24 Jul Startup internship in Hong Kong
2 weeks have passed since we all arrived and started working. By now we already know each other better and have our little inside jokes, we know how to get around, where to eat, how to behave, where to shop and how to spend our free time. We know a few key phrases in Cantonese and try to improve our pronunciation. As the days go by our horizons expand, the list of places we want to see gets longer and we discover more and more of the gems HK can offer. We have our spots where we go to enjoy a calm moment after a busy day in the noisy city and the bus drivers recognize us and smile when they see us every day line up to get on the minibus on our way to work. And yet, the city remains foreign, the language barrier hasn’t gone anywhere and much more is out there for us to explore, taste and experience.
The more time I spend here, the more I learn not only about life in Hong Kong and the business environment here but also about myself – what I like and what I don’t, what I am good at and what I can improve.
The internship in Hong Kong definitely opened my eyes to many things.
A lot of people wish to start their carriers straight from large famous companies and don’t even consider the option of experiencing what it is like to be in a startup. And that’s a shame, because this is a great way to see how things are done from a really close perspective. Being in a small firm you can see all the details of how an idea has to be turned into reality overcoming the obstacles the “big fish” in the business have placed in front of new entrants. You see the startup make small steps every day, you add to its growth and you see your efforts bring about some really cool results! You actually feel that your actions matter and you are able to effectively contribute to the transformation of an idea into a real project and its execution.
My job is not exactly what I expected, it involves a lot of research and creativity and is definitely a challenge as the firm is dealing with Bitcoin – a cryptocurrency I didn’t know much about. But this is a great learning experience that I doubt I could have otherwise been able to gain!