I am currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Degree at Benedictine College.
For most University students, the logical first step after graduating is "finding a job". That is certainly one option for me, but another option that far few graduate students consider is "starting a business".
There are many reasons why most Hong Kong students look for employment with established companies when graduating. These include:
- the prospect and security offered by an immediate salary and the benefits of the knowledge and experience that one can get from working for an established company.
- On a resume, a person's past employment experiences will obviously be taken into account by future employers, and in Hong Kong, working for a reputable company (preferably a foreign company) will reflect positively on the employee.
I have already had a number of interview with prospective employers. One position in particular, with Nvidia based in Hong Kong, interested me. But after giving it a lot of thought, I decided to give starting my own business a try.
In terms of getting an immediate salary, I am lucky that I still live at home with my parents. I also have a number of part-time jobs, which include teaching students on Lamma Island. And with regard to the benefits of the knowledge and experience that one can get from working for an established company, I really think that I will get a wider range of knowledge and experiences by being involved in starting a business. And as for how this will look on my resume to a prospective employer, I am hopeful that any future employer would be quite impressed with how I have spent my time, and the knowledge and experience I have acquired. Also, I am still very young. Many of colleagues will not graduate from University until they are 22 or 23, so I think at my current age, its entirely fine to give running a business a try!