Since being launched in June, Westminster Working Cultures has already given two groups of students the chance to experience working life in Hong Kong. The latest cohort of students returned recently from their trip, having had the opportunity to visit alumni in their work places – which included Bloomberg Media, events agency What If and architecture company Lead 8 – and make cultural trips to The Peak, Happy Valley and the Night Markets.
Westminster Working Cultures is a programme designed to enhance the employability of our undergraduate students and help them to develop skills they will be able to use after graduation. Each trip involves work shadowing, seminars and workshops hosted by alumni, and is funded by The Quintin Hogg Trust.
Our alumni in Hong Kong were crucial to the success of the project, generously volunteering their time, expertise and career advice to support our students in their personal development. In particular, the trip was made possible with the generous support of Westminster Social Sciences alumnus Mr Trevor Yang, who also welcomed the students to Hong Kong over dinner on their first evening and hosted an exclusive alumni reception at the Hong Kong Club to end their trip.
New trips to Mumbai, Beijing and Washington DC
We are now excited to announce that we are offering a new trip to Mumbai, the financial capital of India, from 9-17 December 2017. Fourteen students will experience the working life and culture of the city and learn about the religion and politics, corporate India, social challenges and Bollywood.
As part of the trip we will be hosting an Alumni Reception on Saturday 16 December in Mumbai to give alumni a chance to socialise, network and meet the students. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Professor Alex Hughes will be there and will also be hosting an event in Delhi on Saturday 9 December.*
In addition to this, the Westminster Working Cultures programme is continuing to expand, with trips to Beijing and Washington DC being planned from September 2018.
Alumni are essential to making these trips happen and offering a rewarding, rich experience to our current students. If you would like to participate in these trips in any way, through allowing students to visit your workplace, or hosting seminars or workshops, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If you are in the region or have recently moved to India, please contact email@example.com to make sure we have your correct details to send you an invitation.