Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the 30th edition of the HKTDC Education & Careers Expo runs from Feb. 6-9 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Open to the public free of charge, the expo provides comprehensive information on education and job opportunities available in Hong Kong and overseas. Featuring two major sections—Careers and Education—the four-day fair will host 880 organizations representing more than 20 countries and regions, including educational institutions and consultants, professional associations, government departments, public organizations and private companies.
“This year’s Education & Careers Expo features several thematic zones covering further education, continuing studies and job opportunities,” says Benjamin Chau, HKTDC deputy executive director. “It also highlights four career theme days, including the brand new Future Tech Talent Day and Aviation Day, along with the popular Electrical & Mechanical Day and Culinary Day which both return again this year. Some of the exhibitors will provide the latest job market updates relating to popular industries such as healthcare, finance and engineering, while information on further education, continuing studies and working holidays will also be on offer. Visitors will get the chance to chart a new path forward based on their own preferences and needs.”
On the first day of the expo, the new Future Tech Talent Day, organized by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, will feature experts sharing their insights on digital technology, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and the application of artificial intelligence in daily life and industrial development. Visitors and job seekers can get up to date on the latest market trends.
The Electrical & Mechanical Day will feature engineers from companies such as CLP, Hong Kong Electric, Towngas and MTR Corporation to explore industry potential and trends. On the third day of the expo, the Culinary Day, co-organized with the Chinese Culinary Institute and International Culinary Institute, will provide cooking demonstration to visitors looking to learn more about prospects in the industry. Specialists from the food and beverage sector, including sommeliers, will be on hand to share their career experience. The last day of the expo will feature the Aviation Day, supported by Airport Authority Hong Kong, where pilots will share their industry experiences and prospects.
Enlarged in scale in 2020, this year’s Recruitment Square will cooperate with various recruitment platforms to invite local companies such as Cathay Pacific Catering Services Limited, China Evergrande Group, Hang Lung Properties, Asia Airfreight Terminal Co Ltd, Pure International and Modern Beauty Salon to provide on-site job recruitment, with some of them offering on-the-spot interviews. Various government departments and public organizations, including the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Hong Kong Council for Testing and Certification, will also accept job applications on-site. More than 2,600 job opportunities will be offered during the expo.
The Youth Zone returns this year with information on continuing education and career planning for young people. Representatives from the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups will introduce popular courses such as the Certificate in Playgroup Tutor Training, Certificate in Veterinary Assistant Training and Certificate in eSports Management. Representatives from the Labour Department and various consulates will introduce the Working Holiday Scheme that allows young people to explore opportunities available overseas.
Education theme days will provide an in-depth introduction to studying in Mainland China, the United States, France and Japan. Representatives from Huaqiao University, Jinan University, EducationUSA, CampusFrance and the Consulate-General of Japan in Hong Kong will host seminars highlighting the prerequisites for admission and application procedures, information on campus life and more. The International Exchange Village also returns to provide visitors with on-site consultation services for studying and working overseas. Participating consulates general and official education authorities include Austria, Argentina, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia and the US.
Meanwhile, a series of seminars on working holidays will highlight the job opportunities and application requirements in Austria, France, Japan and Germany.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (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. The HKTDC organizes international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. For more info, visit:www.hktdc.com/aboutus.