Internship in Asia – Apply for an e-commerce Trainee Program in China
e-ville.com is looking for open minded people with willingness to learn new things and think creatively. If you are interested in a great opportunity to learn about e-commerce and China, come and join our team in Shenzhen. Read here a blog post about Tuomo and Opri who both started as a trainee, but quickly gained more and more responsibilities in e-ville’s young and talented team.
Please send your application + CV if you are interested in an internship with a group of easy going people and challenging tasks in one of Asia’s largest economic centers. [email protected]
Tuomo’s path from intern to Sales and Marketing Manager
I initially came to Hong Kong to do an exchange study period at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I extended the initial 4 months of studies to 9 months and eventually wanted to do also my practical training in Hong Kong. I had earlier met Ville Majanen, the founder of e-ville, and had discussed of a possibility to do freelance work for the online store. Eventually we agreed that I would work at e-ville’s Hong Kong office as an intern. This was back in 2009 and I haven’t looked back.
After my internship, I worked as a freelancer for a short period on product descriptions and product questions. After finishing some parts of my degree in Finland, I moved back to Hong Kong to work on my thesis abroad and at the same time working in customer service and marketing at e-ville. I slowly grew my responsibilities in marketing until I was officially promoted to the Marketing manager of the online store that had back then 12 or so employees. As daily deal sales were showing big promise as a new channel for the company, I ended up taking up the responsibility of growing the sales through partners and wound up working with sales managers, editors and directors of companies such as Groupon, Livingsocial and nCrowd. At best I was communicating with sales personnel from 17 different countries from all across Europe, Asia and even Middle East and North America. I have since then worked as the Sales and Marketing Manager at the company with a wide array of responsibilities ranging from sales to conversion optimization and shop design.
You can not just be a social media marketer or a purchaser, but instead although your title is Sales and Marketing Manager, you are in fact working in sourcing, content creation, marketing, customer service, budgeting, management, accounting, sales, web development, conversion rate optimization and usability testing to name a few.
The most rewarding thing about working for an online store is that everything can be measured and this in turn enables you to see the effect of your work almost instantaneously. If I change something today, I can likely see an effect tomorrow and it gives a whole new feeling of achievement at work. I have always been interested in behavioural models and causal relationships and this is something I get to do daily at work. The most challenging part of the work comes from the relatively small size of the company. As we are only 20 or so people and there is a seemingly infinite amount of work to be done, everyone has to adapt many hats as we say and work in a multitude of positions. You can not just be a social media marketer or a purchaser, but instead although your title is Sales and Marketing Manager, you are in fact working in sourcing, content creation, marketing, customer service, budgeting, management, accounting, sales, web development, conversion rate optimization and usability testing to name a few. This can be challenging as you constantly need to prioritize your work to get as many important things done as possible and occasionally the days can be long.
A funny memory you say? I remember at some point when we had to move office in Hong Kong. We had fairly limited time to move and wanted to still touch up the look of the new space we had leased, but the renovators were asking for outrageous sums of money for a bit of paint and brushing up. Eventually me, an intern and our Enterprise Architect Olli and Managing Director Ville decided to do the work ourselves so we spent the afternoon instead of working on the shop, just painting the new office, which was a fresh change to the daily busy work.
Internship in China at e-ville offers you a very wholesome perspective on e-commerce so if you are interested in internet marketing,online stores or China sourcing, it will surely offer you loads of new experiences.
China is a vibrant country with endless opportunities for those who seek them. People work hard and it converts to a strong economy with low unemployment so China is definitely a great place to build a career. Internship in China at e-ville offers you a very wholesome perspective on e-commerce so if you are interested in internet marketing, online stores or China sourcing, it will surely offer you loads of new experiences. Some of our previous interns are currently working at e.g. Amazon and other large e-commerce websites or e-commerce related companies.
Opri took the chance and is now in charge of e-ville’s HR and Finance
I’m last year international business student from Finland, so in final phrase to complete my studies. Thesis is still in process, but hopefully I’m able to graduate latest end of this year. I’ve been living in UK couple of times in past years, and been traveling in Europe quite a lot. I wanted to complete my studies in London and have internship also in there. For some reason Universe had different plans for me, and when I saw e-ville’s open position for marketing assistant in Unis website, and I decided to apply. My mindset for things are often ’let’s do it and think about the consequences later on’. So, that was exactly what I thought in Shenzhen airport. There I was in China, which was completely different from England and Finland. I’m so happy I took the chance and saw life in other side of the world, in different setting and culture. Asia is a great place to be, and I highly recommend anyone to try it, just to see how different life can be from Western cultures. It is eye opening experience.
At the moment I’m mostly working in finance, HR and of course in this kind of company with products too.
I started as a marketing assistant in June 2014. End of that summer when we had new interns coming I got the responsibility to supervise and coach new interns to customer service. Same time I also did big project with our previous product manager and we went thorough all of the products and categories. At this time I thought I would go back to Finland in January, but there were changes happening in the organization and therefore I was moved to my new position in the company. At the moment I’m mostly working in finance, HR and of course in this kind of company with products too.
Because we’re working in small firm it means that there is a lot of things you can have effect on, but in other hand there is bigger responsibility. I think this is one of the biggest challenges in here, but at the same time one of the reasons why I like to work in here. Of course when there is a multicultural team, it means that there is different kind of ways to do things, and because my Mandarin in nowhere near fluent it creates some difficulties with communication. Open mind and willingness to co-operate with everyone is one of the most effective way to solve communication problems. I personally like to see people succeed in their work, so when someone is doing their best it warms my HR heart. Furthermore I’m all the way team player, so when I see that team is working well together it will boost my energy levels.
It is really relaxed atmosphere and you make friends with everyone quite easily. So, it is most of the time fun just to be around in office.
There is so many things that has happened in past year it is hard to find one thing that would top of all. It is always nice to go out with whole team for bowling, dinner or after works. It is really relaxed atmosphere and you make friends with everyone quite easily. So, it is most of the time fun just to be around in office.
Culture is really different, and as for someone who is interested to learn about other places and loves traveling Shenzhen is great place to be.
China has one of the biggest growing middl e class, which means that there is a lot future potential in business wise. Culture is really different, and as for someone who is interested to learn about other places and loves traveling Shenzhen is great place to be. It is close to Hong Kong so traveling to anywhere in the world is easy and of course both of the cities are worth to visit. e-ville is a good opportunity to learn about e-commerce and also have hands on experience in it. It is good experience for someone who is willing to do something else than coffee for internship.
Please send your application + CV to: [email protected]
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