From 14-22 April, 12 Westminster undergraduate students had the chance to explore the professional environment of Hong Kong as part of the Westminster Working Cultures programme. 

Throughout their week in Hong Kong, the students met with a number of Westminster alumni – many of whom also shared with students their own experience during previous Westminster Working Cultures trips to Hong Kong – 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 and how to develop their own personal brand.

This trip was made possible with the generous support of the Quintin Hogg Trust and Westminster Social Sciences alumnus Mr Trevor Yang. Mr Yang hosted an exclusive alumni reception at the Hong Kong Club, giving the students a chance to network with a wide range of alumni living in Hong Kong.

The week began with a talk from Karen Lau, a Westminster Business Administration alumna, now Regional Marketing Lead for Greater China at Robert Walters. She 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 experience had an impact not just on the students but also on Karen who said: “I truly believe contributing back to the community is something meaningful not only to yourself but for others. For me, sharing life experience could inspire others to see things from a different perspective. The value of giving support to my university as a volunteer is more than I expected I have also connected with other alumni and expanded my network as well.”

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Westminster Working Cultures students and Business Administration alumna Karen Lau

Highlights of the trip also included a visit to architecture studio Lead 8, a tour of the TV studios at Bloomberg Media, as well as a series of skills workshops led by a variety of Westminster alumni based in Hong Kong.  

Contemporary Media Practice BA student Alex Buchan, who took part in the trip, said: “The programme is great for students with a desire to gain employability skills in a global context and is a great benefit to those who want to work abroad. It's also a great opportunity to learn about a new country - giving opportunity to insights that would otherwise be impossible to gain without the university's prior knowledge and organisations with the Westminster alumni. I would definitely recommend applying."

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.”

Located in the heart of London, the University of Westminster is an international institution embracing global engagement in all its forms. We have students from 165 countries, staff from across the world and a highly international alumni community. This diversity is supported by a rich mix of international partnerships in over 20 countries worldwide, and places particular emphasis on providing international opportunities for our students. Our research addresses global themes and is sustained by international collaborations further enhancing our global community.

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