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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.