A Chinese University of Hong Kong study has found that local secondary students have difficulty choosing a career compared to the students in other countries.
Data was collected from the 20,111 local students in year 2016 with the help of the Career Decision Making Difficulties Questionnaire.
The results showed that out of nine, Hong Kong students scored an average of 4.89, with nine as being the highest perceived in difficulty choosing a future career.
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The CUHK says that local students had higher scores compared to their peers overseas. Using the same questionnaire, those in the United States had an average score of 3.5. Students in South Korea scored an average of 4.5, similar to those that in Italy who also had an average score of 4.5.
The study indicates that 31.5 percent of local students are at a loss when it comes to career planning, where 5 percent of these are claiming that they gave zero knowledge on the subject matter.
It only shows that the local students are in dire need of career counseling and guidance from their schools to steer them to the right path, says the university.
The university now plans to extend a career and life planning program, CLAP for Youth, to help address this problem. CLAP for Youth was launched back in 2015. Its operators are hopeful that they could partner with 200 schools and reach 30,000 students in the next five years.
Chief principal investigator Alvin Leung Seung-ming comments that career and life planning is not just about attending a university or getting a high-income job. He says that this is all about nurturing the students’ passions and strengths, which can be done when students explore their interest and introduced to possible careers.
A local teacher involved in the program that goes by the name Paul Lau Chun-por is now telling that this will help the students have a better understanding of their true aspirations.