Many of the jobs and skills in the world of work today are on their way to becoming obsolete or will morph and change into something entirely different in the foreseeable future. Other than subjects offered by universities and occupations that are always under the spotlight like Law, Business, Management, Finance, Medicine, there are many other career options for students to think about. This March, following the success of the University Fair and Career Week held in September, 2014, the Christian and Moral Education Division (CMED), the Counselling and Learning Support Team (CALST), the University Guidance Office (UGO), the Parents and Alumni Relations Division (PARD) and the Home-School Co-operation Committee (HSCC) have joined hands again to present various activities, including educational talks, career talks, company visits, workshops, and a University Fair. Although students learn to take on more initiatives, responsibilities and are becoming more independent in high school, they still need the support and encouragement from parents to give them direction in exploring their interests, and in career guidance and college planning.
The following are events organised during March, 2015 to support parents and students as they plan their careers.
During March – PSHE Lessons and Morning Assemblies
Students in Year 9 will explore a selection of careers during their PSHE lessons. They will be encouraged to investigate the prerequisites of university courses, and to then explore the career such a course could lead to. Upper Secondary students have the chance to hear about interesting and varied career paths during assemblies and will be encouraged to ask questions to gain more information.
March 6, 2015 (Friday) – Career talk and a visit to EXACT Medical Laboratory
EXACT Medical Group Limited was founded in 1991 and is now located in Hong Kong Pacific Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui. The Group provides a full range of diagnostic laboratory and imaging services to medical specialists, dentists and general practitioners all over Hong Kong, which include medical laboratory tests, upper and lower gastro-intestinal endoscopy, X-ray examination, Ultra-sound imaging, Dental Imaging, Computer Tomography Scanning and Magnetic Resonance Imaging services, etc. HSCC has arranged for the company to conduct a career talk at school and a lab visit afterwards.
Part 1) Career Talk
Time: 3.45 – 4.45 p.m.
Programme: Career sharing by a registered nurse, a medical laboratory technician, and a radiographer
Seats: 40 students
Part 2) Company Site Visit
Time: 5.15 – 5.45 p.m.
Programme: A visit to EXACT Medical Laboratory
Seats: 15 students
March 10, 2015 (Tuesday), Taster Lecture
Time: 8.20 – 8.45 a.m.
Programme: Dr Oliver Walton from Bath University would offer a taster lecture titled “International Development at a Crossroads? Aid, Inequality and Shifting Global Power Relations”
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1
March 12, 2015 (Thursday), Mini University Fair
Time: 11.30 a.m. – 1.45 p.m.
Programme: The UGO is hosting a group of nine UK universities that are attending the Pearl River University Tour, organised by the British Council. The event is open to all students and they may explore educational opportunities with universities that students may not have considered.
March 23, 2015 (Monday), Company Visit to AEDAS
AEDAS is an international design and architecture firm operating in 12 cities worldwide. The company provides a range of design services, including graphic, interior, landscape, and urban design across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America. The Yew Chung Alumni Association has organised a company visit to AEDAS for our students.
Time: 4.30 – 6 p.m.
Programme: Company Introduction
Company Tour and Q&A
Seats: 15 students
March 25, 2015 (Wednesday), Career Talk by Mr Andy Hei
PART 1) Career Talk
Time: 3.45 – 5.45 p.m.
Speaker: Mr Andy Hei
Mr Hei is a professional dealer with 28 years’ experience in the appraisal and conservation of classical Chinese furniture. As an aficionado of art and Chinese history, Mr Hei is keen to provide a vibrant new platform in Hong Kong for the art world in Asia and worldwide. Following his own experience of participating in art fairs in London and New York for many years, in 2006 Mr Hei initiated and organized the first annual Hong Kong International Asian Antiques and Arts Fair, which was renamed Fine Art Asia in 2010. He has now successfully organized 10 international art fairs in Hong Kong. With his experience in the Chinese art world and acute awareness of global art trends, Andy is dedicated to educating young Asian collectors. He has given numerous lectures and seminars at major art and cultural institutions, including Sotheby’s institute of Arts and the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Between 2012 and 2014, Mr Hei served on the Exhibition Centre Committee of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
Topic: Career Options for Art Graduates
Do Art graduates have to be artists? Obviously this is one of their options. Choosing art as a career can be both fulfilling and stimulating. However, the employment opportunities for art graduates are huge and include art management, art insurance, art logistics, and some others you may not have heard of. These will be explored more in the talk.
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2
PART 2) Visit
April 4, 2015 (Saturday), Preview Session of Sotheby’s Auction
– supported by Fine Art Asia
Time: 11 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Programme: Attend the preview session of the auction by Sotheby’s
Sotheby’s is a multinational corporation, headquartered in New York City. One of the world’s largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles, Sotheby’s is the world’s fourth oldest auction house in continuous operation, with 90 locations in 40 countries.
Seats: 30 students
March 27, (Friday), University Days Kick-off
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
About: All students are invited to engage in fun activities involving arts, design, theatre and music as well as culinary art. Students will learn about career opportunities and ideas through these fun activities as they interact with representatives who are either from an institution of higher education that offers these opportunities or professionals who work in those areas.
Venue: Podium, Canteen
March 27, (Friday), Career Talk/ Experience Workshop by Famous Chefs
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Topic: Journey to Becoming a Chef
Speaker: Mr Vito Chan and Ms Celina Ling
After graduating from the Chinese Cuisine Training Institute, Mr Vito Chan worked in several private clubs, hotels and famous Michelin Star restaurants, including French restaurants L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Amber. He then moved to Australia to work under the renowned chef Donovan Cooke. Mr Chan is skilled in the slow-cooking method (la cuisine sous vide) and always strives to serve customers with ingredients sourced from around the world.
Ms Celina Ling, the apprentice of famous chef Mr Ricky Cheung, is skilled in spice delicacies. She is one of the hosts of the TV programme Corner Chef in Now TV and published the cook book Spice Delicacies.
Seats: 40 students
To attend, please register here, or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name and class, your contact details by March 2, 2015 (Monday). Seats are limited and the reservation will be made on a first come, first served basis. For the company visits, priority will be given to Year 10 or above students.
The School would like to raise awareness of these activities within the parent community, and encourage parents to discuss their child’s potential by joining the programmes.