張頴琳 Wing Lam Cheung (HK)
香港理工大學The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
TAISE is my first internship corporate, as the “freshman” in the workplace, I thought that it was the best time to discover my interest and talent as I can have chance to experience every kind of jobs without any limitation.
At the beginning of my internship journey, I asked one of my colleague for some English translating jobs because I heard that she needed help in the weekly meeting. After that, English translation has become one of my main jobs in this internship period. I was so proud that I can apply my lingual talent to make the contribution. For the sake of polishing my translating skills, I tried to read some English news to learn how to use some formal and accurate words to express the news in a proper way. I thought that my organization and language have improved a lot. I never expected that I can improve my English writing skill before working in TAISE. I always thought that if I did not self-recommend to give a helping hand, my lingual ability would not be boosted. Equipping with better lingual skills can benefit my future, it can bring me a great convenience for communication and comprehending things.
Besides, I was arranged to be the photographer in some events too. It was my first time to handle this important job. It is not easy to be a professional photographer as I have to catch the best moment of the events, even the most stunning image of each participant. Unfortunately, one of the student commented that he looked “so ugly” in the photos, I felt sorry for this response. After completing this mission, I know that taking photo may not be my strength, but I will try to improve my skills in the future.
Mandarin is the mother language in Taiwan. Although I can fairly handle this language, I still faced some obstacles during communicating with locals, I tried to adapt to their talking speed and Taiwanese special terms for a few weeks. It was quite embarrassing to ask them to repeat their sentences. Luckily, most of my colleagues are friendly. They do not mind to slow down their talking speed and explain the meaning of special terms to me
In Taiwan. I was always asked where I come from, as I had special accent when speaking mandarin. Most of the time, I have to always introduce myself there. One of the most unforgettable experience was that I have to invite some experienced government officials by phone calling. I was very nervous as my manager said that people may reject to receive the call as they heard the strange accent. Fortunately, I can invite those people successfully.
Moreover, I usually had lunch in one of the restaurant nearby, so the boss can recognize me and knew that I come from Hong Kong. She was so nice and taught me to pronounce a lot of food name in mandarin.
TAISE was led by former Taiwan governmental official, Ambassador Chien. With his experience, he could always get special idea in organizing the activities which can effectively raise the public awareness on sustainable development issues. All of the colleagues have to work based on his ideas.
Obeying the rules and respecting others are the most valuable things I learnt from TAISE. For being obedient, every colleague has become my role model, as they worked hard to accomplish every expectation of Ambassador Chien and organize different events in every week. Those colleagues worked overtime usually and tried to achieve perfection. I truly admire their high working efficiency.
As for being respectful, everyone can have chance to express their views in every weekly meeting. They felt free to share their past experience to others who were newly in charge of the event. Also, the most impressive moment was that my superior—Yang, Ziying, who discovered my Chinese name was wrongly written by my colleague and reminded us to respect the name of others. I admire that she can put her full attention and carefulness on her job, which can also show the respect on her corporate and occupation.
Moreover, colleagues contributed a lot to friendly working environment. They were used to holding birthday celebration for their working partners. With the precious coincidence, I can join one of their celebration. They gave a big surprise to our manager and sang birthday song together. The whole atmosphere was full of happiness.
With the above-mentioned experience I acquired from TAISE, I have to give my sincere appreciation and thanks to all the colleagues who have helped me and encouraged me. Also, I am so grateful that Ms Yang and Ambassador Chien taught us a lot things, such as proper attitude and manner, which can help me to do better in the future workplace.