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Get busy this holiday

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 August, 2006, 12:00am
 

Instead of watching TV or playing computer games all day, you could take up a part-time job and make better use of your holiday. There are many different jobs you can try.


'Most summer jobs pay well, and you gain work experience, which can guide you in your future career,' says Elita Lai, an intern at Young Post. And the competition is becoming more fierce.


Michelle Lo, a stock-taker at Hong Kong Book Centre, says: 'I started looking for a job four months in advance, and even then it took me ages to get one.'


So get off the couch and start job-hunting before the summer is over.


CUHK Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital Research Assistant


Expected salary: Not applicable


Work hours: 9am-5pm on weekdays


Job description: Research assistants help nurses with surveys, paperwork and collection of blood samples. They will also accompany paramedics on ambulances and observe emergency cases.


Job requirements: Research assistants should have basic medical and nursing knowledge.


Quote: 'People who plan to take up medicine in future would definitely find this job appealing. Although I do not wish to become a doctor, I still enjoyed looking at different


cases every day and I had fun with my colleagues,'said Alexia Macdonald, 17.


Note: This job is normally not open to the public, but those interested are welcome to enquire.


Private Pool Assistant Lifeguard


Expected salary: $31 per hour


Work hours: 7am-8pm (weekdays, Saturdays)


Job description: Lifeguards are constantly on the lookout for people who may be in difficulty.


Job requirements: Assistant lifeguards must have at least attained a bronze medal in life-saving


Quote: 'The job was pretty good, and I'd recommend it because it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But being a lifeguard is pretty boring, so I will not do it again,'said Tiffany Lau, 17.


Note: This job is open to the public. Ask the staff at private pools whether they need help.


Law Firm Intern


Expected salary: $2,000-3,000 for three weeks


Work hours: 9am-5pm on weekdays


Job description: Law interns are not expected to do actual court work. Instead, they become familiar with the profession by filing property title deeds, typing letters and making copies of documents. Sometimes, they may meet clients under the supervision of lawyers.


Job requirements: Law interns must be familiar with basic computer software, such as Microsoft Office.


Quote: 'I learned a lot about employment and how law firms function. I got to experience an actual office atmosphere, which is very invaluable to me,'said Desiree Ho, 17.


Note: This job is open to students studying law, as well as to the public.


Hotel Guest Liaison


Expected salary: Not applicable


Work hours: Eight-hour shifts on weekdays and Saturdays


Job description: Guest liaisons meet customers at the airport and accompany them back to the hotel.


Job requirements: Must be 18 or above. Fluency in English and Cantonese is also important.


Quote: 'I had to make many trips to the airport every day, sometimes by Airport Express. This is very troublesome and costly because I don't receive any travel money. Nonetheless, getting to meet travellers from all over the world is very interesting,'said Katherine Yeh, 18.


Note: This job is open to the public. Applicants must attend an interview and undergo a medical.


Children's Summer Courses


Teaching Assistant


Expected salary: $50 per hour


Work hours: 1.30-4.30pm


Job description: Teaching assistants help university students conduct summer courses for children.


This involves helping the children with their assignments and playing games with them.


Job requirements: Teaching assistants must be patient, fluent in Cantonese and English, and familiar with course material.


Quote: 'It was so tiring! Still, working with children helped me to control my temper, and that will undoubtedly come in handy in the future,'said Christine Chan, 16.


Note: This job is normally not open to the public, but those interested are welcome to enquire.


Cafe Waitress


Expected salary: $25 per hour


Work hours: 10am-4pm or 7pm-11pm on weekdays


Job description: Apart from serving customers, waitresses have to do some clerical work.


Job requirements: Anyone aged 15 or above


Quote: 'Being a waitress wasn't fun at all, and my pay was always late! I wouldn't do it again,'said Peggy Ng, 16.


Note: This job is open to the public. Pay attention to posters advertising vacancies on cafe windows.


Printing Company Helper


Expected salary: $150 per day


Work hours: 9am-5pm on weekdays


Job description: Temporary staff members type documents and take part in stock-taking.


Job requirements: Helpers at companies must be familiar with basic computer software, such as Microsoft Office.


Quote: 'It was a lot of hard work, but it was better than having nothing to do,'said Sidney Yeung, 17.


Note: This job is open to the public. Ask around and be on the lookout for advertisement flyers.


Yen-kwong was a summer intern at Young Post


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