One thing I had in mind before coming to Hong Kong was that I wanted to study fashion. Fashion is what I dreamed of doing but I wanted to make sure it was the thing for me. I was having trouble finding an internship in that particular field but when I stumbled across Absolute, I knew this was my next stop. Coming to an unfamiliar land, I was excited but also nervous because I had not spoken to anyone who would be joining me on the same journey for the next month. But when I finally met the other interns, I slowly found my group of friends and now know I could not ask for a better summer. We've already created many memories together from having simple lunch breaks to meeting up after work. Due to the time difference I could not tell my friends and family back home about my adventure and my passion, so I decided to make another Instagram blog of my travels, love for fashion, and photography. Already a week into my internship and the biggest challenge I have already faced is getting used to asking for work instead of waiting for my supervisor to tell me. But my relationship with my coworkers and boss is gradually getting better and I plan to ask my company how I can assist with anything they need help with.
I left Australia on Christmas night and arrived at Hong Kong International Airport at 5am on the 26th of December. I made my own way to the accommodation by train and luckily was able to check in to my room early. I slept until I was awoken by a knock on the door, my roommate to be for the next two months, Robin from South Korea! We immediately bonded over some Kpop tunes (2ne1 – I’m the best– it’s super catchy!) and what was soon to be discovered, a shared love for desserts. A roommate who brings home macaroons most days? She’s a keeper!
My Hong Kong internship is technically my first ever fulltime working experience, so you can imagine my nerves, my excitement, and my anticipations. When I arrived at the office on my first day, it felt like I was unwrapping the biggest gift that I had ever received in my life.
My name is Claire and I have just finished my third-year Bachelor Study in Finance and Economics at The University of Sydney. As a graduate soon-to-be, I have been actively involved in various career opportunities throughout the year. However, I do think that this Hong Kong internship would be the most exciting and challenging of all. Upon joining this program, I had a choice between Shanghai and Hong Kong. There are two reasons that I chose Hong Kong: first, its special position as ‘the centre of Asia’, incorporated with a mix of both western and Chinese culture; second, Hong Kong has long been one of the world’s most important financial centres, with presence of over 200 financial institutions. I look forward to immerse myself into its unique cultural environment as well as to get more insights on the finance industry.