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Seminar helps to fine-tune future focus

Published on Saturday, 01 Nov 2014
Tiffany Chong

Acareer in banking and finance is top of the wish list for many young graduates, but they should think carefully about whether it is a suitable industry for them.

Tiffany Chong, a third-year student at City University who is majoring in information engineering, came to the Classified Post Career Forum with the aim of finding out more about the requirements and opportunities in the banking and finance profession.

After attending a Leadership Forum talk conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers, she decided a career in banking might not be the best option for her.

"The speaker said one has to be interested in finance news to work in banking. Honestly, I am not really keen on reading the finance pages, so I think I will give up on banking and focus on jobs in information technology," she said.

Chong visited a number of booths at the forum, including PCCW, Hong Kong Airlines, CLP Power and Disneyland. She discovered that there are many opportunities in information technology.

"I am glad to see that every discipline offers jobs in IT. I am considering joining a management trainee programme to kick-start my career," she said.

Chong said it is important to have a mentor and that MT programmes offer this. "I hope to work long-term in a company after finishing an MT programme there. A mentor would be able to teach me about the company's culture and help me to fit in," she said.

Chong is also interested in electrical engineering. "Although my major is information engineering, the programme is offered by the department of electrical engineering [at City University]," she says.

"The CLP MT programme is also an attractive job that fits in with my education background. I am still a year away from graduation; I will keep my options open."

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