Millennials going global. Reflections from Shanghai

In one of my previous articles I talked about the Millenials and how I find inspirations in their thinking and professional choices. I am very happy to have Nicolai, my oldest son, and his girlfriend, Jinyu, as my guests.

Nicolai and Jinyu met in the small University city of Utah, Cedar City, USA, and graduated in May 2013. This last year they spent in Norway and now in Shanghai to learn each others cultures and languages.

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Jinyu in Europe and Norway for the first time ever. Here celebrating the Norwegian Constitution day on May 17, 2013 with Nicolai.

 

– We are both very international and love traveling, meeting new people and explore different cultures. Exploring each others cultures and languages has been a natural and exciting milestone after graduation.

Jinyu just started in an interesting Management trainee position at Abercrombie&Fitch.

– I will be trained for HR, visual merchandising, diversity and some other crucial perspectives of fashion and retail industry. We just opened the very first flagship store for China here in Shanghai. It was very busy and successful! And I learned a lot.

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Abercrombie&Fitch first flagship store for China just opened in Shanghai

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People waiting for the new Abercrombie&Fitch flagship store opening in Shanghai

 

– Nicolai, what was the biggest change for you moving from Norway to Shanghai?

– It was a big step for me to live with Jinyus parents as they don’t know a word of english. This became the excellent opportunity for me to practice my Chinese. I am now a lot more comfortable communicating in Chinese and I have also adapted the big differences of the culture. Regular daily activities such as going to the grocery store, taking public transportation and eating in restaurants are challenges and make me adapt the culture and language.

Nicolai just came back from a Business trip to Thailand where he was presenting a new Athletic concept for Business Leaders. Time will show if his sales pitch was convincing enough to expand the concept he is working on. He just ran his first race in Shanghai, and next is marathon in Singapore in the end of May.

Nicolai running his first race in Shanghai.

Nicolai running his first race in Shanghai.

 

– Jinyu, are there changes you have noticed in Shanghai since you came back from your studies in the US?

– Shanghai is changing every single day! It grows so fast that locals can’t even keep on track. This is a radiant and young city that has so much to offer. The one thing that I have realized is that before foreigners were here just for leisure, but now more and more of them are coming for job opportunities. According to the latest population report, there are over 300,000 expats living here as residents, most of them come from Southern Europe like France, Italy and Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

Burberrys CEO on Leadership and ENERGY

Burberrys CEO on Leadership and ENERGY

Watch this interesting TED video (15 min) where Burberrys CEO talks about the power of ENERGY.

Time to look in the mirror!

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This first week of Ingers Business Raw has been GREAT FUN. I hope you think so too.

The highlight of the week was when hegnar.no published my article on Women in IT.

THANK YOU all so much for your engagement. You give me lots of energy and inspiration!

A good friend asked what I mean by Raw in Ingers Business Raw. My idea is that this is a place for natural, honest, direct and brave viewpoints in Business Leadership and Life. Raw is a nice word for that, don’t you think?

Wish you a wonderful Sunday!

My thoughts on Day 3 of Ingers Business Raw idea.. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

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First of all – THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. How exciting to see your comments on my initiative and posts and that some of you subscribed for a mail alert. And thanks to my clever friends that recommended me to use WordPress. The statistics analysis is so exciting!

My first goal must be to increase visits, comments and let the stat and my passions decide where I put my focus on themes. My idea is to write about BUSINESS LEADERSHIP and LIFE. I like it a lot when you give of your own experiences and thoughts, when you have a life learning point or a more philosophical point of view in your Business Leadership and decision makings. This is what I aim for in Ingers Business Raw – honest and direct dialogues about complex and exciting Business Leadership. Lets see how this goes.. Wonder who I will invite as my first guest.. I have an idea..

The picture is taken at Hafjell – in the beautiful mountains of Norway that mean so much to me. Don’t you think it visualizes a beautiful trail forward?