Constructing sturdy careers
Job prospects for engineers remain bright, with many infrastructure projects either in progress or about to begin, such as the construction of the MTR’s South Island Line and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying also dedicated almost a fifth of his recent policy address to talking about providing flats to Hong Kong people, while the government also intends to develop the northeastern New Territories.
Graduates face little problem when it comes to seeking employment. In fact, the employment rate of engineering graduates is currently close to 100 per cent, and it looks like this will remain relatively unchanged during the coming decade.
Engineers also enjoy a clear career path. After they are hired, companies provide training and evaluations for them. If they pass the evaluation process, they become qualified engineers and their wages nearly double. This is why most engineering graduates normally stick to their careers once they have entered the industry.
Possessing analytical skills is crucial if graduates want to be successful in the industry. Having an innovative mind is also a bonus.
Professor Choy Kin-kuen, president, the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
As told to Chiu Po-sze