Career Forum Apr 2016: Shadow a CEO Programme lets participants spend three days working side by side a top executive
Five senior executives await top candidates who successfully make their way through the various application stages of Classified Post’s latest Shadow a CEO Programme.
An unparalleled opportunity to experience three days in the life of a top executive in Hong Kong, the twice-a-year programme invites applications from students and fresh graduates who are keen to take a peek inside participating companies and gain insight on life in the upper levels of their chosen industry.
Successful “shadows” may be invited to join company meetings, participate in workshops, make presentations, accompany site visits and much more.
The quintet of senior executives consists of:
- Henry Cheung, CEO of Thales Transport & Security (HK)
- Richard Mallett, vice president of Thales Critical Information Systems & Cybersecurity, Asia Pacific
- Ricky Chan Hoi-ki, general manager and managing director of Johnson Controls
- Benjamin Vuchot, region president, Asia north at DFS Group
- Carlo Imò, president of Kering Asia Pacific
You can meet each executive and find out what he has planned for his shadows by clicking the links above.
In the previous programme, Shreya Roy Choudhury, a final-year student at the City University of Hong Kong, was selected to shadow Leong Cheung, executive director of charities and community at the Hong Kong Jockey Club. She said she was inspired by the club’s senior leaders, who welcomed the shadows with open arms.
“I think this highlighted the fact that they really were looking to give us an opportunity to mingle with executives from the senior management level and learn from them,” she said.
Jenny Chan Mei-ching, a recent graduate from Newcastle University in the UK, found her experience shadowing Franz Hotton, managing director of Pernod Ricard Hong Kong and Macau, helped her learn more about herself.
“[Since] attending the programme, I feel even more motivated to progress in my career, to continue to work [at] furthering my experience, and to identify areas I need to grow and strengthen to achieve my goals,” she said.
Online applications for the latest programme run all the way until April 6 on the Career Forum website. Aspiring shadows must submit their CV and a short motivational essay.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be individually interviewed at the Career Forum by a team of experienced consultants from recruitment specialists Kelly Services.
Soft skills are key to impressing the interviewers – the consultants will be on the lookout for strong interpersonal skills, creative thinking and an adaptable demeanour.
Approximately 30 of the most impressive interviewees will go on to final interviews with representatives from the participating companies. Each company will interview six candidates and select up to three of the most impressive for the programme, which will take place in the second half of 2016.
Some shadows may even be offered more than mentorship. In 2015, Caroline Wong Wing-suet, a graduate from Warwick Business School in the UK, applied for a chance to shadow Allen Ha, CEO of AsiaWorld-Expo.
However, the company was so impressed by her interview performance that instead it offered Wong a permanent role in their finance department as a business support officer.
“I remember getting a call from AsiaWorld-Expo’s HR team to say that, unfortunately, I’d failed to get a place on the programme,” Wong says. “I was really disappointed – but then they invited me to an actual job interview. This was a huge surprise to me.”