Living for a Year in Shanghai
About Dawn       Hi! My name is Dawn.       I got to Shanghai through a school program called NOC by the National       Un...
A Snapshot of my life in Shanghai                                                 POC                                     ...
A Snapshot of my life in Shanghai                                                                                  POC    ...
Effusion ShanghaiDesign Agency started by SingaporeanThe first company I interned with was Effusion. My boss Jack arrived ...
Trader Analytics CorpPlay a game to learn and get hiredThe second company I interned with was Trader Analytics Corp. Trade...
My Key Takeaway	           I was responsiblefor how my life was going to turn out.                  i.e.: stop expecting t...
You can’t always get what you want.
But when you try sometimes,       you’ll find…
Team came in first in Startup Weekend,                                                Sharing             totally did not ...
What changedI’m rethinking the idea of school.School is a great place to learn but doing well in school doesn’t mean you’r...
What hasn’t changed I still like Tiongs I think one of the most important things about being in China is open-mindedness -...
How living in China made adifferenceYou realize there’s such a thing called BullshitThere are a thousand cock and bull sto...
The benefits of ShanghaienvironmentMeet both Chinese and English speakingThe city has a fine balance of international folk...
What I’ll rememberProject “Startup Thy Neighborhood”A friend and I were intrigued by the amount of street vendors in Shang...
What I’ll missJaywalking                                       TravellingThis life endangering sport is competitive and   ...
Words of Advice•    Stay grounded but live on the edge•    “If you find yourself home before 10,     something is wrong” (...
ConclusionTake a year off schooland go.If you look at the whole picture, a year off school mightnot be that high an opport...
Special Thanks•    Prof Teo and Prof Kau•    My really inspiring, intelligent and nice bosses•    My batchmates
Questions/comments     Feel free to email    me@dawnyimin.com      DAWNYIMIN.COM
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Hi! My name is Dawn.

I got to Shanghai through a school program called NOC by the National University of Singapore. People in our program intern at a startup company and also take classes at Fudan for a year.

This slideshow is adapted from a sharing we did among ourselves. My year in Shanghai let me grow a lot. I hope sharing gives students who want to head to Shanghai a little more insight into the whole experience :-)

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Living for a year in Shanghai

  1. 1. Living for a Year in Shanghai
  2. 2. About Dawn Hi! My name is Dawn. I got to Shanghai through a school program called NOC by the National University of Singapore. People in our program intern at a startup company and also take classes at Fudan for a year. This slideshow is adapted from a sharing we did among ourselves. My year in Shanghai let me grow a lot. I hope sharing gives students who want to head to Shanghai a little more insight into the whole experience :-)
  3. 3. A Snapshot of my life in Shanghai POC KY ROOM 8 5 C   SHANGHAI TRADER YOUNG A N A LY T I C S BAKERS CORP STAR B U C K S   START U P/ TECH EVENTS J O G   FUDAN UNI D A N C E   EFFUSION SHANGHAI CONNECT C H I L L   MENTORING EXPLOR INTERN E ET
  4. 4. A Snapshot of my life in Shanghai POC KY ROOM 8 5 C   Finance games and platform for youngInteresting social people to improveenterprise I got to skills and get hiredknow through a SHANGHAI TRADERfriend YOUNG A N A LY T I C S BAKERS CORP STAR B U C K S   START U P/ TECH EVENTS J O G   FUDAN UNI D A N C E   EFFUSION SHANGHAI CONNECT C H I L L   MENTORING Design and advertising agency EXPLOR Mentorship program connecting INTERN ET E Singaporean professionals and students in Shanghai that I started
  5. 5. Effusion ShanghaiDesign Agency started by SingaporeanThe first company I interned with was Effusion. My boss Jack arrived in Shanghai in six years back with only asuitcase and started his own company. He saw that China was where there was opportunity, and left the 4A agency hewas working at.Client servicingJack and I met a lot of interesting clients and suppliers. For new referrals, we always began by introducing ourportfolio to the client. For specific projects, we were consulted on design which we eventually carried out. Theoccasions when I was asked to meet the client independently was where I learnt and understood professionalism andcompany representation.Project ManagementEffusion also handled events. These events had practical aspects that included the details of measuring the size of afunction room, ensuring that the backdrop would not fall over halfway through the event. Most importantly, was thecoordination work involved in liaising with the client, the hotels, the suppliers.
  6. 6. Trader Analytics CorpPlay a game to learn and get hiredThe second company I interned with was Trader Analytics Corp. Trader Analytics’ games taught students interested infinance skills to become a top Wall Street trader. The flagship product UltraTradr is available in public beta right hereMarketing CoordinationUnder marketing, I managed the company’s social media sites and newsletters. I also looked for new competitors,direct competitors, organized user testing sessions at Fudan University and set up meetings and interviews with thepeople I met at events I attended.Independent workingBecause the founders were moving around the world and spent a significant amount of time in New York and HongKong, I had to work independently. I worked a lot from cafes and the hardest part was surprisingly the large amount oftime I spent alone. It was here that I decided I had to take an active approach to maximizing the time I spent inShanghai.
  7. 7. My Key Takeaway   I was responsiblefor how my life was going to turn out. i.e.: stop expecting things to happen, stop blaming others, start taking charge  
  8. 8. You can’t always get what you want.
  9. 9. But when you try sometimes, you’ll find…
  10. 10. Team came in first in Startup Weekend, Sharing totally did not expect   session by a mentor   CONNECT MENTORSHIP PROG STARTUP WEEKEND SHANGHAITSINGHUA TRAINING PROGRAM SYB @ HOF
  11. 11. What changedI’m rethinking the idea of school.School is a great place to learn but doing well in school doesn’t mean you’re going to do well in life. If you thoughtgetting straight As helped you get a super job then throw that away – polishing that stepping stone should not be thegoal. And to some extent, school seems just a place for people who don’t yet know what they want in life.I’ve come to believe in fate.Because I was working out of cafes alone, I became really grateful and thankful for the people around me that I metand enjoyed hanging out with. I was more than willing to spend time with people that made me happy more thanpeople who were going to be useful to me. I saw the importance of friendship as a foundation.I joined the 21st Century.I got access to a smartphone. (Yes, I’m late.) That’s extremely important because I get to read news on the move plusall the useful applications like Mobile RSS and Evernote.
  12. 12. What hasn’t changed I still like Tiongs I think one of the most important things about being in China is open-mindedness -- receptivity to what we see. There is some degree of prejudice towards Mainlanders but remember that Chinese society is heterogeneous and there are many different types and groups of people. (Btw Tiong is the affectionate Hokkien name for people from China and I am deeply apologetic for my inability to put down in words the allure and fascination I have for Tiongs.)
  13. 13. How living in China made adifferenceYou realize there’s such a thing called BullshitThere are a thousand cock and bull stories of being unable to turn up due to peak hour traffic at 12pm, a terrible cold,“this is the industrial standard”. You realize also that people working under a company’s name can tell you they couldwork freelance for a lower rate.You begin to question what you seeSlowly you begin to find beggars on the street commonplace, using also the same tactic of walking up and down theMRT trains with a kid or a blind husband. You realize they actually do earn enough to live by. Think $1x1.34bil people(ok exaggeration but you get the point).You see perfect competitionThe streets of China are filled with non-legal vendors selling street food, cups, clothes… You get intrigued by the highlevel of “entrepreneurship”, or alternatively, just become very aware of low barriers to entry.
  14. 14. The benefits of ShanghaienvironmentMeet both Chinese and English speakingThe city has a fine balance of international folks and Chinese-ness. There are a lot of laowais, returning Chinese,non-Shanghainese Chinese all of whom are great to learn from, converse with and hang out with.Get to eat good food at good pricesI think I’ve eaten the best western food in Shanghai, plus the best Xinjiang food, hotpot… Shanghai is also home tothe best bars and clubs with reference to the price.
  15. 15. What I’ll rememberProject “Startup Thy Neighborhood”A friend and I were intrigued by the amount of street vendors in Shanghai and decided we had to set up a roadsidestall ourselves in order to “stand in their shoes”. We paired yogurt and banana together and sold it as a healthy snack.You cannot imagine the number of times we shifted our store and got cracked down by regulators! Real customers!
  16. 16. What I’ll missJaywalking TravellingThis life endangering sport is competitive and We covered places like Inner Mongolia, Yunnan andexhiliarating, nuff said. Guilin which were eye opening and a lot of fun. Fun meaning getting my foot run over by a cabbie, getting shipped to an airport hotel because the airport was closed, seeing laundry freeze overnight.
  17. 17. Words of Advice•  Stay grounded but live on the edge•  “If you find yourself home before 10, something is wrong” (Joel Leong Yong Siang, 2011)•  +1 principle
  18. 18. ConclusionTake a year off schooland go.If you look at the whole picture, a year off school mightnot be that high an opportunity cost compared to whatyou learn and can achieve in your coming years.
  19. 19. Special Thanks•  Prof Teo and Prof Kau•  My really inspiring, intelligent and nice bosses•  My batchmates
  20. 20. Questions/comments Feel free to email me@dawnyimin.com DAWNYIMIN.COM
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