Continuing our International Business learning series, we’ll now focus on China. The world’s second largest economy is central to so much in the global business world and the potential opportunities seem endless here. We want to help you learn more about this great country, whether you want to work there, work with Chinese companies, take advantage of their vast market, or just want to know more about their economy and culture.
Because we live in such a global world, we provide learning pages for many of the major countries in the world. This gives you tangible knowledge and skills that you can apply to your professional and personal lives.
Here’s what you’ll find in this Learning Page (click to skip to this section)…
I. Introduction – As you’re reading now, we’ll overview China and discuss why to learn about this country
II. The China Learning Page – We’ll discuss all the topics and sources you’ll want to learn regarding China (about the country, international business topics, and resources to interact with the country)
III. International Business Career Services – Since our learning page is outcome driven, we want to help you delve into an international business career direction
So flip the tab, discover the outcomes you can expect from gaining this skill, how to best learn it, and then get started in enhancing your learning and career!
Reverse Tide’s China Learning Page is outcome focused. This is where we’re unique… the topics of study, the sources, and the emphasis on quickly getting real experience are designed to give you real skills and allow you to more easily find work involving China. Here are just a few of the many ways to use your learning here…
The Learning Page you see in Section II of this page is designed to teach you all about China, with a slant toward international business involving the country. Our learning aims to be as comprehensive and efficient as possible, while maintaining a low cost. There are so many ways to learn about China and we hope to get you started so you can interact more with the country and deepen your knowledge/experience there.
So here’s how we structure the learning page…
1 – Learn Basic China Knowledge. China has a very unique culture and one that is very different from the English speaking world. We want to help you learn about China’s history, culture, economy, political system, and language so you’re ready to interact with the country in whatever way you seek.
2 – Go There! In any of our country specific learning pages, we want to encourage you to visit and experience it first-hand. We’ll help with resources to make that happen.
3 – Specialize. We want to help if China interests you on a career level, where you want to work inside the country or work with companies, the government, or people there. We will help with some of the resources to build a career there, while also focusing on the skills and experience that would be a pre-requisite to getting started.
In Section II, we’ll get into the meat of Reverse Tide’s Learning Page and then later on, we’ll give you all the resources you need to be successful in an international business type career. So let’s do it!
Reverse Tide is the internet’s leader in providing comprehensive learning on the modern economy’s most important professional skills. Unlike traditional universities, training programs, and other formal learning programs, we focus on five core goals…
1 – Topical. We only focus on the skills most important to today’s modern economy. If the economy changes, we change (although we predict where things are headed in advance).
2 – Comprehensive. We cover the totality of subjects needed to become job-ready.
3 – Efficient. We don’t waste time or resources on meaningless material. We tell you why you should learn each subject in the path toward proficiency.
4 – Affordable. Each learning curriculum costs under $1,000 for both education and career services. However, the idea is this is an investment that pays for itself through career enhancement.
5 – Career Enhancing. We focus on the skills and practices that get you hired into well-paying jobs. No fluff, administration, fancy degrees/certificates. Just great education and even better career services.
Nope we’re not traditional and that’s our great strength! If you want to hang a diploma on the wall or have letters next to your name, best to go elsewhere. If you want to learn about China and International Business, while giving yourself the best chance at a great job, you’re in the right place. Welcome to Reverse Tide Learning.
Let’s get started. On the left, each tab represents a subject. Each one will have the learning materials we suggest are best to learn that subject. The idea is that by learning each of these subjects well, you’ll be well positioned to start getting whatever experience you seek.
You have two choices. You can learn each of these subjects or skip around based on your own unique goals. We suggest doing them all, as it will help you be well-rounded and versatile, which is very important in any professional function. Here we go…
Introduction… A country’s history almost always seems to shape what they are today. China’s history is extremely interesting and has a substantial impact on who they are as a country culturally, politically, and economically. For English speakers, Chinese history is underrepresented in our history curriculums and unjustifiably, as it has historically been among the great world civilizations.
We think it’s really important to study Chinese history prior to going into a deeper relationship with the country. The Chinese have a lot of pride in their history and it provides so much context for many of their modern customs.
Here are our favorite sources to get a comprehensive, yet efficient view into Chinese history…
Introduction… To the English speaking world, China has a very unique culture and requires a lot of advance understanding before trying to navigate the country in any professional sense. Culture is integral to being successful in marketing, negotiation, and forging relationships with any business stakeholders. And beyond economic motivations for learning Chinese culture, it’s extremely interesting and carries a lot of personal reward as well.
There’s no substitute for getting out and experiencing it yourself, as we’ll get to later in our Learning Page. However, to avoid any culture shock and make yourself comfortable before jumping straight in, here are some good resources to introduce you to Chinese culture…
Introduction… For much of history, China had the largest economy in the world. They have recently re-emerged and are now second largest by GDP. The Chinese economy is extremely diverse but has a lot of distinct characteristics at this stage of time. Because of its complexity, you could study this subject for years and still have much to learn.
However, we’ll take our best shot and get you acclimated to an economy that has an unbelievable number of great opportunities. Here is a great source for that learning…
Introduction… China is governed under a single party (The Communist Party) but has opened up so much in recent years that it hardly resembles the Communist ideologies of old. However, the government is a huge player in defining modern China and is something you have to understand if you’re to navigate China professionally.
This is not a place to generate opinion on their politics but to focus more on the facts of their political structure and how a business and/or individual would interact with the various layers of Chinese government…
Introduction… To say that China’s geography plays a large role in its society is a massive understatement. With the world’s largest population and fourth largest area size, it defines China. Within the population and country, there are many cultures, languages, economic strengths and challenges, and resource riches and constraints. Having a good appreciation for China’s geography (much more than locating it on a map) is extremely important to understand such a complex nation.
Here is the source we suggest to better understand China’s geography…
Introduction… Because China is such a larger country with many historical ethnic groups, there are a lot of local languages spoken in its various regions. However, the most widely spoken is Mandarin Chinese, which more than half speak. As a foreigner, this would be the language you’d choose unless you had aspirations toward a specific region.
In Reverse Tide’s International Business series, we take learning languages really seriously. It helps so much to be able to communicate effectively. While English may afford you certain business opportunities, you’d be significantly limiting yourself and would likely struggle in living locally. Thus we suggest learning Mandarin.
Learning languages is a difficult long-term investment but the payoff makes it a worthy endeavor. We have a strong stance on the best methods for learning languages, which applies to Mandarin or any other. It makes it affordable and efficient.
Here is how we suggest doing it…
Introduction… Probably the best way to learn about China is to study current affairs. For a country of this size, just reading their daily news or seeing experts comment on China’s economy, corporations, politics, and culture is plenty insightful. Having the background gives these topics the context it requires. But these are the sources you can bookmark and read regularly.
Here are our favorites in terms of quality and coverage…
Now that we’ve studied China in-depth, it’s time to take a step back and ensure you’re well versed in the fundamentals of international business. It’s not easy for a foreigner to enter a country and set up a business. There are trade laws and local regulations to be aware of. You are dealing with a different culture and a very different market. So even if you’re a China expert, you still need to be cognizant of how to be successful in business.
These are generic international business sources but they can help no matter what country you go to. If you’re already experienced in International Business, feel free to skip this. However, if you want to improve your international business fundamentals, we’re here to help…
Introduction… It’s not so simple as making a decision to move to a new country and set up a business (or expand an existing on to that country). International trade laws and processes have huge implications on the capability to sell good/services overseas. This is the place to start for those seeking business expansion to international markets…
Introduction… At some stage, you will start investigating international expansion in more depth. You’ll want to know how to start the process, what factors to research in deciding where to go, and the main strategic/operational considerations for launching an overseas business expansion.
Because this is a very complex topic and such strategic considerations will be a large factor in either succeeding or failing, we cover this topic over three sources. Here are the ones we like…
Introduction… Marketing in your home country is difficult enough and yet you already know the language, culture, and are already a consumer yourself. Now take all those marketing challenges and add the complexity of an entirely different market. You may not know what channels are popular there. You’ll have to hire local staff to help with the language skills. You’re probably less familiar with competitors. So we want to get you a bit of help.
Selling abroad should be a no-brainer for any business. There are so many accessible customers if you simply make the commitment to expand your thinking. However, nobody is going to be capable of giving you a recipe for instant international marketing success. You will need to put the work into it. We can start with sources that help you think on a more global level with considerations, best practices, and case studies…
Introduction… The last step in International Business is figuring out the financial details of your international expansion. This is a very complex topic and likely something you want to defer to banks, financiers, tax experts, and attorneys. However, obtaining a basic knowledge will help you understand what you should be investigating relative to this topic.
A lot of companies expand internationally exclusively for the financial or tax benefits. Others are sunk by not giving this adequate planning. So while this may be dry and unexciting, it’s crucial for people to learn. Here are our favorite generic sources to get started…
The content in the last section was good for everyone to understand but is most relevant to people expanding their businesses overseas. This section is most relevant toward people looking to live and work in China. It is certainly very possible to achieve this but it requires a bit of work. Among the things you’ll have to do:
There are plenty of hybrid options including working for a Chinese employer from overseas or doing business in the Chinese market. We’re here to give you resources for all these options. Let’s explore!
There are many ways to get Chinese experience without truly working in China. One way is to apply for a full-time job through your normal local job boards and type ‘China’ or ‘Chinese’ into the search. Working for a Chinese firm gives you valuable experience and potentially a network to bridge that career path into China.
Another good way is through freelancing. Try to think about what would be attractive to a Chinese employer. They obviously want language skills. They want skills that are harder to find at home like global strategy, innovation, and tech skills. Likewise, having experience within prominent companies in their industry is valuable to any foreign company.
So how do you get started in freelancing? We have an entire Freelance Microsite dedicated to this topic. Start with our article (linked below) and then head over there for more great freelance resources. Look for Chinese employers, Chinese language or market projects, or the skills that would be desirable by Chinese firms. And build up your resume from there.
Here’s the link to our introductory article:
One way of getting to China professionally is to get a job directly at a Chinese firm. You can go on the job boards or use a recruiting service to connect with overseas employers.
It’s often a bit tricky to apply to firms from an international location unless you’re a really special candidate. It would be a huge investment for them to interview you and relocate you, and is thus unlikely before you’ve committed to even traveling there. So either become that special candidate or think about applying from a more attractive position (like working for a Chinese company remotely, starting as an English teacher in China, or traveling there and scheduling interviews while on the ground).
Once you’ve done these things, it’s time to look for a job. Here are some of the job boards and sites to help you do this:
Introduction… As we said in the last tab, one of the best ways to start your career in China (or just to experience living there) is to teach English. You’ll need to fulfill your teaching contract but by the time it’s over, you can obtain fluency in the language, establish a network, and apply for a more advanced job.
The good news is that there’s a huge demand for native born English speakers in China. And it actually pays quite well because of that demand. So as long as you meet the requirements, this is a very easy way to go live/work there.
We’ve attached some resources to help you get your TEFL (English teacher certification) and to locate the good teaching jobs…
China is a lot more strict on issuing visas, whether for travel or work, than many countries. While plenty of people end up visiting and working, we want to help link you to the right resources for this…
Whether you’re traveling through China or moving there, it can be intimidating. However, there are some great guides and resources that make the journey infinitely easier. Here are a few of our favorites…
For general travel guides, TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet are go-to English guides. However, don’t neglect Chinese apps like Dianping (restaurant reviews) or WeChat (communication, delivery, payments, transportation).
There are many great travel blogs that give you advice and perspective on China life. Our favorites are Lost Laowai, China Mike, Welcome to China, WildChina, Travel China Guide, and Travel Cathay. However, there are many more so be sure to focus on blogs for whatever subject interests you (culture, expat life, business, etc).
Now comes the fun part. Learning a career skill like international business isn’t done for fun or for your health… it’s done to benefit your career!
So we are offering something you can’t find anywhere else on the internet. We’re offering something that universities are doing a very poor job of these days and formal training programs most certainly don’t do.
We’re providing Career Services specific to International Business. The objective is to get you a job! Whether you’re working with overseas companies or aspiring to work for them abroad, we’re here for you.
We do it all! This section provides tons of resources to help you accomplish your specific career goals and specific international business!
Now that you’ve improved your international business skills, it’s time to focus on how to apply them in the professional world. Reverse Tide’s Career Services rival anyone’s. We can help you with so much (resumes, portfolios, freelancing sales, and anything you need).
The first thing we offer, however, is a custom career guide for International Business. In this guide, you’ll find specific tips on getting a job with the skills you’ve learned in our learning path (or any other credentials you had prior). We’ll cover…
This guide is one of a kind… we don’t know of anyone else providing such specific advice! And best of all, it’s super cheap!
For more information or to sign up, check out our page:
We’ve assembled a guide that helps create the best resume among your peers. It uses the most modern, creative, and eye-catching ways of writing your qualifications and impressing employers.
With this guide, you get the following benefits…
For more information and to sign up, visit our Building a Top Resume Guide Page
Our guide is intended to help you with writing the most effective cover letter of your life. We want it to be attention-getting, persuasive, and converting (just like a good advertisement!). So here’s how we’ll do it…
For more information and to sign up, check out our page Writing Amazing Cover Letters Guide
If you want an international job, you should be familiar with the idea of a professional portfolio. You want to show employers how you can earn them revenue and instances of doing that in the past. After all, that’s what every business does so why wouldn’t you do the same?
In this guide, we’ll teach you about what the best professional portfolios look like. This way you can demonstrate and prove your qualifications rather than simply stating them. More specifically, here’s what we’ll do…
For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Creating a Professional Portfolio Guide
The interview is the equivalent of closing the sale. This is when you’re getting more personalized and discussing the terms of whether the professional arrangement is mutually beneficial. Just like anything in management, this requires a lot of preparation.
In this guide, we want you to own the interview and get that dream job. We’ll talk all about outstanding interview preparation and even better execution so you’re as successful as possible. Specifically, we’ll go into depth on the following…
For more information or to sign up, visit our page Owning the Interview Guide
In business functions, you’re going to spend a lot of time writing proposals. Whether you’re proposing initiatives to upper managers, investors, customers, suppliers, etc or are pitching your own business, getting the proposal right is crucial to being successful in this function.
In this guide, we’ll go into a lot of depth on how to write winning business proposals. We’ll approach it from the perspective of someone writing a job proposal and all the things needed to achieve success. More specifically, we’ll discuss the following…
For more information or to sign up, visit our page The Business Proposal Guide
A lot of people are looking to get involved in freelancing these days. As we said in this learning page, it’s a good way to get international experience without leaving your home. It can also be much more, as you’re capable of helping so many companies and doing so on your own terms (rather than going through an agency). You can choose your specialty, choose your sales targets, and once you win the work can choose how you approach it.
The disadvantage to freelancing is you have to do your own sales. This guide is aimed at the freelancer and the many ways to boost their sales results. We have tons of resources, examples, and sales methods specific to freelancing. Here’s what you get in this guide:
For more information or to sign up, visit our page – Increasing Freelance Sales Guide
Continuing our freelance series, we want you to make the most of freelancing. Going from gig to gig and client to client is fine but you have so many opportunities to make it something bigger. You can turn this into a full business that earns really well (without it solely depending on your sales and execution).
In this guide, we get serious about freelancing and formulate all the ways to turn this into something much more lucrative to you as business owner. Specifically, we’ll cover…
For more information or to sign up for this guide, visit our page at Freelance Gigs to Lucrative Business Guide
As you can see from our China Learning Path, our International Business Career Services Guide, and all the more generic career guides, we take your skills and job prospects very seriously. We simply want you to do the best you possibly can. With that said, everything above is generic. Which means the only thing left is working with you directly!
We allocate a small number of slots each day to working with the Reverse Tide community directly. Among the services we offer…
For more information or to sign up for a time slot today, visit our page Reverse Tide Personalized Career Services