and have lived worldwide. The great andsometimes awful circumstances created a special and unbreakable bond. Empathy and HumilityI had to think beyond my preconceived notions, further my understanding of theChinese culture and learn how to adapt to other viewpoints and workingstyles/methods. Appreciating HomeIt made me aware of my values and the little details I took for granted.
In ONE phraseThis experience proved to myself that I wascapable of many things as long as I was ready to:take initiative, fight for my ideas, adapt andkept an open mind.
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