From Hong Kong to Canada: A love for radio brought Joey Lam to BCIT

BCIT International student Joey Lam decided to move from Hong Kong to enrol at BCIT because of the 88% employment rate for BCIT diploma graduates, as well as the practical and relevance of its Radio Arts and Entertainment program.

Joey shares her decision to embark on this educational journey with BCIT.

Q: Why did you choose BCIT?

A: I enjoy how radio gives people a platform to share their stories, and that’s something that I want to be able to share with listeners. The high percentage of grads that get hired after completing the Radio Arts and Entertainment program was also encouraging and a big reason why I chose BCIT.

Q: What’s your favourite part of the Radio Arts and Entertainment program?

A: My favourite part of the program is that we have our own radio station, Evolution 107.9. Getting to run that station has helped me hone my skills for job-readiness. As someone who didn’t have the credentials or portfolio coming into this program, I am grateful that BCIT helped me build it for a career in the industry.

Q: What is like studying at BCIT?

A: BCIT is a very diverse and inclusive environment. I see students from all walks of life when I look around and it makes me feel like I belong. That made it much easier to fit into the BCIT community. The BCIT International Student Lounge is a good resource for international students as they are helpful in providing information on a broad range of topics from school to work permits.

Q: What would you say to someone thinking of applying to the Radio Arts Program?

A: It’s a great program with a safe space to learn and to make mistakes. I also really enjoyed the relationships that I have built with my peers. Overall, I’m happy with the time I have spent here at BCIT. I’m grateful for the hands-on learning experience and the opportunity to build my portfolio.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: After graduating this year, I’d like to work at a radio station. I eventually would like to start a podcast talking about my culture for an English-speaking audience. I do see myself staying in Vancouver for the foreseeable future. It’s such a lovely city with so much diversity.


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