Mentorship programme invaluable
Ivan Tsang Chun-yin is a 24-year-old final-year LLB student who also studied business for three years. His preparation for the world of work was eased by his participation in HKU's mentorship programme.
The scheme was organised by the law faculty and was very enjoyable, he says.
"They contact alumni to visit and meet classmates and share their experiences in the legal field," he says.
The mentors shared insights into their work and work-life balance, their career development and details about their field of work. Introductions were first made at mentorship dinners, where two mentors were grouped with four students. After the initial meeting, the group kept in contact and met up every few months.
According to Tsang, one particular mentor was very helpful and he is still in touch with her.
"She also organised some gatherings with her colleagues or some of her friends, and would invite us to attend. I really benefited a lot from chatting and interacting with those people."
Tsang believes his dual studies have equipped him well for the realities of the job market.
"The knowledge in both fields is beneficial to our career, because it gives us some practical and professional development."
He has completed several internships, and has already attended several job interviews. He is pushing himself to be more proactive by talking to different employers, finding out more about various career fields, and brushing up on any shortcomings in his skills to meet market requirements. He plans to work in business and hopes to find a job as a management trainee in a bank.
"I prefer to go to the business field because it's more dynamic - things keep changing."
Stimulating international environment
Ng Ho-cheung is a 21-year-old, third-year computer engineering student. For Ng, studying at the University of Hong Kong has been an eye-opening experience.
He found the international environment stimulating and highly educational, and enjoyed interacting with students from other cultures, including Pakistan, India and the mainland. One unexpected benefit from his new friendships has been a marked improvement in his Putonghua, he says.
Last year, he spent one semester studying computer engineering in the United States at t