International careers in Asia
The atmosphere was welcoming, culturally diverse and entrepreneurial – both inside and outside of work. Her colleagues were kind, helping her navigate the city. Many of them were from all over Asia, from Taiwan and Thailand to Vietnam.
“I feel like I know much more about different parts of Asia now, and I made some great friends there. I'm still in touch with them today,” she says.
At first, she experienced a culture shock. Everything from the smell of the air to the food was so different to anything she’d experienced in Serbia.
“I had no idea that you could spend your entire day inside a shopping mall,” she says.
“After work, when I went for a walk, my colleague would look at me with alarm and say ‘why are you going outside, it’s 33 degrees and 90% humidity?!’”
For Tijana, the cuisine was one of the best aspects of Hong Kong. She loved trying authentic Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine. And one evening, a colleague even took her to a traditional restaurant to sample local delicacies. She tried everything from wonton noodles to sweet egg buns.
From inside, the city is a concrete jungle – densely populated and full of towering skyscrapers. But Hong Kong is also surrounded by mountains and impressive vistas – hiking is one of the best things to do there. Direct trains from the city centre reach the trails in only thirty minutes.
On weekends, Tijana’s colleagues took her to admire the green forested hills and picturesque sea views of places like Lantau and sunset peaks. And sometimes she’d visit the beaches, which were often empty.
“It was a total cultural immersion,” she says.
While Zühlke’s Hong Kong office is home to many international cultures, everything has one thing in common – the same friendly, collaborative atmosphere that permeates all of Zühlke’s locations. We are proud of our open and honest feedback culture, much like the one Tijana experienced in Serbia.