A version of this story was originally posted by the author to her account on LinkedIn.

Ten years ago, I left China for an academic scholarship in the US sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and Commerce, beginning a journey during which I’ve worked in and adapted to America, Germany and and the UK. Getting used to new cultures in the US and Europe has been a challenge. But as European companies turn to China, they’re struggling to adapt to local culture in ways I recognize.

Starting as a green hand with Western culture, way out of my comfort zone, I’ve learnt step by step to navigate cross-cultural challenges, to stand on my own feet and to become a full-fledged professional in Europe.

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Zhang Xuanzi

Zhang Xuanzi is an investment associate with Axel Springer Digital. She is based in Europe.