HKTDC Education and Careers Expo 2013
HKTDC Education and Careers Expo is an influential event of its kind in Hong Kong which provides an ideal platform matching employers and education institution with their ideal employees and students. The Expo was held during 31 January to 3 February 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It welcomed a record-breaking representation from 731 educational institutions, government departments, commercial organizations and professional bodies from 20 countries and regions, up 1.5% over 2012.
Thousands of local students, job seekers, working individuals and professionals attended the Expo. The Expo offered a big opportunity to visitors to gain information about their career options in various fields, or choose the best education programs as well as best institutes.
Centre of Quality Recruiters
The Expo featured 2 key zones: Education and Careers which showcased Hong Kong’s most influential and comprehensive recruiters and educational institutes.
The Education Section allowed exhibitors the opportunities to present their offers to the most motivated students. The zone attracted many renowned local and overseas universities, colleges, language schools, vocational training outlets and continuing education institutions to participate. They included The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s College of Professional and Continuing Education, Hong Kong University’s School of Professional and Continuing Education, The Open University of Hong Kong, Vocational Training Council, The Hong Kong Management Association, Hong Kong Hospitality & Tourism Academy, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Society of Professional Medical Care, New York Film Academy, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, University of Macau, International College of Management (Sydney). Exhibitors from Australia, the Chinese mainland, Europe and the United States had been further arranged into group pavilions for visitors’ ease of access.
The Careers Section introduced visitors many leading commercial enterprises, government departments, semi-government organizations and professional associations. Visitors were impressed by the variety of industries being covered, such as accounting, construction, engineering, financial planning, government, insurance, airlines, logistics and retail. Job seekers had face-to-face opportunities to impress leading employers looking to recruit the brightest local talents.
Some leading private and public sectors exhibited in the Expo included The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, Correction Services Department, Custom & Exercise Department, Immigration Department, Fire Services Department, Marine Department, Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, Office of The Ombudsman, American International Assurance Company (Bermuda) Limited, Bank of Communications Co., Ltd., Centaline Property Agency Limited, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited, Neo Derm (HK) Ltd., Sands China Ltd., efortune Corporation, South China Morning Post Publishers Limited and Ming Pao.
A number of exhibitors, including the Hong Kong Police Force, Kerry Logistics, Ricacorp Properties, FedEx Express and the Independent Commission Against Corruption, conducted job interviews and information sessions at the fairground. Human resources exhibitor Career Partner also conducted interviews on behalf of well-known companies such as Calvin Klein, D-mop, i.t. and JFT.
(Please refer to http://www.hktdc.com/fair/exlist/hkeducationexpo-en/HKTDC-Education-and-Careers-Expo/List-Of-Exhibitors.htm for a complete list of exhibitors)
Education & Career Theme Days
Unmet need for higher education in Hong Kong has created a culture where many students seek for study options in Greater China or overseas. Education theme days were arranged to feature areas with high demand and interest. This included Education Theme Days for studying in the Chinese mainland, Europe, Australia and the United States. Seminars and workshops are well received by visitors.
The pilot scheme of 70 Chinese mainland’s higher education institutions across 12 provinces and municipalities, exempting Hong Kong students from examination for admission, will continue in 2013/14. Such scheme attracts Hong Kong students to go north for study options. Among these institutions, Huaqiao University, Jimei University and Jinan University introduced their programs and vibrant campus life in the Expo. The ”Chinese mainland Education Day” provided an ideal platform for participants to learn more about this topic.
Career Theme Days was a new highlight this year. These theme days provided insights of the industries and career path information to interested job seekers and professionals. Seminars and workshops targeting various hot industries included Banking and Finance, Supply Chain & Logistics, Marketing & Management and Civil Service.
Extensive Activities and Seminar Programmes
An extensive range of events were organized to help visitors upgrade their educational qualifications, develop professional skills and enhance their career opportunities. Over 100 seminars and workshops were organized, covering practical topics such as speaking skill, interview skills, scholarships, CV and cover letter writing, etc.
To address the demand for enhancing understanding of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination and IELTS, trial tutorial classes on Liberal Studies and IELTS were organized for which positive feedback were received from the participants.
There were also celebrity-sharing sessions, Mr. Hanjin Tan (renowned musician), Mr. Ryan Lau (SPCA Hong Kong’s China Outreach Director) and Ms. Kit Mak (famous Chef and Food Stylist) were invited to share their career-building and life stories.
Other popular featured seminars and workshops included “HK Government AO/EO recruitment preparation workshop”, “HKDSE: Strategies for Further Studies”, “Multiple Pathways under the New Academic Structure” , “Emerging Industry – The Rise of Mediators” and “Becoming a mobile apps developer”, etc.
Following the success of the 2013 event, Education & Careers Expo 2014 is set to remain as an important event for both students and job-seekers. Be sure not to miss it!
For further information, please visit our website at www.hktdc.com/hkeducationexpo.
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Unit 13, Expo Galleria
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive
Tel: (852) 183-0668
Fax: (852) 2824-0026