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William Lee

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How my work abroad experience changed my life

Posted by William Lee on April 13, 2016 at 10:50 AM

University conversations usually lead to the question, “what do you want to do after school?” For me, my answer always changed. I'd answer with, "I want to be a partner at a large accounting firm!" or "I want to be an investment banker and make a ton of money!", and even "I want to be a consultant and fix companies problems!" After Hong Kong, I was dead set on doing one thing and one thing only; making things better than they were before.

To give some context, Hong Kong has the fourth largest population density (number of people per square kilometer) in the entire world. Over 6,500 people live together per square kilometer. Canada, in comparison, is 3.5 people per square kilometer. Mongkok, a famous shopping district in Hong Kong is credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most population dense location in the world, with over 130,000 people per square kilometer. When you have so many people squished into a tiny piece of land, how do you ensure everyone has the required space and resources?

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Topics: Go Global

What to research when choosing a country to work abroad in

Posted by William Lee on February 17, 2016 at 10:07 AM

What do you feel when you hear the words working abroad? For me, all I could imagine was the sightseeing, excitement and learning! Some of my most memorable moments in my life came from my internship at Palapple in Hong Kong. If going abroad is something that you are considering, here are some things to look out for when working internationally! 

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Topics: Go Global

Three defining experiences in Hong Kong

Posted by William Lee on December 9, 2015 at 12:16 PM

According to Google, Hong Kong is 9044 times smaller than Canada. Despite its small size, Hong Kong is home to some of the most unique recreational activities in the world. While there are an abundance of activities to do in Hong Kong, here are three of mine that shaped my overall Global Edge experience.

Ocean Park Hong Kong: Asia’s largest theme park

I had the opportunity to go to Ocean Park through my host company, Palapple, during my internship. Ocean Park was looking to build upon their current mobile app and my company submitted a proposal to develop the project for them. Ocean Park combines the excitement of a theme park with the learning experience of a zoo. It spans over 226 arces, which is divided into two sections, the Waterfront and the Summit and can be traversed by a cable car or railway system known as the Ocean Express. While I was there I was able to try all the attractions, which ranged from roller coasters to rapid river rides to seeing new animal exhibits, such as the koalas from Australia and an educational dolphin show. Ocean Park was an amazing experience, which lives up to the line that your parents would tell you when you were younger, “Learning can be fun!”

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Topics: Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Go Global

Going Global: The Ontario Global Edge program

Posted by William Lee on October 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Whenever I walked along the hallways of UOIT, I always had this itch to look at each poster and see what was new on campus. I wanted to see what UOIT had to offer, outside of the routine classroom lectures and tutorials.

The one poster that caught my eye and changed my outlook was a poster about an upcoming information session for the Ontario Global Edge (OGE) program.The OGE program allows UOIT students to work at start-up companies across the world. The concept is that students who go abroad can take their experiences they had overseas and apply it to companies in Canada to make Canada more competitive in the global marketplace.

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Topics: Academic, Faculty of Business and Information Technology