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Our Internship Scheme offers a unique opportunity for a young alumnus to gain valuable skills and work experience during a three month work placement with Strix in their Hong Kong office!
Working alongside Strix's Senior Business Analyst, the intern will work on multiple key projects, increase skill levels across a number of disciplines and, equally as important, enjoy the unique experience of living and working within Hong Kong and its diverse and multi-cultural environment.
Strix is at the forefront of development, manufacture and sales of safety control systems for small domestic appliances and filtration systems for filter kettles, fridge jugs and chilled water units, offering first-class quality and value to their customers across the world. Their global market share of the kettle safety control industry is 38 per cent. Strix retains its international presence with its head office in the Isle of Man and offices across the United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong. The Company employs over 850 people worldwide, selling its products in over 100 countries around the world.
The Scheme was launched in 2017 and Oliver Mealin (OKW 2001-2015) was first ever recipient of the Barrovian Alumni Internship with Strix.
It was an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
I have worked on and contributed to various projects, both within teams and on my own. These projects have been presented to Strix and are used within the company today. I have been a part of international conference calls between Strix employees and external parties and even had the opportunity to be involved and experience a company floatation on the London Stock Market. Coupled with visiting the Strix factory in China, it has allowed me to obtain a much wider perspective of how an international company operates.
Everything I did contributed to a truly captivating working environment where Strix values its interns and entrusts them with important tasks which contribute to the running of the company, as opposed to simply creating work to keep an intern busy.
The internship also provided Oliver with the opportunity to travel and sample life in the Far East.
I have hiked up mountains next to skyscrapers, visited historic Temples and monuments and been able to explore other south-east Asian countries over a weekend break. I sampled and enjoyed a huge variety of foods from the east and made new friends and lifelong contacts from all over the world including Hong Kong, China and America.
The staff of Strix in Hong, especially Catherine, welcomed me, encouraged me and enabled me to learn about and take part in the work of a renowned international company – thank you for a truly wonderful experience.
I also want to thank King William's College for helping organise an incredible internship and I am happy to know they will be continuing to offer this opportunity for years to come so others may benefit and enjoy what I have. I'd encourage all OKW under the age of 25 to seriously consider applying for the 2018 Internship. Not only will you have the chance to benefit in the same way I have, but you can look back in years to come and realise that this really was an opportunity not to be missed.
Kara Hughes-Jones, Head of External Relations for King William's College and The Buchan School, said:
This new internship provided Oliver with a wonderful opportunity to gain valuable experience, not just benefitting his future career prospects, but his personal development. It's an initiative that supports the breadth and depth of the International Baccalaureate, which all sixth form students at King William's College study, and will provide future alumni with the opportunity to further explore their career path.
In addition to the valuable work experience, the internship provides an incredibly opportunity to experience life in Hong Kong. Here is a video Ollie made of his time there...
For further information or to discuss how your company could get involved with this exciting scheme please contact +44 (0) 1624 820470 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“OKWs around the world share a common background of having spent some of the most memorable times together on the Isle of Man. Those memories and values we share due to our time at King William’s College are unique.”OKW