In this Uni to Career Success story we get the inside word on what it’s like to work in the New York of the East, Hong Kong.

 

Jill

Jill - Senior Recruiter at Bloomberg Hong Kong

 

What is your current position?

Senior Recruiter at Bloomberg in Hong Kong. I look after the recruitment process for Sales, IT, Project Management & Electronic Trading types of positions.

What is the Australian expat community like in Hong Kong?

Roughly 8% of the Hong Kong population are Aussie expats, so there are quite a few Aussies living abroad in Hong Kong along with many other nationalities from around the world eg. American & British. It really is a multi-cultural city with lots to embrace & explore & is very much seen as a Financial hub for work. It’s a bit of a cultural shock at first as the local Chinese are very different to us Aussies in terms of the way they think, their lifestyle, their cultural values & the way they do business. There are lots of sporting clubs in Hong Kong which is where a lot of the Aussies meet up eg. The Rugby Club, The Cricket Club etc. There are also lots of Ex-Pat Associations & Forums that Aussies are connected to as well.

What course did you start at University, which Uni?

Human Resources & Marketing Australian Catholic University at North Sydney

What did you graduate with?

Bachelor of Business - Major in Human Resources

Did you know what you wanted to do for a career when you started studying? My marks in year 12 were really good in 3 Unit Business Studies & I quite enjoyed the HR subject, so when I finished school I went to TAFE to do a 1 x year HR Certificate to see if I really liked it or not & if I wanted a HR career. After that I went onto obtain my Business Degree at University.

Why did you choose your course?

A Business Degree can get you anywhere in life, it’s pretty broad & covers the basics.

Was it hard to change courses?

I didn’t change courses, but other people did & I think it was relatively easy to get credits & get into other courses of interest.

What did you most enjoy about your course?

Meeting new people over on the North side as I grew up in the East. None of my friends from high school went to ACU so it really put me out of my comfort zone. ACU is a really small Uni which I also liked, so the classes were more personal. I really enjoyed the Marketing minor subjects that I completed as well. The practical work experience element was also really good. I remember for one of my subjects, Business Ethics, we had to do community service & helped out with delivering food to the elderly with Meals on Wheels. It really focused on giving back to the community & that not all businesses should just be in it for the profits.

What did you do straight after Uni?

I got my first real HR job as HR Co-ordinator at a 5 star hotel in Sydney. It was really good grounding & hospitality is a great industry to start out in.

Where is the best place you travelled since finishing school?

What a hard question! how can I choose? I’ve been to lots of amazing countries since finishing school. Italy & Greece would have to be up there. I also recently visited Boracay in the Philippines which was pretty amazing too.

Could you give a brief description of the different positions you have held since graduating uni and any highlights.

I spent 1.5 years in the HR Co-ordinator role at Sir Stamford Hotel, then I moved onto working in a similar role at Multiplex in the Construction industry, then I moved to London for 2.5 years & that’s where I discovered internal recruitment was what I wanted to do. It’s the best part of the employee lifecyle & HR overall. Highlights for me in London would be working for British Airways recruiting for Cabin Crew. The Assesment Centres were lots of fun! London was also where I got a foot in the door in HR in Finance where I worked for M&G Investments. Then I moved back to Sydney & I spent 4 x years as a Recruitment Specialist at ING. Working at ING would have to be the best job I’ve had so far, the company culture, the people & working environment were awesome. I have now been living in Hong Kong for coming up to 2 years in my current role at Bloomberg who are a leading provider of Financial News, Data & Analytics. My Hong Kong experience has had many ups & downs. People say Hong Kong is like the New York of the East, so if you can survive here you can survive anywhere! The shopping, roof top bars & opportunity to travel around Asia are all a plus.

 

What piece of wisdom would you give to yourself as a Year 12 student?

 Don’t worry if you haven’t figured out what career you want to have - it’s hard to know at such a young age! Certain life experiences will happen & you will realise where your key strengths are & that will lead you to your chosen career. Even though I’ve had a pretty solid HR career since finishing Uni I still have moments where I wish I did Marketing or Events or something more creative & I think about completely changing career paths! I think it’s also normal these days not to just have the same one job for life. People take different career directions, make sideway moves etc & it’s not all about climbing to the top & becoming CEO!

 

Business/Commerce/Economics style courses
Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW) – 2012 ATAR 96.30
Bachelor of Commerce (USYD) – 2012 ATAR 94.05
Bachelor of Business (UTS) – 2012 ATAR 93.00
Bachelor of Economics(USYD) – 2012 ATAR 90.25

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hongkong

Hong Kong Facts

  • Population - 7 million
  • It boasts one of the world’s highest per-capita concentrations of cafes and restaurants at one restaurant for every 600 people.
  • It has the most skyscrapers in the world, with 8,000 buildings having more than 14 floors, almost double that of New York.
  • Personal income tax or salary tax starts at 2% and goes up to 17% for income above HKD 120,000.
  • The official languages of Hong Kong are Cantonese and English
  • Hong Kong boasts of more Rolls Royce cars per person than any other city in the world
  • Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world with more than 7 million people packed into 415 square miles