Eric’s Career Advice: Prioritize tasks. Walk the extra miles. Be creative. Above all, enjoy!
I was born in Hong Kong, lived in Canada, studied in the United Kingdom, worked in Hong Kong, worked in China and for the South Korean government in Hong Kong. To me, living, studying and, now, working part-time in Munich is the best experience so far.
Back in time when I was working in China for the business development of 4-billion-Euros new property projects for a Hong Kong blue chip company, I was stunned by how much I could do when I once left office at 5:30 p.m. just like all other local colleagues did. I went grocery shopping, snooker, gym, dinner and arriving home at 8:30 p.m. – the time that I left my office on a normal day. Even though being among the first to be recommended to work in China by both the headquarters and the director in China meant a fast-track career, I started to realize that there are much more important things in life than work.
I wished for a career break and to experience a working life different from Hong Kong’s.
Sustainability is the future for all of us, TU Munich is one of the leading university in Germany and I adore Bavaria since I came here twice as a tourist. So I decided to have a break from working and to study for a Master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management in Munich. It is the best decision I have ever made so far – I have made friends from more than 30 different nationalities, of very different career stages and educational backgrounds. It is just an awesome eye-opening experience!
How I got interested in Allianz? I passed by Allianz’s logo every day when I was working in Central Hong Kong. The Allianz brand is certainly not anything foreign to me. I was overwhelmed when I realized that Allianz Group’s Global Headquarters is actually situated in Munich. As one of the few key employers in Munich that offers many student jobs in English, Allianz is the obvious choice.