Career paths do not always run in a straight line, as Patrick Tsang, Chairman of Tsangs Group, explained to a group of students from the Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School, Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School, at a talk on 10 January. Tsangs Group is a China-focused family office that invests around the world on behalf of its clients.
Tsang was born and raised in the United Kingdom and was interested in art while growing up. But, following his mother’s advice, he chose to study law at university. After finishing his studies in 1998, he came to Hong Kong and worked in the legal field for some years. But he was not happy working as a solicitor and decided to change direction to pursue a career in finance.
Through sharing his story with the students, the message that Tsang wanted to deliver is that change is necessary. It may be scary and uncomfortable, but accepting change is key to adapting to the fast-paced world that we live in. Through change, Tsang said that he discovered more about himself and learnt what suited him best.
Tsang encouraged the students to plan their career journeys based on their own beliefs and passions, instead of relying too much on other people’s opinions, and this will help them discover their own route to success.