The four-day 30th HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade and Development Council) Education & Careers Expo expo came to a close in Hong Kong, 18 July, having successfully linked up visitors with over 2,600 job vacancies on offer.
The show was held at the HKCEC concurrently with the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, HKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo and HKTDC World of Snacks. Open to the public free of charge, the two major sections at the expo - Education and Careers - provided comprehensive information on education and job opportunities.
This year’s expo had six zones, including the Self-Betterment Zone, Tertiary Academy Zone, Vocational and Professional Education Zone, Continuing Education Zone, Creative and Educational Support Services Zone and International Exchange Village.
Margaret Fong, HKTDC executive director, said 800 exhibitors, including educational institutions, government departments, public organisations, professional associations and private enterprises representing 14 countries and regions, had taken part in the show.
The expo’s education theme days highlighted studying in the United States, with representatives from consulate general offices on hand to introduce the prerequisites for admission, application procedures, information on campus life and more.
On the third day of the expo (17 July), the brand-new Skills theme, organised by the Vocational Training Council (VTC), invited several winners from the WorldSkills Competition to share their experience. Seminars were organised on a variety of topics, including interior design, wardrobe, jewellery and webpage development. On the last day of the expo (18 July), medical and healthcare professionals share their work experience, career pathways and job requirements during the Introduction to Healthcare and Medical Sector theme day.
On-the-spot recruitment was another popular feature and representatives from the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups introduce a range of popular courses such as floral design, barista skills, art therapy, speech therapy and STEM learning.
WHub, a Hong Kong start-up community platform, worked the show with nine local start-ups for on-site recruitment. In addition, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau set up a booth to help young people explore opportunities for study, work and entrepreneurship arising from the development of the Greater Bay Area.
Various celebrities also attended the show to offer valuable experiences and insights.
Dominic Tong, senior lecturer from the Department of Physics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and guest host of the TVB programme Sidewalk Scientist, share some intriguing ways to understand physic. The following day, Bonnie Wong, DJ from Commercial Radio Hong Kong, spoke about her career experience after graduation and how she made her dream come true by embracing the opportunity to become a TV and radio host. And education expert Jeffrey Hui advise participants on the strategies for studying in the UK and offered golden tips on how to put together a great CV.
HKTDC is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub.