Mean gross monthly income
has increased to HK$11,180, up nearly 10% on the previous year,
with the highest individual monthly salary standing at HK$24,640.
Over 30% of the graduates had secured a job before June 2005, with
most working as programmers. Genesis
invited two graduates from the department to reflect on
their valuable work experience:
Jacky Chau, now a system analyst and programmer at
HSBC, was offered five positions before June last year.
Working in a large enterprise, Jacky is deeply impressed
by the delicate division of labor. At the same time, he feels the
pressure: "When you are studying, the worst thing may be an
inability to score full-marks. But here, a bad performance could
potentially lead to millions of dollars of losses to clients. This
makes me realize I have to be on top form at work all the time."
Jacky said his experience gained from organizing
student societies and a Morgan Stanley internship also enhanced
his leadership and communication skills, which are essential for
anyone working in such a large enterprise.
Sammy Cheung participated in the Mainland Internship Program and
worked in a software company in Shanghai for six weeks. Upon graduation,
he began work as a programmer for Accenture, the global management
consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. His first
project was to participate in the development and test planning
of a Core Banking System for a large local bank.
Sammy is content having a job that he loves: "In
the future, I may have to work in China. Fluency in Putonghua is
essential to communicate with mainland clients. I had better equipped
myself," he said.
Ni, Head of Computer Science, believes the information technology
labor market has recovered. Apart from large corporations, a number
of SMEs have approached the department for possible recruits.
"Leadership, communication and presentation
skills are no less important than academic achievement in finding
a good job, as the cases of Jacky and Sammy demonstrate," he
Every year, the department provides 50 internship
opportunities for students to work in large corporations like HSBC
and IBM, to enhance their all-round development.