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Friday 27-Nov-2015
不甘安於平穏 談創業憶留英生活 – Vincent Kwok

Vincent是我認識多年的好朋友,他的經歷帶給我意想不到的驚喜 —— 11歲赴英,畢業後Vincent竟由四大會計師樓,跳到自己創業做花旗參飲品批發。由平步青雲到荊棘滿途,Vincent所踏過的路,,值得大家細味一下。


為自由赴英國 踏過滿途荊棘

我們由在英國讀書開始講起,Vincent決定赴英的理由令我啼笑皆非。「我11歲去英國升學,當初原因有點兒戲:小時候被父母管束著,很想去外國呼吸『自由的空氣』。」兒戲的理由背後,其實有著無限大的勇氣。留學英國,成為Vincent人生路上一大磨練。「還記得,在學校的第一天我就哭了。原來我不捨得家。我不敢和別人談話,太害羞,但又總不能自己一人生活,因此我漸漸願意『開金口』結識新朋友。有了經驗,之後升讀初中,,很容易就適應新環境了。 」他笑言。





教育培養人際技巧 勇闖創業之路

是甚麼原因讓培養出Vincent成熟的思想和待人接物態度?「英國教育給我最大的得著,是如何管理人際關係。英國學校設有Prep time,學生多會參加活動,亦會與其他同學聯誼。我參加過Rugby Team、Football Team、鋼琴班和Badminton Team。令我漸漸了解到在現實社會裡與人交流的重要性。直到我出身工作,加入Deloitte(德勤),更體會到無論對內對外都需要人際技巧,這是英國教育教曉我的。」


談到工作,Vincent稱:「我在Deloitte工作兩年,然後辭職。」從中學開始讀Wellington College,之後升讀University College London,繼而受聘於四大會計師樓之一。聽來Vincent一帆風順,為何辭職呢?「其中一位大學同學家族經營花旗參批發,令我開始認識花旗參的好處,特別是對年輕人。從中看到商機,萌生創業念頭。」於會計師樓工作,在不少港人眼中是「筍工」,辭職的決定艱難嗎?「當時身邊九成的親朋好友都勸我別辭職。那時我還有九個月就能取得CPA牌,正式成為會計師。幸得一位朋友鼓勵,才令我勇敢起來,果斷放棄別人眼中的『高薪厚職』。至今我從未後悔。」


把握學習機會 別太計較薪金



由計算機走到花旗參,Vincent已邁出成功第一步,為自己創造機會的,。現在,他的花旗參飲品已走進高級超市,成績鼓舞。無論未來的路如何,相信Vincent的勇氣和衝勁也可以陪他走過人生的高高低低。Good Luck!

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