Learning new skills in the bright lights of Hong Kong
THE bright lights of Hong Kong proved a brilliant sight for Tweed Heads bank employee Simone Millar.
Miss Millar, of St George Bank Tweed City, recently returned home after a month of Group Study Exchange in China, organised by Tweed Heads South Rotary club.
The exchange in Hong Kong, Rotary District 3450, was focused on helping 26-year-old Miss Millar gain new skills which would be useful in her job as a customer service specialist at St George.
"I encountered so many different people and things," Miss Millar said.
"It was about personally and professionally developing someone in their field."
Miss Millar said she had learnt so much from her overseas jaunt, making it hard to pick just a specific learning experience that stood out.
"It is so hard to narrow it down," she said.
"Just with the cultural diversity...also learning about different banking systems.
"They're definitely leading the way in technology."
The St George employee faced quite a cultural shock upon landing in Hong Kong, but adapted to the situation quickly.
"By the end of it we felt really comfortable," she said.
"There was a team of us and we travelled to Beijing to go to the Great Wall of China and Thailand.
Miss Millar said it surprised her how thorough educational systems in China were.
"I think the education culture is so much better than Australia," she said.
"They look to better themselves in a business manner...they have to if they want to get anywhere in life."
She was approached by Tweed Heads South rotarian Charles Warrell about the exchange program, ran by his partner exchange organiser Wendy Scarlett.
Miss Millar said she was grateful for the once-in-a-lifetime experience and wanted to thank St George Bank and Tweed Heads South Rotary for their support.