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 Chapter Leader Profile - Hong Kong

Name: Ying Perrett

Chapter Founded: 1990s (by Steve Tam)

Chapter leader since: 2006

 

"The staff in Oxford Brookes were all warm and friendly and made me feel at home. I had a great time and wanted to give back to the university."

Ying Perrett, Chapter Leader Hong Kong

 

Why did you choose to study at Oxford Brookes?

Oxford Polytechnic was ranked one of the top Polytechnics in the UK. I had been working and had done some Computer Science courses, and the CMS department in Brookes was ranked quite high in the league tables then. The draw of the town and its History also contributed to my choice. It did help that my aunt’s colleague’s daughter is also a Brookes graduate which was of great help with the reputation of the university.

What is your best memory of Brookes?

Having chat and cook out sessions in the halls with my hall mates. Learning another culture and way of thinking. I remember observing that the weather in the UK enabled us to use outside window sill as a refrigerator of sorts.

I miss my Brookes Friends, I try to see them whenever I can. Me and my friend in Ipswich, 2016

 

What do you miss the most about Brookes?

The tutors, the lifestyle and the friends. Yes, even the weather. So, basically, everything.

What did you do after you graduated from Brookes?

I became an IT journalist, first as a paid intern with IT Asia and then with Computerworld as a full professional reporter. I went on to become an industry analyst and worked in blue chip IT firms after such as IBM and Autodesk.

What advice would you give to a current student?

When you get to Oxford Brookes, take time to appreciate the place, the culture, without neglecting your academic pursuits, of course. Do not be afraid to approach the tutors and lecturers for help if you need any. They are there to help you succeed. Make friends and reach out to the locals, you will almost inevitably end up with a friend for life especially with modern technology on your side.

Feel free to reach out to anyone of us. If I am in the midst of a busy time, there are others who can help as well

What inspired you to join your chosen career?

I have always wanted to become a journalist but was met with objections from my very Asian family. Thus, I went with what my family wanted me to study. However, obtaining my degree meant I was able to break free and do what I wanted. So, I combined my IT degree and my love for writing and the English language.

Did attending an international university benefit you professionally, personally and academically?

It enabled me to appreciate different cultures and thinking styles as well as developed my dry sense of humour which helped with relating with my non-Asian colleagues and clients. As one might know, Asian culture is a lot about “face” which does put a barrier to communication.

What inspired you to volunteer for your chapter?

The staff in Oxford Brookes were all warm and friendly and made me feel at home. I had a great time and wanted to give back to the university. Thus, when the opportunity arose for me to be part of the team that were setting up an alumni in Singapore, I volunteered and never looked back. In 2005, an opportunity arose for me to return to Hong Kong to work on a consulting basis for a project. The first thing I did was to contact the Alumni chapter lead in Hong Kong. Without sounding too cliché, the rest, as they say, is History. It was almost inevitable that I would be part of the alumni in Hong Kong too.

Alumni Event in Hong Kong, May 2016 hosted by Pro-Vice Chancellor, Paul Inman, Deputy Director of External Relations, Ceri Butcher and International Alumni Project officer, Martina Adamcikova

 

What advice would you give to a recent graduate?

Join the alumni in your country/city if there is one. For international students, your family will probably expect career achievements after financing you overseas for an education. However, remember that all work and no play makes one a dull person. The alumni is to help you develop a network as well. If you are going to be based in Hong Kong, please feel free to approach me. I can help give advice and tips regarding your CV on a voluntary basis.

Aug 2016