As four students from YHKCC, we were given the opportunity to experience the life of a real-estate agent over the course of five days, working for the company ‘Locations’ located in Sai Ying Pun. Many sixteen year olds do not get the privilege of witnessing how a business operates from the perspective that we got - working at a company’s office and working alongside the team of experienced estate agents.
Our assigned aim of this work experience was to understand the integration of technology and research with marketing and how we can best promote the company using available sites, social media and what elements are used. At the start of the week, we were given a list of tasks to complete within the five days. This included; traveling around Hong Kong to capture photos, searching for popular real-estate websites, making note of realty keywords, and updating destination information in the company documents.
Before the first day of our work experience, we did not know what to expect and were eager to work with a successful company and a number of experienced team members. After meeting the team and attending a briefing with them, we realised that communication and building a strong relationship with colleagues is an important factor while running a successful business. As a part of our work, we were given the opportunity to explore attractions and significant landmarks of Hong Kong. While preparing for our day, we struggled with planning an efficient schedule and a practical route for our travels. We split off in pairs to travel around the central area of Hong Kong, this included; Lan Kwai Fong, Pottinger Street, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden, St. John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong Park, and the Mid-Level escalators. Despite the struggles, we were able to meet the demands of our job and capture amazing photos that could potentially be used for the ‘Locations’ media pages (e.g Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
On the second day, we were given the task to search for appropriate property/housing for clients which were then checked by real real-estate agents and were beneficial for the client - providing them with a wider range of options of housing. This allowed us to work independently and gave us an opportunity for self-discovery. While completing this task, we came across the challenge of selecting a property that met the client’s demands which lead to a limited selection of housing. We had to make our own fair judgement and felt the pressure of dealing with a real client. We also visited some iconic graffiti art walls along Hollywood Road in Central and took pictures of the many extravagant art works. In pairs, we went off to Tsim Sha Tsui by the Star Ferry, the Western Market and took a tram across Central, which gave us the perfect opportunity to take photos. We also went to Mong Kok and walked through the Ladies Market, and ate street food to fuel us for the rest of the day.
On the third day, we were not required to go into the office and were instructed to visit Stanley and Repulse Bay to take photos, in attempt to produce quality images.
Day four, we spent the majority of the day in the office updating information on the company’s reference documents. For example, we called car rental and furniture companies to confirm that ‘Locations’ saved information was up to date. These phone calls allowed us to improve our communication skills which are very important and applicable for future jobs. Alongside our boss, we looked at a property with a client in Sai Ying Pun. From this experience, we got an insight of what the day of a real-estate agent is really like.
On our last day at the office, we continued with updating documents and evaluated /reflected on our incredible experience of working at a real-estate agency.