Writing this article has been a tough task indeed, as there are simply too many things I want to include about my Cadet experience. Long story short, I met Ed, Founder of The Associates and investor of Garage Society, at a terrifying explore-yourself-through-Lego session during Cadet orientation, after which I received a generous internship offer from him. Well, maybe the session was not that frightening, but in case you have not met Ed – like a flint, he is sharp, tough, and possesses the power to ignite a ferocious fire for work. I, of course, got to immerse myself in a lightning-speed workplace, reinforced by Ed’s traits as a former Wall Street ‘Wolf. As a prospective Year 2 business student with an entrepreneurial dream, I was overjoyed to experience first-hand the start-up industry. Yet, the internship was more than that. My takeaways are beyond imagination – and I am not exaggerating a bit. To sum up, this internship has given me two things: First, the exposure to our society. I attended luncheons held exclusively for figures whose bank accounts contain mind-blogging fortunes. I met personnel from eminent companies like Yahoo, Norton Rose Fulbright, Books4You. I attended meetings with NGOs and start-ups. I visited community centres and schools that serve underprivileged children. The whole experience was especially rewarding because I interacted from the most well-heeled to the most financially disadvantaged, and was able to witness how the wealth gap is actually shaping our community. I once talked to a person at a philanthropic luncheon – who probably possessed unimaginably huge assets – and he was really humble, which overthrew my negative perception towards the extremely rich. It was then that I realized humility is the pillar of social affiliation, the prerequisite of success. The second thing is mentality. As a previously pragmatic and rational person, the start-up experience has blown my mind a bit, perhaps then some. Ed has taught me to think beyond the conventional boundaries. Instead of bluntly saying ‘no’, I learned to take a step back, envisage the possibilities ahead and start saying ‘yes’. He made me appreciate the unknowns, as I was the type of person who always needed a rigid plan. I once met Judy Chan, CEO of Grace Vineyard, who started her wine business in a mine town of China. At the time, no one would anticipate her incredible success, but has since made her winery into one of the most recognized brands in the industry. She made me appreciate the unknowns, as previously I was the type of person who always needed a rigid plan – but an entrepreneur undertakes an uncertain path to create the most vibrant journey. Sometimes, it is the bold creativity and resilience to failures that enable one to distinguish from the flock of human beings on the street. I am grateful for this invaluable opportunity. Not only has it given me a delightful experience, but also a handful of insights, and most amazingly, the chance to explore our society that could not have been more worthwhile to an undergraduate. Now what?
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The following is a recap summary from our webinar on “Team Management 101: How To Manage Your Team Remotely And Effectively?” which was hosted on March 12, 2020. You may watch the recording of the event here.
Every year March 8th rolls around, and the world wakes up to recognise and celebrate the countless women who make the backbone of our social structure. The last couple of years have been quite significant in taking celebrations from just being about the cookies and cupcakes to being about the cognisance of social and workplace gender biases. At Garage Society, we care about the community, and being inclusive is our long term commitment. This one extra day just gives us an excuse to share our thoughts on the subject with you.