A Fruitful Career Sharing Session from Alumni!
On 20th September, the Alumni Career Sharing Session was successfully held in the Gymnasium, with over 250 parent-student registrations from more than 110 families. The core group of people of the day were 15 alumni speakers and 3 guest speakers (friends and colleagues of our alumni) representing different career industries. The sharing sessions covered a total of 8 career fields (Architecture/Structural Engineering, IT and Computer/Electrical Engineering, Fashion and Design, Communications and Marketing, Business and Finance, Law and Practice, Hospitality, and Medical Services).
The event received positive responses. Nothing similar has been done before, this was a career sharing with alumni speakers open to all students. The fresh idea of holding such an event was well-received by parents and speakers.
The long queue of students and their parents waiting to be seated was a memorable sight. We saw a lot of students from senior years who were seeking professional advice. Even students from junior years came with their parents, with hopes of discovering their interests early and preparing early for the academic challenges ahead.
Each career sharing session lasted for an hour, with the first 10-15 minutes dedicated to the alumni speaker’s sharing of experience and advice. The rest was a Q and A session, which for most of the talks tended to over-run into the next session. Apart from alumni, we were fortunate enough to have 3 guest speakers join us on the day. Their sharing added much depth to the scope of the topics discussed. Students attending the architecture sharing were able to learn from an alumni architect, a project engineer, and an architectural designer. Similarly, students attending the business and finance sharing were able to gain advice from speakers representing different specializations within the industry including equity trading, risk reporting, management, and investment banking. Thus, a holistic approach was emphasized to ensure that students gain an all-rounded and justified understanding of a particular career.
We also discovered that many parents who are working in a similar industry than that of the alumni speaker were able to contribute insightful comments and input into some questions amongst the group. For example, one parent who works in the business field talked about his experience working with company solicitors in a Law and Practice sharing. These instances offered students to look at their desired industry from the perspective of other career fields, expanding their understanding of how connections may exist between two seemingly different careers, also allowing them to anticipate the different people and occupations a particular job will require cooperation with.
The Alumni Career Sharing Session surely was a success valued by parents and students alike. We look forward to organizing more of such events in the coming years to increase alumni involvement in students’ career planning and general academic pursuits. Lastly, a warm word of thanks goes to all who made the event successful including 15 supportive alumni speakers (Daniel Tsoi, Eddie Siu, Wayne Hariman, Robert Sit, Wayne Tai, Elmy Lung, Augustine Wong, Paul Lei, Roland Leung, Vincent Poon, Jessica Lam, Jodia Ma, Jennifer Chan, Celine Hau, and James Luk) and 3 specially invited guest speakers (Jenny Chan, Edwin Tang, and James Li) for their valuable sharing, and also the parents, students, speakers, venue operators, and organizers. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!