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Careers fail to satisfy HK youths 2015.05.21
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NEARLY one in two young people working in Hong Kong are dissatisfied with their careers, a survey shows.

Junior Chamber International Peninsula (半島青年商會), a member of the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (國際青年商會香港總會), last month interviewed 504 people, aged between 18 and 40, who are currently working in the SAR, with 200 of them mainlanders. Of those interviewed, 48 percent said they are dissatisfied with their careers.

Notably, the number of Hongkongers who indicated they are satisfied (60 percent) far exceeded that of mainlanders who said the same (39 percent). An overwhelming 91 percent agreed it is important to be versatile and be able to work across different fields.

When asked to rate on a scale of one to five, most respondents said continuous education is the most important for personal career developments, followed by entrepreneurship, opportunities, personal networking and mainland work experience.

While 48 percent agreed that the government has allocated sufficient resources to promote continuous education, only 28 percent felt the same in the promotion of personal networking.

Also, just 24 percent of mainlanders said the government has allocated sufficient resources to promote entrepreneurship, compared to the 30 percent of Hongkongers who agreed. Two in three said they will be willing to work in the mainland. Asked if the government is allocating sufficient resources for those to work in the mainland, only 27 percent of them agreed.

Tik Chi-yuen (狄志遠), chief executive of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service (基督教香港信義會社會服務部), said there is still a significant percentage of Hongkongers who refuse to work in the mainland despite its economic growth and room for development.

Tik said if these people pluck up the courage to work over the border, they may fully utilise their advantages given Hongkongers’ edge in languages, international perspective and efficiency.

(The Standard, Jasmine Siu, 18 May 2015)

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