Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary SchoolChung Wan Tung Selina
Rotary Work Experience Programme: Venture Business Centre
The Work Experience Program is extremely inspiring. It has provided an opportunity for me to learn about the day to day business operations. The main business of the company I was matched with is to help set up companies in different places in the world. It involves some business registration certificates that I have only heard from textbooks. I believe this experience has certainly given additional support to my business studies.
During the program, my classmate and I were given a small task to do, which is to arrange all the clients’ names that the company has worked for. This required excel skills which we both were not familiar with. Fortunately, our ‘colleagues’ gave us a lot of help that we finally sorted out the task. I realised that office work requires different word processing skills.
All in all, this program has given me a clearer view of a business in the real working world. I also had a good lesson on interpersonal skills and word processing skills.
Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary SchoolHung Nga Yuet Ida
Regal Airport Hotel
Coming to an era of all-rounded education, we, students are highly encouraged to draw a blueprint of future. Indeed, as the adage goes, ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail'. What could be an even better way out than participating in a work experience program?
This summer, I was fortuitous enough to be given an opportunity to spend two days of work experience at the Regal Airport Hotel. Though two days is truly not long, the experience gained is definitely worthwhile and unforgettable.
I worked in an accounting department. Nevertheless, to my surprise, the first lesson I learned was nothing related to accounting. It was time management instead. Punctuality is one example. Not only would employers expect their employees to be punctual for work, working on time is also a way for employees to show respect for their job and build up a sincere first impression to all, their employers, colleagues or clients alike. It is actually in the same type of predicament that students encountered in school life; the only difference is that schools, for sure a learning place, allow us to make mistakes and correct them while at workplace it sadly doesn’t. Punctuality in the working world could make one jump to a conclusion of how someone works. Therefore I feel that good time management is an essential skill at work.
Back to accounting, I approached to the routine of the cashier, account payable and account receivable. They are in fact closely related to the several topics in Financial Accounting, which I am soon going to learn in the upcoming academic year. My work tasks were at a beginning stage, to record transactions into the journals. Yet, later I learned that those tasks were of the paramount essence as they were the entries to be posted into ledgers. With the experiences of doing my BAFS assignment on paper, in addition to the real work experience, not only have I gained a better understanding of my studies in school but also the exposure to be an accountant. Definitely, accountants have to work far more and harder than that.
Overall, the summer work program has magnified my career aspirations and positive work ethics. I have formulated a more comprehensive view towards the accounting profession. Such experience is invaluable and could be something difficult to be thoroughly attained by simply sitting in classrooms or being in front of computers. At last, I sincerely look forward to joining similar programs in the foreseeable future!
Before joining this programme, I have a strong interest in the field of IT industry. Therefore, I applied for this programme in order to explore the career path of IT industry. After a two-day experience in the IT department of Public Bank, I realized that there are so many things that we cannot learn from schools. Taking the knowledge of networking as an example, there are not much resources for us at school. We seldom have a chance to get in touch of those expensive appliances and we received most of the knowledge is from textbooks which may be outdated. But in this programme, I have a chance to visit the sever room. In that room, some staff explained the function of different parts which widened my horizon. Beside academic knowledge, the more vital thing that I learn is the requirement of IT industry. During these two days, I have talked with different managers. They shared their experience of interviewing candidates with me. All of them said that one’s mind is more important than one’s knowledge”. Having a logical mind is essential so that we can solve problems easily and quickly. In this programme, I have learnt many things which I could not learn from normal ICT lessons. Therefore, I wish to have more chances to participate in similar work experience programme.
Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary SchoolChau Hoi Yee
Rotary Work Experience Programme: LF Products Ltd part of Li Fung (Trading) Ltd
26/07/2016 – 28/07/2016
First of all, I would like to thank Rotary for giving me this opportunity to join the work experience program. During the work experience program, my classmate and I were assigned to the Technology Department. Our mentors Leo and JF helped us a lot when we were getting into trouble. During the ‘work’ day, we tested the headphone and prepared the powerpoint presentation about power bank. We also joined a meeting with the company’s clients on the discussion over the design of the Halloween costumes in the Show Room. This experience was eye-opening. I realised that there was so much we should prepare in advance. I was also grateful to our mentors for introducing Li Fung to us so that I have a better idea of the operation and details of the company. We also had a taste of doing the general work in an office and reflected on the skills required.
I enjoy this program very much. I hope I will prepare well in everything in future, especially in my HKDSE. Chances are opened for those who prepare. Therefore I will work hard and hopefully join a good company like Li Fung. I would like to thank once again my mentors Leo and JF, Principal Lee, the Career Mistress Ms. Lee and the School Development Officer from the Education Bureau Ms. Chan for giving me such a wonderful experience.