Date
18 January 2017
Although business schools have become the preferred option for many top students in Hong Kong, employers reveal in surveys that those degrees aren't what they care most when hiring. Photo: HKEJ
Although business schools have become the preferred option for many top students in Hong Kong, employers reveal in surveys that those degrees aren't what they care most when hiring. Photo: HKEJ

Things our business school students need to bear in mind

Business schools have become the preferred option for many top students in Hong Kong in recent years.

Some pupils, however, may be pursuing the courses for the wrong reasons or may be getting carried away by the notion that a management degree would automatically lead to a financially rewarding career, academics say.

“Lots of students want to get into business schools these days, but are they doing something they really like or just making the most out of their good grades to meet their parents’ expectations,” iknow.hkej.com quotes Professor Simon Ho Shun-man, president of Hang Seng Management College, as saying.

A number of surveys show that a business degree isn’t the primary consideration of employers.

Multinational firms, in particular, put a lot more emphasis on the job applicant’s communication ability, analytical and problem solving skills, team spirit, international vision, self learning and self control capability, Ho noted.

Analyzing the factors of success, Dalian Wanda founder and China’s richest man Wang Jianlin once said that the most important thing is this: doing something that one is really interested in.

Students who are thinking about joining business schools should heed the advice of Ho and Wang.

Business, after all, is quite different from studies. One has to be willing to take risks and move proactively to make things happen.

Innovation ability and networking skills, which are not reflected in academic scores, are often the elements that will determine success in the real world.

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