Working in an environment where you don’t feel relaxed can add to the stress of your day-to-day job. That’s one of the reasons I applied to be a Garage Cadet fter first experiencing the warm environment of Garage Society, where I was also inspired by the close relationships of the members.
It’s a simple reason, but also one that I believe is what makes Garage Society so striking as a workplace. Though fun, work is work. It’s been a tough three months, but a time that I will definitely remember fondly, as every step I took as a Garage Cadet made me a better person. Before I joined as a Cadet, I was completely clueless about the Startup ecosystem. The term startup always intrigued me. I believed it to be people who have a great idea and want to make it into a reality. Through all the Garagers I’ve met, I was able to get a clearer picture of the startup industry. They told me their stories, and sometimes it was not a fairytale. Not only do you have to be able to multi-task, but also passionate and determined every single day. Though the work is sometimes exhausting, I felt that a lot of people felt it was mitigated by working in such an energetic environment. Every person I meet up has a unique story, and they all do their best to reach their dreams and make their mark on the world. I also learned a great deal throughout my placement at Student.com. It was challenging for me in the beginning because I had no experience with studying abroad. I still remember how nervous I was when I took the very first call. Whenever I listen my colleagues connecting with students through their own experience living in another country, I felt insecure knowing that I don’t have the same perspective.
BUT I DIDN’T STOP LEARNING, AND WAS ENCOURAGED BY THE SUPPORT FROM MY COLLEAGUES, WHO TOLD ME NOT TO BE DEFEATED BY REJECTIONS.
From being rejected and lacking confidence in the beginning to being appreciated in the end, I could feel myself growing as a person throughout my 13 weeks. I want to thank all my colleagues at Student.com for being so patient and helping me along the way, as well as everyone I met in Garage Society made my time here some of the best. - Rain
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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