Being part of Hong Kong’s most sophisticated workspace and think tank may be the most unforgettable experience of my summer vacation. As a former business student, I was always told to be bright and brilliant, so that I may enter the city’s largest companies, big brands, and world leading multi-national corporations. However, after the 6-weeks internship program with Garage Society, it is time for me to redefine the meaning of what a desirable job is.
A successful business first comes with great minds instead of company size. A great mind does not always imply to innovative ideas that change the world — it is sometimes about how people jump out of their comfort zone as to change themselves. In this think tank, I saw the traits of a CEO, a hard-working white-collar, as well as a dreamer all in a single person. They are leaders, but at the same time, they are the only one to take up all the trivial work that comes with the job. From sales and marketing to photocopying, a startup business CEO is the one who will do anything it takes to make things happen. I have always wondered how these people leave their comfort zone in order to make a business happen from scratch. In Hong Kong, people believe in the ‘perfect plan’ defined by our society. From college to university to our graduation job, each stage of our life is defined by the society, whether it is good or bad, or whether or not it’s suitable for us. We would say, someone who got a business degree from a top university, owns a Maserati, and a sea view apartment as a person who is successful. In contrast, a parent could hardly accept their kids to work as a free-lance artist, or work in a one-man company.
Students are walking along a planned route, doing planned work and living in a planned life. It’s clear that this is not a suitable environment to hatch a new batch of future business leaders. Meeting dreamers every day in my internship has been my most precious experience in Garage Society. I feel more comfortable to walk my own little trod than the main road with the crowd. I am glad that my first internship can serve as such a great eye opener and I am now ready to find my best job.
As part of our #BeTheChange series, we sit down and discuss how people and business have evolved, with change-makers in our Garage Community.
This week, we sit down with Michelle Hong, co-founder of Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise on a mission to introduce the joys of urban farming to the city folk of Hong Kong.
Rooftop Republic has been part of the Garage Community since 2018, and they have a rooftop farm on the terrace of our Wan Chai Lockhart space.
It was great to catch up with Michelle over sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and the joys of growing your own food.
The advent of user-friendly e-commerce tools has made starting your own small business easier than ever.
With so many people embarking on their entrepreneurial journey, we thought we’d give you a reminder on how to support small, local business owners.
We encourage everyone to be conscious consumers - whether this means voting with your dollar for locally farmed vegetables, or writing a positive review for the indie coffee shop in your neighbourhood.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
As part of our focus on growth, we asked the Garage Community what areas they would like they spend more time developing. It was very clear that you all wanted to dedicate more time to your mental and physical health!
Considering that Hong Kongers have some of the longest working hours in the world, it’s important to carve out some time for yourself.
Here is a comprehensive wellbeing toolkit with guides, recommendations, and resources for bettering your mind and body.
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