At AkarakA, we always aspire to be supportive and inspirational to the local community by creating meaningful educational events.
On May 22, 2016, AkarakA teamed up with local Hong Kong NGO “Project SHARE” and spent a day with a few of their secondary school teenagers who mostly come from backgrounds with little to no exposure with corporate jobs requiring higher education. The overall objective was to give these local young adults an idea of what it feels working in a corporate setting for a multinational company with people from diverse backgrounds and nationalities. We tried to help them find answers to questions they may be asking themselves, such as “What does it take to land a job there and would I really stand a chance?” and “Would that career path be something I could envisage embarking on myself?”
The group started out with a tour through a multinational bank’s corporate office in the International Commerce Center (ICC), Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper, and showed them around the different floors, areas, and amenities available. The students were surprised to see that there is a canteen selling food and refreshments and a shower room on one of the floors in the office. Above all though, they were mesmerized by the stunning view of Hong Kong harbor skyline that the bank’s employees and visitors can enjoy on every single floor. The group went on to the different business floors and simulated typical daily work situations such as conference calls and meetings in big board rooms, and also got a glance of a bank’s trading floor with desks having up to six computer monitors.
After the office tour, the group rounded up the day by having lunch at a charming restaurant on the rooftop at IFC Mall in Central District. There we had engaging and honest conversations with the teenagers about education and career choices by sharing the volunteers’ own experiences. The common theme was that the students were encouraged to follow one’s passion and interest rather than focusing on a degree that can lead to a high-paying job as people are far likelier to succeed at something they are really passionate about. In that context, the teenagers were surprised to hear that most of the volunteers did not have a finance education background before joining the banking industry. To think that people from diverse cultures and nationalities with non-finance related educational backgrounds (such as Law, IT, History, and Engineering) can work in teams, share creative ideas, and provide value for a multinational banking institution.
The key takeaway for the day, as confirmed by Project SHARE, was that this experience gave the local students an idea of what a corporate job feels like which is an invaluable information that would help them with their future education and career choices. The students and Project SHARE were deeply appreciative for this inspirational opportunity given by AkarakA HK.