Mia in Hong Kong-Coworkers or Friends?
I was so lucky to be assigned to the most active team in the company with the vice president who can create a relaxing working environment. She is the only person from the western country in our company, so the way she thinks and the value she emphasizes are quite different from the other teams. She prefers to make the team as a group of friends working together instead of only work-based relationship. Because of her, everyone speaks English instead of Cantonese during the meeting, which makes it easier for me to engage.
It’s one month later that I thought we established the friendship because I started to have lunch every day with my teammates. We would hang out at the day that they don’t work overtime. I also introduced them to my roommate and friends who are also in this program but from other universities. However, it’s inconvenient to visit their home or go to their party. Many of their family members or friends are not good at English or mandarin, and I’m not good at Cantonese. The good thing is that my coworkers are willing to talk about their family, their daily life before I came here, and their best friends.
During this internship, the most significant benefit is that I have the chance to learn about how the business actually works in such an apparel manufacturer, which is an entirely new field for me. Apparel sounds abstract in the beginning because what I thought is that they bought fabric from factories and sell it to the clothing brands. It’s more complicated and exciting in reality, such as decorating the showroom and preparing the fabric show. The most significant experience is that I met with one of the designers from La Coast. I can’t believe that one day I can shake hands and introduce myself to them. The customization project I led is the most valuable. I needed to talk with sales directors to evaluate the current programs they have and discussed how to improve, and finally present the conclusion to my supervisor. All these experiences consist of my summer—practice what I have and learn about what I never met.
I think I will miss all my friends and coworkers here.