My first skills-based volunteering experience was completing a research study about volunteerism in Hong Kong for HandsOn Hong Kong. This experience provided me with an opportunity to learn more about Nielsen solutions from other verticals, and it also helped sharpen my leadership skills by working closely with the managing director in Hong Kong and Macau and other colleagues.
Starting this first pro bono research project wasn’t easy. As an analyst, I haven’t had a lot of experience yet with pitching projects and organizing a team, so it was definitely outside of my comfort zone. Through leading this, I was able to learn a lot by going through the process of getting management buy-in, researching the best way for our team to carry out the project and assembling the right team of colleagues to help with this.