Your talents will help you get a job

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am


A recent employment fair attracted around 5,000 fresh graduates, even though there were only around 800 vacancies. This shows the intense competition for jobs in Hong Kong.

At the fair, some security and cleaning firms offered plenty of summer jobs for youngsters, with many benefits. One student named Kwan was hired immediately by a sports company after a quick interview because he was keen on basketball and knew a lot about athletics.

I think his case shows that academic results are not the only basis for hiring. A person's interests, talents and skills are also important.

Angel Chan, Leung Shek Chee College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Angel. There is so much pressure on Hong Kong students to do well at school, to come top of the class and to achieve straight As. If they don't, many parents feel let down.

But not everybody is strong academically, and not everyone was meant to be a doctor, lawyer or accountant. There are a lot of careers in the world, and not all of them require you to be a 'brainiac'. For many jobs, practical skills are more valuable than mental capacity.

This isn't to say that you shouldn't work hard at school - the subjects you learn there are valuable, whether or not you use them directly in your future. Just because you have no plans to solve complex mathematical theories for a living doesn't mean you don't need to know how to multiply and subtract.

But it does mean that, if you're not a straight-As student, you have other talents and strengths. You just have to find them, and make the most of them. Your passions and interests can help you find a great job, just as much as good grades can.

Karly, Deputy Editor