It's important to remember there are plenty of other tertiary education opportunities.
Chiu Kam-kuen is a student at the Construction Industry Council Training Academy (Kowloon Bay Training Centre).
Civil engineering is a rewarding but challenging job with lots of pressure. If you have a taste for the outdoors, it is a definite plus in this profession.
Apprentice foreman Chan Kai-chi puts the finishing touches to a wall in Sheung Shui.
The path to becoming a construction foreman and, finally, a site agent takes at least 10 years
Ecotour guide Wong Hing-yuk in the wetlands of Nam Sang Wai, Yuen Long.
If you love plants and animals - and riding a bike - then being an ecotour guide for tourists in the western New Territories is just right.
Ken Fok turned sport into his career.
A hotel health club instructor must be fit, flexible and, most of all, friendly to all the guests and clients.
Concierge clerk Marco Lee from The Langham Hong Kong loves his job.
A concierge always puts the guests first and will do whatever it takes to ensure visitors to our city have an enjoyable stay in our top hotels.
Training centre graduate Sakura Leung with some tools of the bakery trade.
It is uncommon to see a girl working in a bakery, but Sakura Leung Wai-yi, 22, is determined to be a baker because she loves seeing people enjoy her bread.
Kaylie Chan visits her human and canine clients at their homes.
If you love animals and aren't afraid of a few energetic customers, then dog grooming could be the choice for you
Ku Tin-fung is working his way up the kitchen ladder.
Becoming a head chef may take time and a lot of hard work, but it can bring big rewards.
James Wong says matching food and wine is one of the main responsibilities of a sommelier.
Sommeliers need a good memory, a keen sense of taste, and a passion for wines
Ivan Chan, of Hongkong International Terminals
Negotiating skills, keeping your cool, and being able to handle money are important for working in procurement