Economy limits job choices

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 December, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 December, 2001, 12:00am

The uncertain economy may not have affected the future of secondary school students too much, but it spells trouble for their university counterparts.

Only 20 organisations turned up for what was expected to be a 'big-scale' career exhibition at the Polytechnic University.

Among the handful of exhibitors were some educational institutions offering further studies, representatives from the Government and a few commercial organisations.

Students who showed up in the hope of obtaining information about the job market left quickly. They all left with the same thought: getting a job in their preferred career was not likely to be an option.

'I just want to know more about what the market is like,' said final year student Wing Wong, who is taking a course in Japanese.

Ms Wong would like to be a journalist, but admitted this might not be possible. 'It will be difficult to find a good job in general. Getting a job in the Government would be good enough,' she said.

But not all students felt despondent about their future job prospects. A second year electrical engineering student said he still had hopes.

'Some of my friends have told me that they could get interviews. That means there are opportunities,' he said. 'Given that there is still a year to go before I start job hunting, I guess finding work by then should be easier.'