School dropout who forged a career in finance
Matthew Lui Yue-chun (right) came a long way before joining the financial industry. A school dropout who got back on the right track to get a university education, he worked as a secondary school teacher before joining AIA. In 2006, he was chosen as one of Junior Chamber International Hong Kong's 'Ten Outstanding Young Persons'. It was then that he met Samuel Yung Wing-ki, an iconic local figure in financial planning, who invited him to join his team.
What's your academic background?
I graduated with first-class honours from Baptist University's department of religion and philosophy. Later I studied for a master's degree in divinity, an MBA and a Doctor of Philosophy.
How do you start your day?
From Monday to Friday, I provide training for my staff in the morning from 9am until 10.30am, in product knowledge and inter-personal skills. After lunch, I accompany my staff to meet clients. The time is quite flexible so I spend at least one week a day doing voluntary work.
What does your job entail?
As business manager, my job is to lead my team. I have quite a lot of management and administration duties. I also do voluntary work such as paying visits to schools to teach students and parents about financial planning.
Any advice for those who want to enter the industry?
One must have a goal. I set a goal every year, such as learning to speak Putonghua or to lose weight.
Set a goal and work out the correct methods to achieve it. No matter what hardships you encounter, ultimately you will be successful if you stay focused.