A recent New York Times story noting that Shanghai and Beijing are “new lands of opportunity for recent American college graduates” featured Joshua Arjuna Stephens ’07, who took a temporary job with China Prep, an educational travel company.
Stephens told the Times that he new little about China and didn’t speak the language, but he wanted to “do something off the beaten track.”
Now, two years after leaving for China, his is fluent in Mandarin and works as a manager for XPD Media, a social media company based in Beijing that makes online games.
Young Americans are attracted by the entrepreneurial boom in China, according to the Times. Part of the draw is that they often find that they can climb the career ladder much faster in China than they would in the United States, and that starting a business can be very inexpensive.