Young people should equip themselves with problem- solving skills and the ability to think independently and critically as they enter the 21st century, graduates were told. Speaking at the 25th graduation ceremony of Ning Po College, principal Wong Wing-tim said learning was a life-long process which provided joy and opportunities. Mr Wong said life-long learning included intellectual development, life experience, work experience, contributing to the community and physical and aesthetic development. He said students should be aware that learning was no longer confined to the classroom. 'More and more people will be self-employed and have Internet-based businesses. Employees will need to have problem-solving skills.' School supervisor Fan Sze- shun said the ultimate goal of education was to help students develop morality, wisdom, sociability and aesthetics through formal and informal training. 'The school aims to provide all-round education to students.' Formal training referred to classroom studies and academic subjects, while informal training included extra-curricular activities such as leadership training courses and community service projects, Mr Fan said. 'Principals' recommendations and performance in other areas are now taken into consideration under the Joint Universi ty Programmes Admissions System,' he said. 'This means that academic results are not the ultimate goal of education, and informal training is considered as important as formal training.' Guest-of-honour Dr Tse Chun-yan, chief executive of United Christian Hospital, advised graduates to be sincere. 'Being sincere means being genuine. It is the rule of thumb to succeed in the workplace,' he said. 'Many people have the per ception that doctors and nurses make easy money, but they are wrong. They have to work very hard . . . they need to learn new technologies and keep improving themselves in order to tackle new challenges.' Dr Tse said doctors and nurses also had to work under a lot of pressure. He said they could not afford to make any mistakes, had to work long hours and had to deal with death all the time. 'If they cannot find a way to release the stress, they will break down and will not be able to remain in the profession,' he said. Mr Tse added that those in the medical profession needed a big heart. 'You have to treat patients as your friends.'