Photo 1(L-R): Gery Chan, David
Lee, Registrar Lee Shu Wing, Daisy Chow, Ida Au
Photo 2(L-R): Daisy Chow, Ida Au, Gery Chan, David Lee
|A positive correlation was found between higher academic
qualifications and career development in a survey conducted by the Open
University of Hong Kong (OUHK) on its 2006 graduates. Over 60 per cent of the
survey respondents also indicated that they had better work performance after
The survey was conducted in January 2008 by means of online questionnaires to
the University's 2,950 graduates in 2006, with a response rate of 14.9 per cent.
In addition, most graduates replied that they obtained salary increment or
promotion, or had changed to better jobs after graduation.
The survey also showed that graduates who opted to study at the OUHK were
looking for self development, career advancement and knowledge enhancement,
while their self learning capacity, time management and problem solving ability
had also been improved after their study. Nearly 50 per cent of the respondents
were considering further study within the next 12 months.
The OUHK will confer postgraduate, undergraduate and sub-degree awards on
some 2,200 students in June this year. Among them, 170 have completed
postgraduate programmes in Mainland China. OUHK Registrar Mr Lee Shu Wing
introduced four graduates who shared their exemplary experiences.
Daisy Chow is running a web solution company and always on
the move. In order to have more flexibility in managing her study schedule, she
opted for the OUHK's distance learning and will be conferred a Master of
Business Administration degree this year. Daisy has many wonderful memories at
OUHK. Apart from widening her social network, a joyful surprise
was winning an outstanding student award when she was pregnant. She also
treasured a lot the sharing of work and life experiences by the tutors. She
found the course on human resource management particularly useful as she could
apply the theories and knowledge gained in the work place. As a result of an
improvement in management and performance, her company was conferred a People
Management Award 2007 by the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management.
Daisy encourages her family members and colleagues to pursue lifelong learning
and she will be a role model for them.
David Lee has been providing newspaper supplements on
education for more than 18 years. He enrolled on the OUHK's Master of Education
programme in 2001 to learn more about the development of education in Hong Kong
and will graduate this year. While David is a managing editor at work, he is
also a husband and a father at home, as well as a student and a part-time tutor
at the OUHK, teaching the course "News Writing, Editing and Advertising". Having
two different identities at the OUHK made him more aware of the needs of
students. The flexible study mode and comprehensive support of the OUHK
complemented perfectly David's various roles and responsibilities. He also felt
grateful to family members for allowing him to spend less time with them to
concentrate on his studies.
The career prospects of enrolled nurse Ida Au looked bleak
after public hospitals and private hospitals stopped offering training courses
for nurses one after another in the late 1990s. When the OUHK offered the Higher
Diploma in Nursing to help enrolled nurses to become registered nurses, Ida
finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel. However, Ida could only embark
on her study in the following year because of keen competition among aspiring
nurses. She also had to defer study for one year due to financial hardship but
finally became a registered nurse in 2006.
Ida sometimes felt completely run-down by the obstacles and hardship on the
road of study. But the company of caring nurse tutors who also had to handle
demanding hospital workload propelled her to soldier on. She was grateful to
programme leader Dr Joseph Lee for his valuable guidance and concern for
students. To further enhance her professional knowledge and skills, Ida attended
the bachelor's degree course in nursing which she completed this year.
Gery Chan left school after Form Six and started her career
in an investment bank. At present she is a Vice President working in the Equity
Derivatives Division, responsible for establishing a trading platform for
emerging markets to broaden the bank's client base. During her work with the
same company for so many years, Gery encountered quite a number of challenges,
such as the company being taken over and merged with another one, the Asian
financial crisis, SARS and staff layoff, to name but a few. Fortunately she has
not been adversely affected and even got job promotions. Knowing that many of
her subordinates have higher qualifications, Gery realized that she must upgrade
herself. She joined the OUHK in 2001 and obtained a BBA in Banking and Finance
Like most working adults, Gery has a busy schedule. She can only study during
her commute on the MTR before and after work on weekdays and go to the library
at weekends. Thanks to the OUHK's flexible mode of study, Gery is able to strike
a balance between her work, study, family life and friends. Gery plans to
continue her studies for a master degree at another local university.