In his best-selling book, ‘Why ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students and ‘B’ Students Work for the Government’, Robert Kiyosaki, expresses his belief that Grade A students who read well, memorize well and get high marks in exams are not necessarily destined to be the best creative thinkers, visionaries or entrepreneurs. Whereas, Grade C students, often grow up to be the creators of new ideas, businesses or innovative products. An education system focusing solely on academic attainment will not necessarily deliver the intended results.
There has been some good news for Hong Kong startups in recent weeks with the Home Affairs Bureau and the Youth Commission launching a HK$300 million Youth Development Fund to assist young people in launching their own business or rolling out creative projects.
On average, job interviews last for 40 minutes. This means there is only a short window of opportunity for a candidate to make a good impression on an interviewer. However, it also means that there is equal if not greater pressure on the interviewer in this small amount of time, to ask the right questions in order to gather all the information they need in order to assess whether the person sat in front of them is a viable hire.
Dreams and jobs… dream jobs, no oxymoron is more obvious. For a very long time, I thought dream jobs didn’t exist (at least on a practical level). My dream job at different stages in life include (in chronological order) being a top fashion designer, a twirling ballerina, a balling banker, a master chef and now a writer. Most of these were forgotten and lost into the void, usually out of my own self-doubt, the difficulty of the climb, the perceived lack of reward or a combination of all.
Your hiring manager has locked onto his future team member. The stakes are high and there a no more candidates in the shortlist after 3 months of an extensive search. A search which has cost you time, money and productivity. You put the offer in-front of the “chosen-one” and after a week of back and forth they’ve turned you down, leaving your job offer rejected.
Although it is not the most widely spoken language in the world, English has been firmly established as the international language of choice. But has this led to an increased growth in English teaching jobs in Hong Kong and is there the teaching talent to meet this demand?