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Hong Kong youth

Without passion, being a lawyer or a doctor is not a good career choice

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 August, 2018, 4:26pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 August, 2018, 4:26pm

I refer to the editorial “Career choices best left to Hong Kong youngsters” (August 15).

After completing the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, students can choose to go to university or work. If they go to university, their major may not decide their future career path. There are many ways for young people to chase their dreams.

However, most parents want their children to be a doctor or a lawyer as these jobs command high salaries, are well looked upon by society and seem to require a lot of knowledge. In line with this, parents invest a lot of money in extra classes for their children to help them gain a “head start”.

But this may not be good for Hong Kong’s future. First, being a doctor or a lawyer may not be what the children want to be, even if they do well in the exams. Unless they really want to help patients, being a doctor is not a good choice.

There are other jobs such as being a teacher or pilot that are also well regarded by society. Parents should not limit their children’s career choice. Children should be allowed to reflect on their own interests and personalities before deciding the kind of job they would like to pursue.

Liz Chan, Tseung Kwan O