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Language Barrier? More like Learning Experience.

28.6.2018 | lifestyle.
Reynier Manuel

Reynier Manuel

Summer Intern - Finance

Working as a Finance Intern in West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCDA) has given me an opportunity to gain much more office experience. I have learned a lot about the operations of WKCDA and its working culture. For instance, in the Finance Department, we have teams to run our operations, such as the Projects Team and Reporting Team. I feel grateful because of how supportive and cohesive our teams are. Occasionally, my mentor would come to my desk and catch up with me about the work I was doing and would give me feedback or support. The friendliness in the office gives a positive mood that gets people productive.

In the first week of the internship, I struggled a bit when speaking or hearing Chinese from my co-workers and fellow interns. As a Filipino, I seldom use Chinese and would always use English to communicate. This gave me an opportunity to think about the language barrier as more of a challenge. This kind of mindset could be applied when turning a negative experience or struggle into a learning lesson. One of my goals is to be able to speak Chinese with confidence throughout and after my internship.

The experience I have gained so far has been interesting and fruitful, I have learned how to produce dashboards for the Management Business Review which are important when presenting the financial reports. Moreover, I have done some administrative works such as scanning and creating excel templates for the Finance Department to use in the future.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

In the following months, I hope to gain extensive knowledge and experience about Finance and get to mingle with other colleagues. I would like to thank my mentor and fellow colleagues for welcoming us interns with their support and care! Looking forward to working with you all. To all the summer interns, wish you all the best in the coming weeks and hope to get to know you all by the end of the internship period!

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