02 Dec Adelaide VS Hong Kong
My name is Adam Anderson and I study at Adelaide University in Adelaide, Australia. Adelaide is my home town; I was born here and have lived here most of my life. I am extremely excited about going to Hong Kong to take part of the Hong Kong Internship Program by Absolute Internship as I’ve heard nothing but good things. One of my main philosophies in life is to travel and open oneself up to new adventures and experiences. I strongly believe that building on experiences through submerging oneself in different cultures builds character and provides fulfillment. I can think of nothing more fulfilling than traveling to Hong Kong to not only gain experience in life, but to also gain knowledge in the industry that I plan on working in for the rest of my adult life.
Having been born and raised in Adelaide, I’m expecting life in Hong Kong to be much faster paced with a buzz in the streets towards consumerism. Relatively speaking, Adelaide is a very small city with a population of just over 1 million, and because of this I’m expecting the adaptation towards Hong Kong to come with some anxiety. This is not to say that I’m currently apprehensive about the trip in the slightest, on the contrary I’m extremely confident in my ability to adapt to a new environment such as Hong Kong.
The first photo included in this post is of Adelaide’s lookout. This is where I was born and raised, as you can see it pales in comparison to a city such as Hong Kong. The second photo included is a goal I’ve set out for myself. Before I leave Hong Kong, I want at least one photo from Victoria Peak. I am arriving with my sister into Hong Kong just over a week before the internship begins; my plan is to have a photo with both of us on that tram. I plan to post this in my first blog on arrival. I’m not sure about all of the activities that my sister and I plan to get up to over Christmas. We are both very excited to be spending Christmas together in another country and are both interested in experiencing the celebrations of a different culture. I myself am interested in looking into a boat ride around the harbor Christmas night, but we’ll have to wait and see what is available.
I’m expecting citizens ability to speak English in Hong Kong will vary. As I enjoy helping others learn, I’m hoping that during my visit I will be able to affect at least one person and their ability to speak English. During my Hong Kong internship, I’m hoping to gain insight into the day-to-day operations of a well established financial company. I’m hoping that this will include client facing opportunities, especially seeing as this will give me the chance to communicate with clients foreign to myself. This I believe to be invaluable experience that will build towards my future goals. As well as indirect education towards the industry, I’m hoping that I can build on my current knowledge learnt from university while utilizing what I have already learnt and apply it towards my internship position. The topic that I have most enjoyed during my studies thus far has been portfolio theory, so anything leaning towards this would be extremely interesting for me.
Outside of work, I’m anticipating that the Absolute program will provide me with opportunities to meet and socialize with people from all around the world. I have no doubt that the organized activities and trips that Absolute has organized will provide me with these opportunities, and more. I’m looking forward to the many activities that Absolute has in store.