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The in­au­gu­ral In­no­vat­ing Hong Kong — Global Tal­ent Car­ni­val will be held at Asia-World Expo on April 28 and 29. The event’s web­site says more than 1,000 com­pa­nies from over 10 coun­tries and re­gions will be on hand to of­fer over 10,000 jobs in the Guang­dong-Hong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area to qual­i­fied young tal­ents. It is no doubt a great one-stop job fair for as­pir­ing youths from Hong Kong, sur­round­ing cities and even far­ther away to seek and hope­fully find the po­si­tions they want. It is part of ef­forts by the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Gov­ern­ment and busi­ness com­mu­nity to at­tract young tal­ents to this ris­ing in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy hub that is also build­ing it­self up into a tal­ent hub.

Me­dia re­ports say many lo­cal univer­sity stu­dents who will grad­u­ate this sum­mer plan to at­tend the in­au­gu­ral GTC, which is not sur­pris­ing since this is the first of its kind to be held in Hong Kong. Or­ga­niz­ers ex­pect many more young tal­ents from the Bay Area and other main­land re­gions to come in search of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties when the GTC opens. For lo­cal youths, of course, that means strong com­pe­ti­tion from all around. There will be job open­ings for sure but only those who are pre­pared can ex­pect a good chance of suc­cess in land­ing a de­sired pro­fes­sional po­si­tion. Re­mem­ber, in the job mar­ket no one can be too pre­pared and no one should ex­pect any suc­cess if they are not equipped. Pre­pared­ness means more than aca­demic achieve­ment. It also in­cludes fa­mil­iar­ity with and ex­pe­ri­ence in the Bay Area.

Hong Kong is de­ter­mined to be a lead­ing in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy cen­ter in this part of Asia with some ad­van­tages other cities in the re­gion don’t have, such as ef­fec­tive rule of law, a free-mar­ket econ­omy and ex­ten­sive global busi­ness and hu­man con­nec­tions fa­cil­i­tated by mod­ern in­fras­truc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, ef­fi­cient ser­vices and a hard-work­ing mul­ti­lin­gual com­mu­nity of pro­fes­sion­als. We need young blood to main­tain healthy so­cio-eco­nomic growth as Hong Kong con­tin­ues to in­te­grate its own de­vel­op­ment into the over­all de­vel­op­ment strat­egy of the na­tion, not to men­tion count­less new inno-tech star­tups that will be formed in the Bay Area as it fur­ther de­vel­ops in the days to come. This means the in­au­gu­ral GTC is also an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for col­lege un­der­grad­u­ates to ob­serve and learn in prepa­ra­tion for fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tions.

Speak­ing of the fu­ture, it is widely agreed that all tra­di­tional in­dus­tries and sec­tors will de­pend on their inno-tech ap­ti­tude to sur­vive and thrive, with au­to­ma­tion and prob­a­bly ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence play­ing an in­creas­ingly de­ci­sive role sooner rather than later.

For sec­ondary-school stu­dents aim­ing for higher ed­u­ca­tion, this means they should se­ri­ously con­sider AI-re­lated en­gi­neer­ing ma­jors if not AI it­self as much as they eye “tra­di­tional” fa­vorites such as medicine, law, fi­nance and ac­count­ing, be­cause those well-paid pro­fes­sions can and will be re­placed, or at least partly re­placed, by AI some­day.

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