Every Day Is an Education

Jonny Blair (2011-2012 Hong Kong)

Q: Where do you come from?
A: Bangor in Northern Ireland.

Q: When did you go on your working holiday?
A: 5/2011-5/2012.

Q: Where did you go for your working holiday and why?
A: I did three working holidays - in Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand. The reason is just because I like to move around, experience different cultures and become nomadic. In Hong Kong, I stayed for a full year.

Q: What kinds of jobs did you do, and what kinds of courses did you take during your working holiday?
A: I mostly did bar work - I prefer to work in the customer service industry. But I also worked in farming, in schools as a teacher and doing some PR (Public Relations) work. My first job in Hong Kong was in an Irish Pub in Tsim Sha Tsui and I loved it. I later moved into teaching English, as it's a common and easy job to get for any foreigner in Hong Kong.

Q: Tell us one of your most unforgettable memories in your working holiday.
A: I have so many positive memories. Working in the Irish Pub in Hong Kong was brilliant as I got to meet so many different types of people. I also dressed as Santa Claus in a Kindergarten in Hong Kong and we toured Ocean Park and the Peak with all the children.

Q: What is the greatest reward you have got from your working holiday?
A: The greatest reward is just the gift of having lived in a Chinese speaking environment which is historic and culturally rich. You learn so much about their culture and you feel every day is an education.

Q: Can you give 3 tips for young people who wish to visit the working holiday destination of your choice?
Be confident and ready for anything
Meet as many people as you can
Use your working holiday as a springboard for more travels and adventures in the future

Q: Is there any extra thing you would like to tell us?
A: Try to stay in Kowloon or the New Territories if you can. I find Hong Kong Island a very over-worked and chaotic place where people seem to value money and work more than family and friends. Don't fall into that trap - live your own life of freedom.

Note: The views and comments expressed in individual sharings are the authors' own and do not reflect the views of the Labour Department. Working holidaymakers are advised to research thoroughly and check up for updated and verified information before departure.