I started my internship at Garage Society in November 2016. I have learned a tremendous amount over the past six months - both professionally and personally. I am really grateful that I was given opportunities to take part in different tasks including research, daily operations, videography, coordinating Garage Academy events, reaching out to companies to promote the Garage Society x Jobable platform, and assisting in recruiting new interns.
The first task I worked on was a competitor study about co-workspaces in Tokyo, where I looked into pricing, amenities, etc. by communicating with sales representatives. This gave me a much deeper understanding about the differences between the two markets. Promoting the Garage Society x Jobable Platform involved a lot of communication with other startups. I looked into start-ups that are recruiting and reached out to them one-by-one to promote our new platform. Through liaising with them, I learned how to deal with external parties and potential clients in a tactful manner, which is a useful skill to have for my future career.
Aside from the above tasks, performing operations duties was also very interesting for me, as I had the chance to interact with members from various cultural backgrounds. Handling members’ requests efficiently while maintaining a high service standard is no easy task, and several months of doing so has greatly enhanced my multitasking skills. I came across many industries and business models I was not previously familiar with in this diverse environment through networking with individuals working out of Garage. Speaking with them allowed me to better understand mind of entrepreneurs and challenges of starting your own business. During my time at Garage Society, I was also interning at a multinational corporation. These two internships provided me with completely difference experiences. What I really like about working at Garage Society is that I was able to be involved in every aspect of business operations, whereas at the MNC, I was doing structured work within one specific department of the organisation.
Another notable benefit of working at start-ups is the environment and structure. There is no strict hierarchy at Garage Society, and everyone is encouraged to demonstrate individualism and creativity. The Garage Team is very dynamic and culturally-diverse, which brings about a lot of interesting interactions within the team. The working style at Garage Society definitely helped to improve my communication skills, and cultivate an open-mind on all issues. My journey at Garage Society has been fruitful and thrilling, and I am truly thankful for the personal growth that I have gained from my internship. I would also like to express my deepest gratitude towards Cheryl and everyone in the Garage Team for teaching and mentoring me throughout these six months, who provided me so many opportunities to explore my potential. Thank you and until next time, Garage Society!
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.
Want to take part in this month's Community Survey? Click here.