Next year's handover will provide opportunities for the young, educated job seeker, according to Lingnan College's Most Outstanding Student, Yam Wai-kei. The second-year Chinese studies student - who will complete his course in June next year - will join thousands of young graduates seeking work during the critical transition period. 'Unemployment will probably be one of the major problems facing us by the time we graduate, but I have faith in ourselves and believe we can overcome this,' he said. 'The change of sovereignty will rely on a well-educated think-tank. 'It will be an era of change and will no doubt provide a good opportunity for our generation.' Mr Yam, 21, won the Edward T. T. Chan Scholarship worth $6,000 and praise for his social awareness and original ideas. 'It is essential for young people to have a sense of originality. The 1997 handover will be a period of tremendous change. We will need independent thinkers to keep society developing,' he said. More than 130 students received scholarships and certificates of merit at the college's awards presentation ceremony on Monday, which was attended by Director of Home Affairs Shelley Lau Lee Lai-kuen.