From 13 to 21 April, 28 Westminster undergraduate students had the chance to explore the professional environment of Hong Kong as part of the Westminster Working Cultures (WWC) programme.
Throughout their week in Hong Kong, the students met with a number of Westminster alumni and visited a range of professional environments. They received excellent advice on how to enhance the skills they will need after they graduate such as building a successful LinkedIn profile, how to develop their personal brand and knowledge of various professional sectors and how various professional sectors operate in Hong Kong.
This trip was made possible with the generous support of the Quintin Hogg Trust and Westminster Social Sciences alumnus Mr Trevor Yang. In addition to hosting the students at his office and discussing with them about why Hong Kong is so special, Trevor also co-hosted an exclusive alumni reception with Westminster’s Vice Chancellor and President Dr Peter Bonfield, at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The event gave the WWC students a chance to practise their networking skills with many of Westminster alumni living and working in Hong Kong.
The week began with a talk from Westminster Business Administration alumna Karen Lau, who now works as Regional Marketing Lead for Greater China at Robert Walters. Karen shared her advice on the importance of building a LinkedIn profile, provided tips for a successful interview and discussed the cultural differences between Asia and Europe.
The group have taken on board Karen’s advice and following the trip have utilised LinkedIn to connect with the alumni they met, other students and University staff as well as to share their experience in Hong Kong, widening their network even further.
Highlights of the trip also included a visit to the UK Department for International Trade in the British Consulate Hong Kong, a tour of the TV studios at Bloomberg Media, as well as a series of skills workshops led by more of Westminster’s alumni.
BA International Relations and Development student Katarzyna Ozga, who took part in the trip, said: “WWC Hong Kong was a life changing experience for me. Meetings with professionals working there helped me to gain more experience and confidence in networking and business relationship building. They shared a lot of insights and very valuable advice with us, which will be very useful for me while job hunting and seeking employment abroad. I also managed to learn a lot about the culture and people of Hong Kong while exploring the city in our free time. You [Current undergraduate students] should definitely try to participate in one of the WWC trips, as it will open a lot of opportunities for you!”
Speaking about the trip, Professor Alex Hughes, Deputy Vice–Chancellor for Global Engagement, said: “Westminster Working Cultures offers students the unique, intensive opportunity to experience and learn from professional life in a world city. Our students learn so much during their visits and we are immensely grateful to all who support them.”
The next trips in the Westminster Working Cultures programme include Berlin, Washington DC and a new trip to Dubai. We have a rich mix of international partnerships in over 20 countries worldwide and place particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for our students. With students from 165 countries, staff from across the world and a highly international alumni community, the University of Westminster continues to embrace global engagement in all its forms.