Have you ever thought of what it feels like flying a drone by yourself or, even better, contributing to the work of building one? Probably many students had this desire, as they crowded around the booth of Shenzhen-based drone developers DJI at a career expo organised by Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP), to present university students with cutting edge careers and show secondary school students what degrees are the most valuable if they want to join the creative new industries of the 21st century.
Career paths are changing with many new opportunities being created by the fast technological developments of our days. HKSTP organised the Science Park Career Expo – the largest expo featuring the innovation and technology sector – to showcase these changes and give students a helping hand in understanding what are the most up-to-date and exciting new trends in industry and research.
“Hong Kong’s innovation and technology industry is actually full of great potential. The key is to recognise your goals and stick to your dreams. There are always opportunities to shine in this industry,” said Allen Ma, chief executive of HKSTP, which manages the Science Park, Innocentre and three industrial estates in Tai Po, Yuen Long and Tseung Kwan O.
The effort was supported by close to 80 technology companies offering 600 jobs and internships, as well as universities and industry associations actively supporting the event with plenty of presentations on different branches of industry from biotech and robotics to ICT and technology, as well as sharing of career tips.
Some of the exhibitors told stories of how they rose in the ranks of their corporation or successfully changed professions, while start-up entrepreneurs told how they set up their companies and overcame the odds.
After lunch, about 40 students had the chance to ask two start-up founders some questions up close and personal. These were the students who participated in a competition of journalistic writing.
First, these secondary and university students enjoyed a journalism workshop to get an insight into the work of the press and learn more about how to write a good article. They were led through the steps of gathering the news, asking the right questions and creating an article – with a useful question time at the end of the two-hour session.
Split in two groups, then they had almost an hour to interview two start-up founders. Tommie Lo, founder and chief executive of Prologue and an economics and mathematics graduate, explained students how his passion for a free and equal education led him to set up the company and how he refused to sell it to a tutorial company even at the most critical point in the business.
“Every book starts with a prologue and I want to start a new chapter in tutorials,” he said.
Dennis Kwan, engineering director of QBS founded the IT services company upon his graduation in 2011 and now designs and implements solutions for SMEs while developing its own products.
The two entrepreneurs gave a good picture of their commitment to their dream and what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and the students were deeply impressed by their creativity and perseverance.
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