“So are you excited for your internship?” “Dude, honestly, I don’t know. I’m not even interested in marketing or operations...” If you asked me how I felt about working at Garage two months ago, it would’ve looked a little something like that. Perhaps a bit frank (Frank Ocean), perhaps indifferent, but a whole lotta honest. My name is Jonathan Kim and I am (was) a marketing and operations cadet at Garage Society. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a future cadet - or at least applying to be - and you’re probably just doing your due diligence for the program. That’s cool. I did that too. Have you read Yena’s Reflection yet? I’m in that one.
Jonathan is on the far left in the top left photo.[/caption] Anyways, if you’re wondering whether or not you should be excited for this internship, the short answer is yes. After six short weeks at Garage, I can honestly tell you that I’m a changed man, but not because I learned more about marketing or operations - even though I did. At Garage Society, I was given the opportunity to pursue interests that I would have otherwise left untouched. For example, video editing is something I’ve always wanted to learn, but I never bothered to because I was too busy - or maybe just lazy. Regardless, being assigned a video task by Garage, I was able to further develop a skill I was already interested in learning. This was no coincidence. Prior to my internship, my supervisor, Cheryl - great gal by the way, you’ll love her - asked me what my interests were, and from that conversation we organized a program that worked for the both of us. This program is also responsible for connecting me with companies like Apple, Snapchat and Sony, which has been invaluable for me, as an aspiring entrepreneur (I’m interested in the Music Industry). Beyond the program, the curriculum, and work, I am most grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside some of the brightest minds and souls I’ve ever met. Cheryl, the Assistant Programming Manager (and head of the Cadet Program), was my first friend at Garage - even though she was my boss. If you’re looking to score some brownie points, she loves working out and travels to Japan religiously. James, the Programming Director, is an experimental music aficionado and Ableton producer. Even if you don’t like all of his music recommendations (which you won’t), I can guarantee you he’s always a great person to share an opinion with. Min, the Senior Brand and Marketing Manager, is just as knowledgeable about music and if you love old school American Hip Hop you can check out a playlist she made here. Now there’s a lot more I could share, but let’s not get weird. So, let’s leave it at that. To any future Cadets, I say: brace yourself because you’re in for one hell of a ride, and to my friends and fellow Garagers I bid adieu.
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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