Everybody had a dream when he/she was young, how many of them really paved their ways to fulfill their dreams? A GBSM year 2 student, Francis Chan, actively participates in different competitions and broadens his exposures to realize his dream.
"I take great pride as a year 2 student majoring in Global Business Systems Management (GBSM) in City University of Hong Kong. Studying under the College of Business has always been very competitive, yet, fulfilling and enjoyable. I believe that being a student does not only mean excelling at our basic responsibility, studying, but also pursuing dreams and goals in our lives, outside our curriculum. Doing so will never be possible if my department does not support me from behind. In this recent semester, I stepped out from my comfort zone, trying things that I have never done before and, surprisingly, the results turned out to be quite satisfying."
He took part in the Project CG! 2014 Marketing Competition alongside with his teammates from other colleges and majors in late 2013. The competition required each team to compete with representatives from all the other universities in HK by completing four different marketing tasks for four independent companies, namely, Bausch & Lomb, Benefit, HSBC and Estée Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Francis and his teammates had to create an array of marketing elements, including composing an original song's music video, holding huge campaigns and competitions at school and in public to arouse interests. "None of us major in Marketing, so all these were new to us and, frankly, challenging. But we dared to try and err. In the end, although we were not the overall champion, we were still entitled to three awards, including the awards for winning two out of four marketing tasks in role."
Apart from the marketing competition, Francis also received an aviation scholarship earlier this year awarded by a local pilot school, Aero Institute Hong Kong (AI-HK), a big leap to his dream-come-true. Aero Institute Hong Kong (AI-HK) was founded by an airline pilot. This scholarship includes a ground theory course and round trip air tickets to Sydney, Australia for 10 hours flight training.
"I have always dreamt of becoming an airline pilot since the age of 8. My aspiration was not only due to the famous local drama "Triumph in The Skies" a decade ago but mostly because of the fact that I have never lived a day without seeing an airplane due to living close to the old Kai Tak and the new Chek Lap Kok airport which sparked my never-stopping curiosity and immense affection towards planes and skies." He started taking concrete steps in realizing his dream last summer by studying pilot’s knowledge handbook, airports facts and figure for self-learning during free time after his academic studies and also flying flight simulation etc.
The selection processes lasted about 4 months, 4 stages, with English test, Group exercise, Individual Panel interview and a final chat with the founder of AI-HK. "The screening process was thorough and harsh, and I had a hard time going through those. However, with that said, I managed to struggle through one stage to the other and was finally awarded the only place for this scholarship in late June."
Being the first person entitled to this scholarship and with all the trainings and resources Francis have gained access to, this is genuinely a huge step towards his career goal.
"I have always believed that no matter how hard and new things are, there is always room for me to try. And though, through this journey, I fell, I failed, I have never been competing with the others but myself. I have only been trying my best in improving myself and learning through the mistakes I made which, I would say, is good enough for me."
Never lose faith in what one can do, always test the limits. For Francis, "Sky's not even the limit".
Francis CHAN Wai Kit
BBA4 (GBSM) Cohort 2012 Student