Sharmini Wainwright is managing director of Michael Page & Page Personnel Hong Kong. With over 13 years’ experience with PageGroup, she oversees specialist recruitment across finance, financial services, sales & marketing, legal and more.
I am a student of last year of a bachelor program. Education corresponds to a Russian-British double degree bachelor program in Economics and Finance: the University of London and the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. Study is held in English.
Now, I would like to have a master program at the University of Hong Kong, but many faculties require work experience. Unfortunately, I had just summer internship (1 month of accounting). In addition, I can’t decide which master program to choose (Management / Finance).
To sum up:
-21 years old ;
-only a bachelor program in Economics and Finance ; -but a double program; -fluent English;
-characteristics: hardworking, motivated, stress tolerance, communicative; -knowledge of MS Office, VBA and Eviews;
Is it possible to find a job in the area of Finance or Management (to work 1 year and then to study a master program)? Or it is better to choose other way (to work 1 year in Russia and then to study here)… Help me please) Thank you for attention!
Sharmini Thomas - Career Doctor
Posted Friday 15th March 2013 07:39:00 PM
Dear Renata, Your question details the typical predicament of a graduate in 2013; should I now approach the employment market for a graduate role, or should I continue my study with a Masters program? The simple answer to this is that the first path tends to be the preferred option as it is important for an individual to get ‘practical’ working experience through a job, whereby they can demonstrate what they have been taught in university. In addition, the value of a Masters program is realised when it is used to complement an individual’s professional career direction, by adding relevant study once that individual already has a number of years working within the industry. I believe that some of the value of a Masters program is lost if you are doing it without relevant work experience (which is a minimum of two to four years), particularly in the group discussions and group assignments that require practical case studies from real working life. To find a graduate job in the areas of Finance or Management, I would suggest you review the graduate programs that the major banks and corporate organisations recruit for each year in Hong Kong. They do this directly through their in-house graduate recruitment teams, and you will see them advertise on their own corporate websites and job boards. The other option you suggested of working in Russia and then returning to Hong Kong may pose problems when you transition from the Russian employment market to the Asian employment market. However, it really depends on which field of finance you are looking to focus on. I trust this assists. Best of luck with your career and study decisions. Kind regards, Sharmini