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 work has evolved, with change-makers in our Garage Community.
This week we chat with Zev, an artist and lighting consultant. She uses The 33PRESS moniker for her artistic endeavors, and prefers to remain anonymous!
We chat about finding fulfillment, creating balance, and embracing discomfort in a cut-throat city like Hong Kong.
Author: Ching Lam Ip, Programme & Marketing Lead, Garage Society
Welcome back to Mandy's In-House Notes, a twice-monthly column touching on all things brand-building, entrepreneurship and female-empowerment related, from the mind of Mandy Pao.
This week, we're talking about the power of using the right data to inform your design process.
Author: Mandy Pao, Founder and Creative Director, Eloquence International
Cover image: Jezael Melgoza via Unsplash
True career fulfillment can be puzzling—yet not impossible to find. What many people don’t realize is that it’s a process that takes work and patience.
Most importantly, we need to search for it. If you’re lucky, you’ll find not just a job or career but a mission.
Cover image source: Liz and Mollie
Author: Pin Cher, Career & Clarity Coach