Pathways to Employment – event summary now available
In September 2015, over 270 delegates from Hong Kong’s private, public and social sectors – as well as youth representatives – convened to explore young people’s journeys as they transition from education to work. The goal was to kick-start dialogue among stakeholders to make this transition more manageable and rewarding.
Summit participants suggested there are numerous disconnects between young people, their families and potential employers, resulting in young people feeling uncertain about their future. Issues include:
- Differing expectations about education;
- Mixed messaging from different stakeholders;
- Differing expectations regarding remuneration and job satisfaction.
Delegates agreed that solutions must involve cross-sectoral approaches that draw in all stakeholders with a shared interest in Hong Kong’s future: parents, educators, non-governmental organisations and policymakers, as well as the private sector and job seekers. Keys suggestions are:
- Raising awareness of alternative educational and career options;
- Ensuring a rounded education – and more links with employers;
- Employers need to build workplaces with purpose.