Financial paradox

Financial paradox

Despite their interest in business as a university subject, many students seem reluctant to enter the financial sector, a study finds

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Graduates prefer to apply for less-stressful jobs
Graduates prefer to apply for less-stressful jobs
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Business Administration remains the most popular university subject choice among secondary school graduates, but only a few of them want to enter the finance industry because of its heavy workload and long working hours, a survey has shown.

The study by Quality People Resources Limited surveyed 1,200 students who took this year's Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exam. The aim of the survey was to find out young people's educational preferences and career goals.

A fifth of the respondents - 21 per cent - said they would like to major in Business Administration at university. It was followed by Social Science (15 per cent).

However, when it came to career choices, about 12 per cent of those surveyed said finance would be their most disliked career option, despite its popularity as a subject among students. They said it would be difficult to deal with the stress and workload of a career in finance.

The study also revealed that most DSE students - about 88 per cent - wanted to pursue further education. More than half - 52 per cent - said they would like to complete at least a bachelor's degree.

Experts, including Leung Wing-jong, founder of Organisational Learning Consultancy Limited, advised young people to learn more about their true interests and follow their hearts. They should also think more critically before deciding on their best career option.


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