I am Holly (Leung) and I joined the JET programme in 2018. My Current BU is Jardine Restaurant Group, and I previously studied Sociology at LSE.
Why join JETS?
I joined JETS after working briefly at a small Hong Kong local social enterprise, where I was tasked with business improvement and starting up a new branch of the enterprise. It was there I discovered my interest in business and I wanted to gain technical skills and experience in managing a business.
JETS is the only programme I found which aimed at training generalists in business management and would give me that all-rounded exposure I wanted. I was interested in learning from the best, and Jardines has a rich history and many well-know, successful businesses in Hong Kong. This coupled with the diversity of industries and flexibility of the programme makes it one of the most ideal programmes for me.
What three top tips would you give your fellow Bright Network members?
- Stay Open-minded. When I was a fresh graduate, I was pretty set on working in the public sector or at a non-profit organisation. That mindset stopped me from considering a wider range of job opportunities.
- Consider a wide range of factors when choosing a career/ company. Apart from compensation and prestige, it is important also to consider things like company culture, lifestyle and personal growth & development. You do spend a lot of time at work!
- Don’t worry! Maybe you have friends who seem so much more prepared/ have got offers already. Just focus on being the best version of yourself, be prepared, so when the right opportunity comes you will be able to grasp it.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part?
As we have revamped the online assessments, so better mention something about the AC
Toughest part was probably not being affected by other applicants. I was the only person at the AC without a finance/ business management degree, but was the only person who walked away with an offer that day.
I remember other applicants being so nervous and in a way scaring themselves into not performing as well as they could. I had to consciously not be affected by that fearful atmosphere and retain my composure. JETS felt so out of reach for me back then, so I was grateful just to be there.
I tried to be friendly and calming for others throughout the day and so interestingly my favourite part of the AC was the sort of comradery I had developed with the other applicants by the end of the day.
Could you share your experiences in Jardines as a trainee?
I began the programme in Zung Fu HR, working on revamping Zung Fu's orientation programme for new joiners and worked with my team on reviewing company policies and deploying employee engagement projects.
Next, I rotated to the CE Office to work under Benjamin Birks, then CEO of Zung Fu, during a critical time- the establishment of Jardine International Motors. It was a great opportunity to learn and participate in such a critical project, and I felt humbled by the experience of working with senior leaders, witnessing critical decision making first-hand.
In my second year, I joined Jardine Restaurant Group as a Group Finance Analyst right at budget season. I had a chance to work with senior leaders on putting together the 2020 budget. I also participated in a key project- Project Fuel, a Zero Based Budgeting project with consulting company Bain. I led a cost package and identified various cost optimisation opportunities.
Sharing of a day of your current work life
I have rotated to Pizza Hut Operations since late April, and have been working on introducing a digital A.I. sales forecasting and rostering tool for our stores across Hong Kong and Taiwan. My current work life is a PM role which consists of a lot of communication with different internal & external stakeholders via emails and meetings to align, recommend & decide next course of actions. I also prepare, gather & provide necessary information & documents to ensure all relevant parties are involved and updated. As a PM in charge of driving the process, I also do a lot of problem solving and stakeholder management.