Internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers

RAI Sharon (6F15)

Having joined the SHINE Project, I was able to get a two-day internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). My experience there was full of learning opportunities and discoveries about the corporate world.

PwC is the world’s largest professional services firm, offering auditing, tax, consulting and advisory services. While a considerable percentage of its workforce comprises of auditors and accountants, PwC is also reputed for its remarkable consulting department.

Since I was only job shadowing for two days, I wasn’t able to take on any heavy work like doing market research or developing a full strategic plan for a client. However, with my mentor’s guidance, I did learn that the consulting department was separated into several teams. My mentor was in a team for people and organisation. She was responsible for helping a client company reorganize their human resources and write a full report on how her team’s plan helps them.

Moreover, at PwC, I attended a team meeting, during which members reported updates about their current mission or discussed future company goals. That was possibly the most memorable experience I had at the company.

PwC also has a really interesting and meaningful program for their employees. It’s called “lunch and learn”, which happens once a month. Employees gather around for a department lunch and attend a specifically organized talk which aims to educate them.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and I was thoroughly surprised by the relatively relaxed environment and the company’s aim to develop its employees’ capabilities.

PHAGAMI Merina (6R17)

My job shadow experience was at a multinational firm called PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC is involved in many different kinds of jobs, such as accounting, risk management, etc. In general, PwC gives advice to all kinds of companies, from multinational corporations to small family businesses, and helps them become more competitive in the market.

Everybody was constantly telling me that I can’t go anywhere without a good Chinese- speaking ability. That scared me a lot and stopped me from grabbing opportunities and trying new things. That took away a lot of my confidence and was one of my biggest limitations. When I read that the project was more focused on giving ethnic minority students a chance to explore and learn, I knew that I had to take this opportunity.

In one of the departments called the Accounting and Audit Department, I experienced the typical office working environment at a multinational firm. However, I also got to experience a less typical version of what people would call an ‘office’, as in everyone getting their own cubicle. They have what they call a ‘bar’, which has food and drinks that you can enjoy with your colleagues after office working hours or during the occasional ‘party’. They believe that this increases work efficiency as staff members are allowed to take breaks and make changes when needed, which motivates them to work harder.

From the job shadowing experience, I learnt that I don’t have to do be a doctor, a lawyer, or a teacher in order to make a difference in people’s lives. We can also influence people by working at a firm like PwC. While at PwC, I got to experience this monthly event they have called ‘Lunch and Learn’. Last month, there was a talk by one of the top businesswomen in the UK on the healthcare system of Hong Kong. The Consulting Department is basically responsible for helping companies be better at what they are. In the case of the healthcare industry, PwC could give advice to the Hospital Authority, to health insurance companies, etc. Different industries are performing various roles in society and making peoples’ lives better. When the talk was over, the head of the department stood up and said, “If you have any ideas, feel free to tell us, and you could be the next person to change the healthcare system of Hong Kong”. The fact that I was in a room full of people that could change our lives with just one idea was very inspiring to me.

Before this experience, I couldn’t see myself living and working in Hong Kong at all since I had no hope in myself. However, these few days with my mentors have taught me that even if I can’t speak fluent Chinese and even if I’m not 100% sure of what I want to do in life despite being an S6 student, it’s not the end of the world. More than half the employees at PwC don’t know Chinese at all, a lot of them aren’t even from Hong Kong/ are ‘ethnic minorities’,

In the past, I felt confused about what to study and what to be in the future. From the job shadowing experience, I learnt that I don’t have to limit myself to be a doctor, a lawyer, or a teacher, etc. Many of the PwC employees have a completely different degree from what they’re doing right now, one of the employees even worked at Disney before working at PwC, and one of the company’s partners, who everybody knows, is a Punjabi guy from London. This experience has helped me to understand that what I have studied may not be totally relevant to my job but what skills and qualities I have learnt at school and will learn at university are more important and transferable. This has taught me that career is a process of personal and professional development rather than a degree or a job.


Orbis SAC Trip

by Lam Hin Kwan Kian (5W12)

“ There is no better joy than helping people around you go to levels higher than they ever thought they could ” – Dan Gilbert


Last year, our school was the second runner-up in the Orbis fund raising activities. I am so glad that I was chosen by the school and had an opportunity to travel to Shandong with the staff from Orbis, to join the “sight-saving journey”.

I would like to use the word “Lucky” to describe this trip. Firstly, our flight was delayed because of the typhoon in Hong Kong, so I think we were lucky that we could begin our trip again the day after.

Secondly, we had the opportunity to watch eye surgeries which were done by the local doctors in the domestic ophthalmic hospital. It was a rare chance for us to know about the structure of the hospital and how they help the patients who suffer from eye diseases.

Thirdly, we went to visit some of the patients who were subsidized by Orbis and in recovery after eye surgery. We realized that most of the patients were aged from1 to 3. I was disheartened to know that the little children suffer from eye diseases. At the same moment, I was touched that they could help from Orbis and have a chance to recover or improve their sight after surgery.

We should understand that we are truly blessed. We were born in a good environment in which we can enjoy advanced medical treatment. This trip reminded me to treasure everything I have and be thankful for everything. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Orbis and everyone who helped the people in need with their selfless actions. I hope all my schoolmates can embody this spirit and find real happiness in life.

Brescia Girls LEAD Leadership Summer Camp ~ Day 13 ~

by Lam Tsz Yan Angel (4P11)

Today was the last day of the programme in Brescia. I enjoyed every moment here and I would like to stay here for a longer time. We went to YMCA for high and low events today! Some of us are valiant and were eager to try it, but I was surprised that some of us were so afraid of height. We encouraged everyone to give it a try and all of us had done well at last.


I learnt that there were many levels of leadership that leader can apply different strategies or characteristics for different tasks. There are no right or wrong in leadership styles, but we need to learn from our experiences to become the most effective leaders.


We had the Closing Ceremony today. During the ceremony, every group had to present its project, I loved to listen to their ideas. Listening is also an important way to learn more from the other experiences. By listening to the others, we could see from another perspective so that we could step out from our comfort zone and avoid being complacent and conservative.


We are going to leave tomorrow, I will miss Brescia and my councelors, and remember every moment that I spent here definitely.

Brescia Girls LEAD Leadership Summer Camp ~ Day 12 ~

by Lam Tsz Yan Angel (4P11)

The theme of today was “setting goals”. We finished our projects by using the SMART Goals model. Today was raining heavily outside, we were asked to stay indoor so that we didn’t go to YMCA for Low Ropes Course. Therefore, we had more time to work on our project. I typed out the training day’s proposal and my mentors were amazed by my work.


Afterwards, we made thank-you cards for our mentors, bus drivers and staff who helped us a lot during the summer camp. I really appreciated for their support. Without them, we could not enjoy such a successful and meaningful trip.


We learnt different types of bracelets making tonight. When all of us were making the bracelets at the same time, it really turned the room into a bracelet factory. Although our councelors were really exhausted, they still taught us how to make different types of bracelets patiently. I would like to express my gratitude to them!

Brescia Girls LEAD Leadership Summer Camp ~ Day 11 ~

by Lam Tsz Yan Angel (4P11)

The theme of today is “making changes”. We were asked to prepare a project to identify an issue in our world and how we could make a real change! We started planning today and we would present it at the closing ceremony on Friday. We developed a plan to educate the society, and prepared a training day for Form 4 to 5 girls to help them explore the issue.


We went to London Food Bank in the afternoon for volunteering. I enjoyed the time there as we needed to pack food in hampers for the people in need to take away. It was a different volunteering experience as we did not meet the people in need in person and would not receive any thanks from them. It was still a meaningful activity.


I thought this experience was also similar to one of the leadership styles. As a leader, we could always support our subordinates in different ways, either directly or indirectly. As an indirect leadership, we don’t need to tell people what to do or force them to do anything. Thus, a quiet person can be a successful leader if he or she knows how to motivate people.

Brescia Girls LEAD Leadership Summer Camp ~ Day 10 ~

by Lam Tsz Yan Angel (4P11)

It was a tiring day as we went to Western University to swim in the morning. Then, we went back to the lounge for framing the Teamwork and Girls COOK Planning. I did not concentrate so we did not do serious plan for tonight’s cook. It led to our failure tonight.


In the afternoon, we did teamwork activities and our team did great. We learnt to use different communication styles, verbal, non-verbal and body language, to facilitate the process. We only had half hour free time before we started our challenge in the food lab. I was assigned to wash vegetables. I just sat down and did not intend to help my teammates after I finished my job. It was not a great choice of action for sure. Our assistant camp coordinator found that some girls touched the utensils in a drawer after they handled raw meat. I was asked to wash the whole drawer and the utensils inside. I had a complex feeling as I felt innocent at first, but I stayed silence and took the responsibility for my team.


Finally, it took us three hours to finish all sets of dish, but we failed to finish as we left three bowls of flat rice noodles behind. After dinner, we had the LEAD logs section as usual, everyone talked about their difficulties and weaknesses. It was the time that I truly expressed my feelings to my group. Josie, our counsellor gave us great comments. She mentioned it was not a punishment for me to wash the drawer but it was a trust for my leadership. After I heard that, I cried and felt so heart touching.

Brescia Girls LEAD Leadership Summer Camp ~ Day 9 ~

by Lam Tsz Yan Angel (4P11)

Today is the 9th day of the trip. We learnt to understand the differences between one another today. We had a guest lecture by Professor Wei Wei DA, she came from Beijing and has taught Family Studies in Brescia since 2005! After the lesson, we understood that there must be diversity among all of us. We should try to bring out the strengths in others and cooperate with others in order to make a great team.


In the afternoon, we went to Western University nearby and had an Amazing Race! It was a great idea for us to know more about the Western culture and we could buy books there!


We made our own dream catcher with the help from the locals there, they taught us the original version with different materials. When we were making the dream catcher, it was like running into a maze. We dived deep and it was endless. When the string went to the middle of it, we need to brace it backward. Making a dream catcher was like facing a difficult situation, we would get lost, but we could always find the way out eventually. We should always stay positive when we are facing difficulties and in adversity.