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A hard time of year for students

The summer vacation may seem long to students as they look forward to it, but can then pass in a flash and, in seemingly no time they are back to the daily grind of hefting bags, homework and the challenge of a new school year.

However, those who took the public examinations last year may still find themselves wondering if they should opt to look for work or further their studies. Even those who are able to keep studying still worry about their choice of subjects, as this does affect their future job opportunities.

Parents may have already run around consulting with friends and relatives on subject choice in the hope that they may help their children attain their dream job after graduation. But this type of parental concern can also put pressure on students.

At the other end of the ladder, those who are just beginning pre-school, primary or secondary education face a new environment and curriculum.

Those who take the New Senior Secondary Subjects need to prepare themselves for the new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examination in the coming few years.

It is important for students to choose subjects based not only on their academic results, but also on their personal interests. If young students can commit themselves wholeheartedly to their favourite subjects in the coming years, they have a chance of success.

But parents need to resist the temptation to put well-meaning pressure on their children.

Young people who are setting out to work in society face different challenges. While low educational qualifications will limit job opportunities, long working hours or great demands on physical strength can also deter them from taking up some jobs.

On the other hand, parents sometimes complain about their children’s lack of interest in work, which damages the child-parent relationship.

Employers can also provide opportunities for learning and advancement, as well as creating positions suitable for young people. Young people on the job hunt should pay great attention to the opportunities a job may offer for learning and advancement, rather than just looking at the immediate income and short term working conditions.

The intentions expressed in the Apostleship of Prayer for September ask that opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.


We deeply believe that the effect of prayer is more powerful than anything else. Thus we wish that all parents, employers and teachers will be able to identify the needs of young people and make good plans for them. Young people should also identify their own strengths and weaknesses and make efforts for their own future. SE