Chance for interns to shine at work
I am concerned about the increasing number of jobless youth in Hong Kong. If university graduates are having a difficult time finding jobs, I can imagine how tough life must be for low-skilled, less-educated young people.
The government proposed an internship programme for university graduates in this year's budget. About 4,000 university students will benefit from this scheme when they graduate this summer.
A monthly subsidy of HK$2,000 will be given to local employers for every intern they hire or HK$3,000 for those working on the mainland.
The graduates will be paid at least HK$4,000 a month during the internship lasting six to 12 months.
Graduates used to be able to find jobs which paid about HK$8,000 per month, but this is only a dream in the current economic climate.
They can do one thing now - increase their competitiveness. Having a degree is no longer special. They have to apply their knowledge and use their creativity at work.
There are thousands of people looking for a job, so they have to show outstanding skills to attract employers.
Under the internship programme, students have a chance to work in big companies and gain on-the-job experience.
The interns should not think HK$4,000 is a low salary. I think it is a good start. Getting a job with good prospects is more important than having a high salary. They can gain valuable experience and broaden their knowledge. This will help them climb up the career ladder.
Gladys Li, St Paul's Secondary School
Handicapped hero offers inspiration
I watched a movie called No Arms, No Legs, No Worries! It is about Nick Vujicic, a young Australian who was born without arms and legs.
He taught me a lot of things which changed my attitude towards life.
There was a memorable scene in the movie, when he fell down and tried to stand up again. He said: 'If you want to stand up again, you need to try. Maybe you will fall down again, but it is better than you don't try to stand up and give in.'
Thomas Edison also failed many times before he invented the light bulb. But he never gave up.
Some of us don't have the courage and confidence to try new things. We are afraid of failure. If we believe in ourselves, it would be easier to achieve our goals.
Yu Kin-ling, CNEC Christian College
I took part in an archery team competition recently. I was excited and nervous. At first, I was proud to be a member of my team. But later I had second thoughts when my partners performed very well.
I wondered whether I should be in their team. I was worried that I would become a burden to them.
I was under a lot of pressure. Then my teammates encouraged me, saying we just have to try our best. The result is no big deal.
Ho Hei-man, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Most of today's teenagers are spoiled by their parents. They are rude and they lack love and care.
Both parents and teachers have a responsibility to educate teenagers and let them grow up as responsible citizens.
The behaviour of celebrities and legislative councillors also has an effect on teenage behaviour.
All of us are part of society, so we should behave well.
Alina Lau, Rosaryhill School