Global Sources company tour: A perfect mix of fun and networking
We set off on the much-awaited company tour of Global Sources Shenzhen office on May 22, after wrapping up the school year. Assignments, examinations and term papers off our heads and ready to embark on internships and careers with Global Sources and Hinrich Foundation, we were relaxed but slightly nervous.
The 45-minute train journey to Shenzhen was over even before the seven-member team, hailing from Bangladesh, China, India and Vietnam immersed in discussions on Hong Kong experience, forthcoming travel plans and placements, realized.
Global Sources company tour
The day-long tour turned out to be a perfect mix of fun and networking. After an elaborate and icebreaker lunch with Hinrich Foundation alumni now working in key positions with Global Sources, we headed to our destination as dark skies opened up turning the weather gloomy. But the office of Global Sources was anything but that. Swanky interiors, warm staff with plenty of targets and deadlines to meet, floor after floor we got to see how things work in a corporate set up. We realized it is definitely not a cakewalk.
Chandler Shan, HR professional with Global Sources, led the tour, helping us understand the businesses through a short video, a power point presentation followed by a question and answer session. He said GS gives utmost importance to employee well-being and incorporates fun activities periodically to make the work culture dynamic and open. The latest in line is the upcoming Badminton Championship. This allayed our fears that GS is all about work and no play.
I personally was oblivious of the fact that GS, listed on NASDAQ since 2000, brings out 19 different industry-specific magazines and that they are popular in the industry circles. Being a journalism graduate, I was amazed.
My teammates were impressed. “It’s impressive to see the wonderful working environment and professional operations of Global Sources. I will start my internship here in a month and this tour exposed me to different departments, key operations and got to personally interact with my future colleagues,” said Wu Haoqi, HF scholar from mainland pursuing Bachelor of Business Administration at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).
For Chandu Gopalakrishnan, HF scholar from India pursuing Master of Arts in International Journalism also from HKBU, it was the first trip to the mainland. “Understanding a multinational corporation like Global Sources in close quarters was a different experience all together. What I saw was not a firm but a group of committed individuals working towards a common goal.”
As we left one floor and entered another in the high rise where GS operations are spread over five floors, we became more and more eager to work here. “The innovative reward system for high-performing employees is interesting and motivating,” said Mohammed Ramzan Miah, VF-HF scholar from Bangladesh pursuing M Sc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
So is the case with Mohammed Mosaddeq Allama, VF-HF scholar from Bangladesh and Ramzan’s classmate. “Before this tour I was clueless about the business model of GS. I also like the employee-friendly culture. Meeting alumni was an icing on the cake.”
As we completed the tour, we realized it was time to go but for our teammates Wu Haoqi and Eileen Chow, who have their internships lined up with GS, they were going only to return.
About the author – Bushra Baseerat