Making the transition to the world of work can be a pretty daunting and stressful experience for students. Most students entering the world of work quickly realise that their first job is not the ideal one, but accept and they may find a suitable one later. Fawnia Cheung, 22, graduated from Boston University and majored in International Relations. She wants to work in public relations or marketing. She wrote more than 100 letters to PR and advertising firms, but received replies from just 15 and got three interviews. 'It might be because I am rather picky about what kind of a job I want. I am really hoping to land a job with a company that is internationally known and based in the United States, but has an office in Hong Kong. 'Another problem I have is the language barrier. I do not speak Cantonese and understand very little of it. My first language is English, but I also know Mandarin,' Fawnia said. If she cannot find a job, Fawnia plans to go to Beijing to brush up on her Putonghua. Ronald Man studied Pharmacology at King's College, London, for a year. He applied late to study the subject at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, but applied for jobs as something to fall back on. After writing dozens of letters he has had one interview with the Swire Group. 'I think that working in an advertising or public relations company would be really interesting. It would also allow me to learn a lot before actually settling down in a field.' Ronald said it would be hard to find a job in pharmacology after just a year's study. 'I don't mind learning something else all over again but I want to enjoy it, and be able to learn from it.' He did temporary work for a computer company, but found it 'monotonous'. 'It will definitely be my last resort if nothing else comes up,' Ronald said. For those who manage to get a job in today's competitive graduate market, there is always the problem of whether they have the right job. Amy Fung Fuk-yin, a psychology graduate from the University of Hong Kong, is already moving to her second job within a month. After writing 18 job applications and being invited to five interviews, Amy started her first job on August 20. 'I didn't really think about whether that job was right for me. I was just happy to be hired and hoped to find a better job later,' she said. Amy has been offered a place as a management trainee. 'I'm really happy about it because I've always wanted to work at a big company. The prospects are better.' Job applicants were tested on mathematics and English before being selected for interviews. Another recent graduate, Alice Ng Yuen-yee, landed a job in five days. 'I sent out eight job application letters on June 5 and got one interview on June 7. I was told to start work on June 10. But Alice realised she did not like the job and resigned after two months. 'I was convinced by the job description and believed it was right for me. Also I didn't want to spend too much time on job searching.' Alice studied translation at university. Although she estimated that 90 per cent of her colleagues had already found work, she was worried she would remain unemployed if she gave up her post. She has now started her second round of job-hunting. 'This time I will be more careful and selective. I'll focus on the editing field which I always wanted to work in,' she said.