I am a Form Six student. I would like to be a journalist working in the features section of an English newspaper or magazine. What can I do now to prepare for my future career? Is it better for me to major in English at university?
If you had said that you wanted to be a news reporter, I would have recommended a straight journalism degree. Both the Chinese University and the Baptist University offer well-recognised journalism degrees. But since you are interested in writing features, where style is important, I would advise you to take an English degree. And then start working on a newspaper. But you don't need to wait until you have finished school - get finger to keyboard now and write for your school paper now. If your school doesn't have one, set one up!
On the job
With summer just around the corner, I'm looking for a summer job. I'm interested in music, drama and fashion. Are there any music or fashion shops where I could work?
I'm afraid I've got bad news for you: summer jobs will not be easy to come by this year. The poor economy and the impact of Sars have combined to make it tough for even well-qualified people to get a job. Students looking for a summer job will find it even more difficult. HMV employed students last year, but won't be doing so this year. But don't despair. Why not be resourceful and set up a club for other students who share your interests. You could make yourself an expert in fashion or music over the summer - and when there are jobs going you will be seriously employable.