Career & Education

Shutoon English International and its more than 230 schools across China are buckling under China’s crackdown on education. Photo: Sohu
Parents sue to recoup huge tuition losses amid China’s education crackdown

Private tutoring firms are collapsing across China, leaving angry customers out thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, some tutors look to cash in via a burgeoning black market, but others are being forced to leave China.

17 Oct 2021 - 10:08PM
Many high-school students in China rely on private tutors to prepare for the highly competitive college-entrance exams. Photo: Reuters
China’s education crackdown ‘only scratched the surface’ of what’s to come

Beijing is taking a hard line on the for-profit tutoring industry, but schools and parents are struggling to understand how and when new policies will be implemented.

6 Aug 2021 - 2:14PM
Parents are concerned that Beijing’s crackdown on for-profit tutoring services will hurt their children’s career prospects. Photo: EPA-EFE
Why China cracked down on education, upending a US$70 billion industry

‘Discourse and ideology need to be controlled by the central government’, and Beijing ‘aims to rectify education itself’, industry insider says.

3 Aug 2021 - 1:54PM
Alanna Sethi (left) and Yui Kurosawa say OWN Academy gives them focus, and a better idea of what career they want to pursue. Photo: OWN Academy
An education platform that’s ‘all about unlocking human potential’

Hong Kong-based purpose-driven education platform OWN Academy gives students career direction. It’s helped one teen answer the question: why am I learning what I’m learning?

17 Aug 2021 - 10:42AM
Harrow provides both Chinese national and international curriculums to local Chinese pupils under the brand Harrow Innovation Leadership Academics (HILA). Photo: Winson Wong
Top British private schools bet on China’s bay area, where demand is hot

The rise of the Chinese middle class, and its preference for reputable brands, has created a strong market for private and international schools – nowhere more so than in the fast-developing Greater Bay Area.

17 Apr 2021 - 3:57PM
More than 500,000 job vacancies were offered to applicants at a job fair that kicked off on Wednesday in Wuhan, Hubei province. Photo: Xinhua
China’s upcoming college graduates face familiar rivals in unhired 2020 class

Competition for jobs among fresh university graduates in China looks to be even more intense next year after the coronavirus left millions of degree-holders desperate to find work.

6 Dec 2020 - 11:52PM
Students take precautions against the coronavirus during the opening ceremony for undergraduates at Tsinghua University in Beijing last month. Photo: Xinhua
Affluent Chinese families less keen on sending kids to school in West: survey

The United States’ recent revocation of more than 1,000 visas for Chinese graduate students and research scholars has many parents reconsidering or scrapping plans to send their children abroad for schooling.

3 Oct 2020 - 11:50PM
Eureka Chu, an architect at Ronald Lu & Partners, at the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Photo: Edmond So
Pandemic not stopping women from pursuing career goals in Hong Kong

Two Hong Kong women are examples of female professionals who have chased their career dreams and recognise the importance of seeking career-advancement opportunities even during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:14PM
Redundancy can feel like the end of the world – but truly, it can be a new beginning
How to bounce back if you’re laid off from your job amid Covid-19

Redundancy can be an opportunity for education, rebranding, and exploring another industry. Once the shock is over, use the time to turn the loss into an opportunity.

13 May 2020 - 8:38AM
The effects of an all-nighter can last far beyond the morning after
Why you shouldn’t pull an all-nighter, and how to deal if you have no choice

Sleep deprivation can be as dangerous as drinking alcohol, and can have a serious effect on your memory, mood and diet

9 Mar 2020 - 8:00AM
You can only make one first impression.
When dating and job hunting rules unite

Whether you are looking for a life partner or a new professional path, there are rules that apply in both areas that make you more likely to achieve your goal

20 Feb 2020 - 6:00AM
People make a lot of decisions about you in the first seconds - so make them count!
How to sell yourself: the art of the elevator pitch

The first 30 seconds after you meet someone can make or break your chances of convincing them to like you and want to know more

24 Jan 2020 - 8:00PM
The perfect email subject line can get you noticed by potential employers.
Find the job of your dreams in 2020: learning how to write the perfect subject line is the first step

The subject line communicates who you are and what you want, as well as showing off your qualifications and helping you stand out

11 Jan 2020 - 9:00AM
There are better ways to follow up that don’t make you seem desperate!
How to follow up after a job interview without seeming desperate: advice from the pros

You wrote the perfect CV. You landed a job interview. They loved you. Now, how do you avoid screwing up?

2 Jan 2020 - 7:00PM
Social media feeds illuminate the Dear Evan Hansen set behind star Ben Levi Ross (centre). Photo: Matthew Murphy
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ star Ben Levi Ross on the challenges of a Broadway show

The 21-year-old actor decided ‘less is more’ when it came to the famously challeging role

27 Dec 2019 - 8:00AM
If women want to be in the top office, they need a lot more than coding skills
Here's what future female CEOs need more than coding camps

The bosses of companies including Bed Bath & Beyond, Popsugar and Spanx learned that resilience and audacity are key to a girl’s success

19 Nov 2019 - 3:21PM
Anger is a natural reaction, but hot-headedness is seldom productive.
How to control your temper and make the most of a bad situation

Anger is natural, but it’s seldom useful. Having a meltdown as an adult affects relationships, so it’s best to have some coping mechanisms up your sleeve.

10 Nov 2019 - 9:00AM
Manners are crucial at school, work and in friendships - and will even impress when you're on a date
Manners are crucial at school, work and in friendships - and will even impress when you're on a date

We spend so much of our lives online, it can sometimes be a shock to the system when you have to interact with people IRL. Doing it thoughtfully makes everyone's day better, so be polite!

29 Oct 2019 - 3:46PM
Justin Schubel is the founder of DCFoodPorn. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by KK Ottesen
The secrets to one Instagram influencer's success

Justin Schuble who set up DCFoodPorn, and dining app TidBit, started his half-million strong account when he was at university

29 Oct 2019 - 10:19AM
Maintaining a balancing between work and the rest of your life isn't easy – but it can be done
5 tips to help you reclaim control over your life-work balance

You can learn how to keep job stress from affecting your personal life, and still succeed professionally

22 Oct 2019 - 4:43PM