It’s the at­ti­tude that ‘makes me dif­fer­ent from oth­ers’

China Daily (Canada) - - HONG KONG - By EMMA DAI in Hong Kong em­madai@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Step­ping into the job mar­ket with­out a col­lege de­gree in 1973, Sunny Che­ung Yi­u­tong, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Oc­to­pus Hold­ings Ltd, kicked off his ca­reer at the age of 19 as a front­line worker at Far East Bank.

Now 61, he has man­aged to thrive in Hong Kong’s financial-industry boom. Be­fore join­ing Oc­to­pus in 2011, Che­ung had spear­headed Hong Kong and Ma­cao de­vel­op­ment for VISA, served as Greater China man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for DBS and su­per­vised Citibank’s credit-card busi­ness.

Che­ung told China Daily he joined the bank­ing sec­tor “by chance, not by choice” and it’s a dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude that has dis­tin­guished him from his peers on the ca­reer lad­der.

“The bank­ing industry was on a fast track in the 80s and 90s, but I don’t be­lieve there’re few chances left for to­day’s young peo­ple. The key is to find a sec­tor where you will be pro­moted faster than oth­ers. And stay hum­ble, work hard,” he says. “In the be­gin­ning, I thought I was not as qual­i­fied as my col­leagues be­cause I don’t have a col­lege de­gree. But later, I found that’s not true. As long as I work hard and prove I can take on a big­ger role, I’m also en­ti­tled to all op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

He thinks it’s im­por­tant to look ahead and higher up than what is as­signed to an em­ployee. “If you could put your­self in the shoes of your su­per­vi­sor, un­der­stand the chal­lenge, fix the prob­lem and de­liver the goods, more op­por­tu­ni­ties would come.”

It’s also crit­i­cal to be on the look­out for new busi­ness. “One will be very much ap­pre­ci­ated if he or she is al­ways re­li­able when it comes to new projects. You never know what you’re go­ing to miss if you refuse to make ex­tra ef­forts to face the chal­lenges. As a young per­son, you can al­ways sleep less and find more time.”

DAILY PARKER ZHENG / CHINA

In the short term, smart-card op­er­a­tor Oc­to­pus Hold­ings looks for­ward to a sin­gle-card so­lu­tion for the en­tire Pearl River Delta re­gion, and this would be the next break­through, ac­cord­ing to the group’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Sunny Che­ung Yiu-tong. Sunny Che­ung Yiu-tong, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Oc­to­pus Hold­ings Ltd

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