A bright future is in store for associate degree students at Polytechnic University's (PolyU) Hong Kong Community College (HKCC). The results of this year's graduate survey, conducted in September, were released before today's graduation ceremony at the Hunghom campus. Of the 1,180 graduates, 1,074 responded, which makes the survey very reliable. A total of 769 graduates, about 70 per cent of the respondents, are continuing their degree studies on a full-time or part-time basis. This is more than double that of last year. About 40 per cent of them have stayed at PolyU, while 20 per cent have joined City University. The others are pursuing further studies at other institutes such as the Chinese University, Baptist University and the PolyU-affiliated School of Professional Education and Executive Development. Those who are working full- time are getting an average monthly salary of $8,000 to $9,000, the survey revealed. 'The survey results show that our graduates have good prospects, which is the result of the HKCC's effort to provide quality programmes and produce quality graduates,' said HKCC director Simon Leung. 'The high percentage of graduates continuing their degree studies reflects the fact that young people nowadays are aware of the importance of lifelong learning.' Among the graduates who are working, 95 per cent found their job within three months after graduation, while 52 per cent had more than one offer. PolyU graduate Patrick Ng Pak-chuen is working at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel as housekeeping co-ordinator. Mr Ng graduated with an associate degree in business last year and then completed a degree programme in hotel and catering management in a year. The associate degree course provided him with an alternative route to success, he said. 'I didn't do well in the HKCEE or A-Levels,' said Mr Ng, who shared his experiences with other HKCC graduates on Wednesday. 'But I didn't give up. I decided to take the associate degree course. It gave me the basic knowledge needed for the hotel industry and helped me in my daily work.' HKCC graduates are employed in various sectors, including wholesale and retail, import and export, banking, finance and insurance, hotels and restaurants, education, social services, marketing and advertising.