Posts Tagged ‘employment’

Cracking the Chinese Job Market

Cracking the Chinese Job Market

In his most recent Policy Address, the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying called on Hong Kong’s young people to grab the opportunities offered by China’s vast market, to go and make their fortunes there. Varsity talks to Hong Kong people working in the Mainland and asks whether greater economic integration is the only way forward for Hong Kong.

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Building a City without Walls

Building a City without Walls

Government proposals to import more foreign labour to make up for the shortfall in manpower for the construction industry has sparked fierce debate. But it seems the potential of the local workforce has not been fully utilised. Many of Hong Kong’s local ethnic minorities are employed in the construction industry. Yet, discrimination is rife and prospects for career advancement limited by the language barrier.

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Jobs Give Ex-Offenders a Second Chance

Jobs Give Ex-Offenders a Second Chance

Ex-offenders often encounter discrimination when they leave prison and re-enter society. It can be hard for them to overcome social prejudice and find jobs. But as Varsity discovers, there are some organisations and employers who are working to to give former offenders a chance to start afresh through employment.

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Alternative Paths to Universities

Alternative Paths to Universities

Associate Degrees were introduced in 2000 to provide more opportunities for students to pursue tertiary education if they failed to get onto a traditional undergraduate programme. They were supposed to lead to either jobs or to eventual entry into a university degree course. Varsity looks at whether they have fulfilled their promise.

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Peel Off the Label

Peel Off the Label

The recent court-cases over whether foreign domestic workers should have the right to apply for the right of abode in Hong Kong has sparked heated debate. Filipinos and Indonesians have borne the brunt of emotional rhetoric warning and doomsday predictions. But while most Filipinos are working as domestic helpers in Hong Kong, the territory is also home to a Filipino community that includes professionals and business people. Varsity meets some of them.

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Charities pay to receive

Charities pay to receive

For many people, charities should spend all the money they raise to help those in need; fundraisers should be volunteers. The reality is many groups in Hong Kong, and around the world, use part of their donations to hire street fundraisers. Varsity finds out why.

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Young and Poor in Hong Kong

Young and Poor in Hong Kong

Reporters: Katherine Chan and Melanie Leung With a cap pulled over his head and a pair of black-rimmed glasses, 22-year-old Jay looks like a typical Hong Kong youngster. His eyes are glazed over with fatigue – not because of endless hours spent playing computer games but from long hours of work, day in, day out. […]

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Students Seek Riches in Direct Selling

Students Seek Riches in Direct Selling

By Hazel Chung Chin Ching and Vinky Wong Hiu-ying It has hosted cheering crowds for countless pop concerts and sporting events, but on this night, the audience is there to see different kinds of stars. One woman is frantically pressing the record button on her recording pen as 2,000 pairs of inflatable clapping sticks whipped […]

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No Respite for Hong Kong’s Working Poor

No Respite for Hong Kong’s Working Poor

Reporters: Andrew Choi Tsz-hong and Piano Ho On a typical work day, 50-year old Tsoi Wai-man wakes up at around 5 a.m., gets ready and walks to the office to start his shift as a security guard at 6.45 a.m. The shift is supposed to end at 7 p.m. but he often ends up staying […]

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Be your own boss

Be your own boss

Reporters: Nia Tam and Beverly Yau While thousands of graduates fill in countless job application forms and ponder their futures every year, other young people are not thinking about finding their dream job but about setting up their own business. Becoming an entrepreneur may be the realisation of a childhood dream or simply the result […]

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