UBC in Hong Kong – Gaining International Work Experience

 Alvin Hartono

“With 8-months of work experience in Hong Kong now, I definitely feel more confident in my capabilities as a young professional. I realize that different markets have different priorities. Expectations are strict and procedures vary. I have learned how to “manage up” rather than “manage down”. These are transferable skills that you do not necessarily learn in class and I am positive that my international experience will benefit me in the long run back home.”

 Cathryn Chase

“My time at CASBAA has been a fantastic learning experience so far. From organizing events with high-level government officials to researching regulatory issues in various Asian countries, the projects I have been involved with have allowed me to experience what it is like to work at the interface of government and business. My Co-op experience has reinforced my desire to pursue a career in government or in law.”

 James Johnston

“The experience I have gained has exposed me to the realities of politics, economics and business, further expanding my interest for these areas. I am eager to continue my academic journey at UBC, particularly in my major and masters programmes, where I now have a greater sense of direction. ”


 Jeffy Tam

“Working before finishing my studies has definitely provided me with a clear idea of the kind of work I will be doing in the future. I am able to build useful skills that cannot be taught in the classroom, as well as meet contacts that I would not have been exposed to otherwise.”


Gordon Yeh

“I am a third-year computer engineering student with an interest in entrepreneurship and software as a service. This is my first co-op term, and I have learned so much in the past 3 months. I am extremely lucky to be working as for web developer for a finance start-up called Currenxie, where we do online transactions for businesses and online merchants.”

 Marisa Chan

“As an adult in dire need of life experience, I figured I would join the UBC Arts Co-op Program and turn my passion in both psychology and management into a career. I currently work as a Screening Associate at Blue Umbrella Ltd., a global risk management company specializing in due diligence services, regulatory technology and background screening solutions based in Hong Kong.”

Yuna Wang

“After an 8-month stint in Paris, where I studied at Sciences Po and completed a Digital Marketing internship, I knew that I had to get back out and see more of the world. Understanding how to adapt to and work with people around the world is a massive asset in a time of increasing economic globalization. Outside of the workplace, the relationships I have built and the experiences I have had have informed the direction I want to take my life and career.”



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