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The Department of Computer Science has achieved a stunning success with 100% employment among the Class of 2005 — matching the same remarkable feat of last year.

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.

Like Jacky, 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.

Prof Lionel 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 said.

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.



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