Each year, some Economics students from Albany Senior High School are able to undergo a work experience program in Hong Kong which includes attendance at the South East Asian Economics Forum. In what must be the highlight of their secondary schooling, these students gain extremely valuable insight into the high pressure business world, plus the opportunity of work experience in a very unique environment.
Each visit includes a few social events such as a trip around Hong Kong Harbour and a funicular ride to the Peak, Hong Kong’s highest point, as well as the work experience program at the CLSA Investment Bank. During the week, the students have the opportunity to work alongside Research Analysts and Traders to put together a mock investment package based on two fictitious fast food companies. On the final morning, the students present their research findings to a board of senior analysts and department heads from the CLSA Bank, after which they face a 90 minute questioning session.
Included in the program is a visit to Bloomberg, a company which collects and collates up to the minute financial information and pinpoints events that may impact upon the world financial market. Here, students learn how to use the company’s sophisticated intranet to access global statistical data.
The program is capped off by a visit to the World Economic Forum to mix with guest speakers, delegates and investors. The students listen to key note speakers and gain valuable insight into key economic issues in the world - at the minute. In previous years, students viewed presentations from Jarrad Diamond, Marc Veber and even David Beckham!
The Hong Kong Work Experience Program could not occur but for the fantastic support of ex ASHS student, Laurie Young, and a number of generous local sponsors.