Radio host goes off the air with advice

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 February, 2006, 12:00am

Well-known radio show host Francis Mak will lead two seminars of the Education & Careers Expo today and tomorrow.

Mr Mak hosts a popular programme on RTHK every weeknight, receiving calls from many anxious teenagers. His life philosophy has inspired many.

Parents listen to his show for tips on how to communicate with their children. Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun is reportedly one of his fans.

The seminars, titled 'Between Decision and Choice', are expected to draw capacity audiences.

'I will talk about looking at all the options before making a choice. Often many people make the wrong choice because they have not thought things out thoroughly,' Mr Mak said. 'For example, many students choose to go for a subject because their friends are choosing it without considering what they really want.'

There were many choices in today's world but making one had, ironically, become more difficult, he said. 'There are so many universities offering so many different courses and there are so many types of jobs out there, one needs to know how to look at options.'

Pragmatism seems to be one of Mr Mak's principles. One of his mottos is: 'Don't just think it, do it'.

Still, sensible thinking is encouraged. 'Some youngsters might dream of becoming flight attendants because the job would give them opportunities to travel, but do they know how many bruises cabin crews receive? When you are holding a meal tray and there is turbulence, how do you stand still?'

Mr Mak's 50-minute presentations will offer real-life accounts of how right and wrong choices are made.

'I will share my own experiences too, like how I dislike working at a radio station but fate has brought me into it,' he said.

'My favourite job is teaching, but I would not be able to influence as many people as I do now. That's where the satisfaction comes from.'

The seminars are at 3.40pm, in Room 402-403, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.