Exactly 40 years ago Priscilla Cheung commuted by foot and the famous Star Ferry from her home in Sheung Wan (Hong Kong Island) to the office of Otto International at Star House in Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) to start her professional career in the apparel business.
Having finished school and inspired by an advertisement in the South China Morning Post, Priscilla applied for a job. Following a successful interview – Priscilla says it was her first and only ever interview – she started to work for what was, at the time, a young German company.
40 years on and we surprised her with a small “flower ceremony”. During a chat in Michael’s office and over lunch Priscilla shared a lot of interesting history with us about former times, special moments and the “hundreds” of people who have passed her way within the past 14,610 days!
As well as for the position in OI, Priscilla had applied for a couple of jobs in other companies at the time. Three months later, two of these companies also offered her employment. But by then and within OI, Priscilla had found the industry that she wanted to work in: the textiles sourcing business.
In 70s-80s, when Hong Kong was still in its industrial and manufacturing era, there were not many trading or sourcing companies. The working environment, career path and benefits that OI was offering were very attractive.
After some changes of department, she became a merchandiser. Although merchandising is a very busy business with long hours in the peak season, Priscilla still loves the job and feels great to have picked the right career path.
Priscilla has experienced both the best and the worst economic environment in Hong Kong during these 40 years. Even though it is a hard time for Hong Kong right now, she believes Hong Kong will find a way out.