Companies aim to turn recruits into achievers
Most, if not all, of the companies exhibiting at the Classified Post Career Forum are not just seeking to hire people to do a job. Instead, they are looking for the sort of young talent that, with the necessary investment in time, money and expertise, can emerge from a training programme well on the road to becoming top-class professionals in their chosen field.
"Even during their trainee period, our trainees will have the opportunity to learn and gain first-hand experience on projects involving multiple lines of business, products and the latest technology," says Florence Chow, head of group human resources at telecommunications service provider HKT.
"Graduates will need to be very agile and flexible, and able to remain up to date with the latest trends in technology, in order to keep up with the pace," she adds. "Given the expansion of our overseas businesses, they should also develop an appetite for working outside of Hong Kong."
Chow advises students and graduates visiting the HKT booth at the Career Forum to be curious. "They should ask questions that help them explore what our trainee programmes are about and see if our programmes fit what they are looking for. They should also be hungry to absorb the information and knowledge essential to building a solid foundation for their career."
Bill Chung, recruitment manager in Hong Kong for Parsons Brinckerhoff - a planning, engineering, construction management, and operation and maintenance services firm - says his company is looking to the forum to help raise awareness of its brand among potential recruits.
"While assistant engineer is the starting point for all fresh graduates, we provide comprehensive training and project exposure tailored to employees with special academic backgrounds and potential," Chung says. "High performers will have good opportunities to develop their careers."
Mimi Kam, general manager and head of the human resources and corporate communications division at Bank of East Asia (BEA), encourages students and graduates who are planning to visit the bank's booth to first go to the bank's website and find out about its management trainee programme.
"What differentiates our management trainee programme from those of our peers is [its] design. We provide all-round job attachment to our management trainees, covering front, middle and back-office job functions during the 24-month programme. In addition, as part of our programme, management trainees are assigned to one of BEA's mainland or overseas units to gain exposure to the China market or international banking.
"Members of our management also meet with management trainees to discuss their career interests and to help them determine where they will develop their career within our organisation."
Kam suggests that those considering a career in banking should make sure they have a handle on key developments in the industry. "Nowadays, competition in the banking industry is very keen, and regulatory requirements have become increasingly stringent in recent years. In fact, banks are operating on a global scale. Management trainees should keep themselves abreast of the latest regulatory changes, both locally and abroad, and develop an understanding of the key risk and compliance issues."