Laying groundwork for success
Hiring in the construction industry should remain robust for several years. In addition to the 10 major infrastructure projects now being rolled out, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has repeatedly emphasised housing policy. He said in his policy address that land has been secured for developing about 75,000 new public-rental-housing flats over five years from 2012, and about 17,000 Home Ownership Scheme flats over four years from 2016, which should provide many job opportunities.
The industry also provides a clear career path for young people. Employers offer training schemes to graduates who have recently joined their company. After working under the supervision of seniors for a couple of years, they can apply for professional qualifications.
Some companies even offer outstanding graduates management-trainee schemes, aiming to train them to become mid- or high-level managers.
Those seeking long-term careers in the industry should broaden their vision. Instead of focusing on Hong Kong, they should instead develop a global mindset to raise their international exposure and significantly improve their prospects.
Professor Albert Chan, acting dean, Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
As told to Chiu Po-sze