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I think what helped most was the close relationship held by the staff which fostered a rare sense of camaraderie

Launching a career in international business is not for the faint of heart. Making overseas connections, learning new customs, and competing on a global-scale require tenacity, adaptability, and a willingness to take risks.

In one whirlwind adventure, Beedie Business student, Derek Woo, gained first-hand insight into how leading Canadian businesses operate overseas when he left Vancouver for the opportunity of a lifetime. During his four-month co-op position with Canada’s Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Derek had the opportunity to meet and network with Canadian companies abroad, put his marketing and business skills to work, and participate in events including Canada’s 150th, the SFU Alumni Gala, the 5th annual Terry Fox Run, and more.

Derek in HongKong

We caught up with Derek at the end of his journey to hear his reflections on an incredible experience:

“Looking back, it is hard to believe how apprehensive I was when I first walked into the office on September 4th. Since then, however, I experienced many unforgettable moments with the Chamber, such as attending events at the Collier’s International office in Central Plaza, running around the city with a dolly full of chairs and catered canapes, and welcoming the Chief Executive of Hong Kong to our CE Luncheon. As awesome as the experiences were, however, I think what helped most was the close relationship held by the staff which fostered a rare sense of camaraderie - especially for such an influential organization in one of the top financial hubs in the world.”

To learn more about opportunities like Derek’s, visit SFU’s International Co-op homepage.

Derek in hongkong week 1

Follow Derek’s journey as he explores in Hong Kong and shares his experience one postcard at a time. Click here for more images.

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