Students concerned about job prospects can now tap into a computer system giving career information. The Labour Department has set up a Bulletin Board System (BBS) based at two government career guidance centres. Students with a modem linked to their computer can access a bank of vital careers information by calling 2573 6874 or 2838 9614. The system provides details on more than 200 jobs, data on 39 different industries, annual reports on companies and government departments, and information on courses at vocational training institutes. Once connected via the modem, students gain access through a simple registration to the centre. The Education Department's circulars are also distributed via the network. Information can be downloaded and printed out at home, or at schools, where each career master will also be able to leave a message on the BBS and start up a forum. The new service, launched in mid-August, aims to meet the growing demands of students for first-hand information. Audio-visual aids are available for loan, but with more than 400 schools in the territory and just 90 videos, 30 slides and 40 tapes, there will be a waiting list for some of the more popular topics. The BBS also offers general tips on job hunting, interview techniques and options for Form Three and Five graduates. According to Labour Officer Susannah Chan Ka-kit, the most popular video titles available on loan through the BBS concern the service industry, hotels, airlines, retail, finance and banking. Although the disciplinary forces also attracted a lot of students, Ms Chan said the risks involved in the fire services deterred many others. Another not-so-popular video concerned manufacturing, an industry perceived to be on the decline in the territory. Students can arrange to meet career advisers to help them identify their interests and suitable careers. Ms Chan said she hoped that the career guidance service could eventually be expanded in the New Territories where a third centre was desperately needed. With a team of only 15, the two centres, in Wan Chai and Mongkok, have to deal with more than 30,000 enquiries a year and handle job placements as well as organising group visits, career exhibitions and other events. Ms Chan said voluntary centres were less interested in providing career guidance due to limited resources. 'Youth groups tend to concentrate more on counselling students in need of emotional support,' she said.