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Study Abroad… for Four Years

“For Alexander Sherr, being in a foreign country isn’t too new for him. He moved to Hong Kong with his parents in 2007. Now, he’s taking a gap year to study Mandarin with Next Step China and plans on attending college in Beijing.”

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Forbes

How To Build A Successful Business In A Country With A Bad Reputation

“Go the extra mile. Once a customer asked if we could meet a staff member in their area of town in order to become comfortable with the people running our company. I was in China at the time, and my sister — who works for our company — met the mother and her 15-year old son, who was interested in going to China, at a local Starbucks. Some people won’t go that far to make a sale, but that customer did two summer programs with us in a row and helped us develop one of the best products for our company.”

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Next Step China was recognized by the United Nations and the White House via Empact: 

 


Brain drain reverses course, flows away from America

“He now lives in Beijing, having founded Next Step China (nextstepchina.org). The firm offers Chinese-language immersion programs, and arranges opportunities for foreigners to teach, intern or volunteer in China. “I wanted to take the next step in my life and career,” says Capo, now 29″

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I Can’t Find Qualified Employees

“Americans just know America. Everyone knows that we live in a global society, but most Americans lack any real global knowledge.”

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US Students Studying Chinese to Adapt to a Changing Economy

“Unlike most of the Chinese language programs offered at schools in the United States, we offer a total immersion that incorporates learning the language, understanding the culture, and developing the skills needed to succeed in this highly complex country,” says Derek Capo, founder and CEO of Next Step China. “We’ve had students go directly from our program into positions within Chinese-owned companies and multi-national enterprises with offices in China.”

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Wall Street Journal Feature

Some Social-Media Tips for Business Owners

“Target your audience: Derek Capo, 30, chief executive of Next Step China LLC, a Miami-based firm that helps arrange opportunities to study, volunteer and work in China, says he spends 10 to 20 hours a month on LinkedIn, finding and messaging potential customers.”

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Wall Street Journal Feature

15 Ideas for Testing Your New Hires Before You Commit

“Test Before you Hire. It all starts with the interview process, and ours is pretty thorough. Nevertheless, everyone starts off as an intern or part-time employee, and then we give them tasks with varying degrees of difficulty that test management skills, creativity and leadership…..”

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Why You Should Stick With The Big Banks

“”I believe my company is an excellent example of how the big banks have actually helped our business,” says Derek Capo, CEO of language-immersion program company Next Step China. ”

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FIU Worlds Ahead Campaign

Apprendre le mandarin, l’affaire d’une vie!

“Au départ, je ne devais y aller que pour une période de trois mois dans le cadre du programme d’études du mandarin offert par l’organisme Next Step China (www.nextstepchina.org/).”

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Bringing Interns to China (Radio Interview)

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Degrees of Distinction (International Educator print magazine)

“Sherr considered a number of U.S. universities overseas, such as the
American University in Cairo, but ultimately decided to take two years off, which he has used to intensively study Chinese in preparation for the Peking University entrance exam. In autumn 2012 he plans to study international relations or international business with the language of instruction in Chinese.”

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What Technologies Banks Should Be Using to Keep Your Money Safe

“Derek Capo, founder of Miami- and Beijing-based Next Step China LLC, asked Bank of America numerous security-related questions when he opened a business account in 2008. ”

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