Date of Birth: 22/05/1989
Degree Program: Grande école program Master in corporate financial management
University: HEC Paris
Previous Internships: Credit analyst intern in Shanghai Zendai Property Co., Ltd; Brokerage Business Support Intern in China Securities Co., Ltd.
Interests: Yoga and cooking
Student Challenger since: December 2016

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?

I graduated from Tsinghua University majoring in Chinese Language and Literature, and then obtained my master’s degree in higher education. My internship as a credit analyst first connected me with the business world and inspired me to go to HEC Paris for professional business studies. I am now in my last year study focusing on corporate financial management and will graduate by June 2017.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?

In my first-year study at HEC Paris, I joined a strategy project competition held by Air France, won the first place and the Air France corporate scholarship.
During the gap year, I first did a 4-month internship in the brokerage division in the China securities company, then a 2-month part-time job in a Hong Kong based private equity firm. After that I came to Bertelsmann and interned in the Growth regions department from June to August.
In addition, I have achieved the Chinese CPA certificate and am now also awarded scholarship to join the CMA program, which I believe would lay a solid foundation for my future career.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?

First, I was attracted by the internship position at Growth regions. When I applied online, I read the job descriptions, which were about projects in the areas of Group strategy and corporate investments focusing on emerging markets.  I had great interest in this field and I thought that based on my previous knowledge and experience, I could add values, especially to those projects focusing on China.
Secondly, I was also attracted by the company. Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries globally. Given its well-diversified business and global reach, I believe this internship would grant me an invaluable chance to sharpen my skills and gain hands-on experience.
Hence my interests in the projects targeting at Chinese market and the learning opportunities attracted me to Bertelsmann and they are exactly my favorite aspects.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
My most challenging/rewarding/exciting task was evaluating investment opportunities in the growth regions, pursuing strategic development for the group’s business activities in China, India and Brazil. This gave me a great opportunity to learn many new and exciting business models. At the same time, it was also very challenging, since the risks are high for new businesses and we couldn’t jump into them blindly. Instead we needed to calculate the risks and rewards carefully, which required sophisticated evaluation techniques and experience.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?

The required qualities vary a lot from position to position, but I understand there are some common elements:
1.    Open-minded
Aiming to achieve a faster-growing, more digital and more international group portfolio, Bertelsmann has four strategic priorities: strengthening the core businesses, driving the digital transformation forward, developing growth platforms, and expanding into growth regions. In order to achieve these, employees must stay open to new things, jump out of the box to find insights to discover growth opportunities.
2.    Ability to learn.
Media services industry is evolving unceasingly. A good saying is that “changing is the only thing that doesn’t change”. Hence, only with a strong learning ability can one adapt to the changes and grasp opportunities from them.
3.    Team player
Most projects are conducted in teams, therefore, team spirits and an easy-going personality are essential.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?

There were some daily routines such as communicating with my supervisors every morning to schedule my work and set priorities more efficiently and having lunch together with colleagues to know more about the people and culture of Bertelsmann.
But concerning detailed work, I think there was no typical day, because every task was specific and unique.  

What are your professional goals? Any others?

I’d like to work in Germany after graduation from HEC Paris next year. Hopefully, I could work in an international company within a position focusing on financial management or strategy development.
Then I hope I could make the most of the opportunity within this position, to explore my potentials, develop new skills and knowledge, grow both professionally and personally, and at the same time, contribute as much as possible to the company’s expansion and success.

If you have one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?

If I have to conclude Bertelsmann in only one word, I’d like to say Entrepreneurial.
Bertelsmann is very International and decentralized. Subsidiaries have a high level of autonomy, but at the same time all align with the overall corporate strategies. It’s a place where employees take responsibility and their contributions are valued. All the colleagues I have met are truly passionate about what they are doing, energized by dealing with challenges and are willing to push themselves to achieve the corporate goals.