Unforgettable memories with great people – Goodbye Hong Kong!
Next week will conclude my short but worthwhile journey in Hong Kong. I was able to experience the real business world through my job, but I learned beyond academic and professional skills by talking to various people both inside and outside work. It actually made me realize how a single interaction could bring a significant impact on somebody.
Meeting new people and engaging in a conversation were not hard at all as people have been very friendly and approachable since the first day. They were willing to teach and show me around different places to help me explore real Hong Kong culture. My company doesn’t have after-work activities, so people usually have lunch together on a daily basis. Also, it is not really common to invite people home in Hong Kong as they normally live in small houses with limited space. Plus, there are so many places to go out and try, so they prefer to go out than stay inside. What I also noticed was that family gathering is highly valued in Hong Kong that people would mostly spend time with family on weekends.
The most significant experience from this internship is absolutely working with people from different backgrounds and exchanging cultural values. I was also able to talk about their general perceptions on the current affairs and future of Hong Kong in depth as there was a constant number of protests during my internship period. It was also a chance for me to observe different working and management styles based on cultural differences.
It provided the best on-site observation of my academic interests in business analytics and supply chain management as well as my personal interests in international affairs. I will definitely recall every moment I spent here in a reminiscent frame of mind after my return.