Why did you decide to intern abroad with Absolute Internship?
Nino: It's quite simple really. An idea of spending my summer working in London did not appeal to me and when I found out about an opportunity to intern in Hong Kong for 2 months, it did not take me more than 5 seconds to think and say, "Yes!" Absolute Internship ticked all the boxes. They took on the organisation of the internship itself, a place to live, things to do on weekdays and the weekends, getting the visa, full time on-site support and once accepted onto the program all I had to do was get together few documents, send them to Hong Kong and book a flight.
What made this experience unique and special?
Nino: Apart from travelling to the other end of the world to a country I have never been to before… quite a few things actually. We had a Program Coordinator who was there for us 24/7. Whether we needed to buy water or what we could do on the weekends - he was there for us at all times. Asian culture was quite unfamiliar to me and having someone there who you could rely on and always ask for help made me feel safer. And of course the other interns! I met very interesting people and we have stayed in touch.
How has this experience impacted your future?
Nino: Professionally - it gave me a taste as to what it would be like if I decided to work in Hong Kong permanently but more importantly, it really defined my future path because I realised not only what I want my job to be like but also what I don't want it to be like. Working with different people gives you a chance to get insights into various industries that your colleagues have worked in. It is priceless to know what it really is like behind the scenes and this is what I got from this internship.
What was the highlight of your experience?
Nino: We had couple of speaker events, and by this I mean meetings, sitting at the same table with people for whom time is money. It was not only pleasantly shocking to know that people of such importance spent their time to talk to some interns but also insightful into the reality of doing business in Asia. As can't say that these meetings changed my life but they certainly made me think about some things.
What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Hong Kong?
Nino: Unless there are some health of legal issues to consider I would not think about it for more than 5 seconds and just go for it! My experience was worth every penny I paid for it (to answer the most common question people have). I have done my research around companies that offer similar services and have met people who have used them… I can honestly say that Absolute do their job well. You will be well looked after and won't regret it. The only thing I would recommend to consider is the weather, it does get quite humid and hot, but there is air conditioning everywhere.