At MAEKAN, we always welcome a new face around the office especially when they join the team as an apprentice. For even the short period that an apprentice lends their time and energy, the rest of the team is that much better off for it. While the word “internship” draws mixed feelings in the corporate context—perhaps damningly even more-so for the creative industries—Eugene’s always tried to ensure that the terms “internship” and “apprenticeship” refer to two wholly different experiences.
In the case of Alek, we were fortunate to have been referred to him via cinematographer and director Luke Casey, a family friend of his and frequent MAEKAN collaborator. At the time, Alek was looking to gain more experience in editorial and publishing, while laying some valuable career track in front of him. He had finally bid farewell to his university library and the final exams he was cramming for. But for the graduate in the making, you might say it was a case of “out of the frying pan and into the fire” as he prepared to make the leap from his hometown of Lancaster in the UK to our office in Hong Kong.
Yet despite the jetlag, the humid Hong Kong summer and the steep learning curve, we’d say he rose to the occasion with aplomb (please forgive me, Alek).