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Founded in 1933, Hang Seng Bank Limited is one of Hong Kong’s largest listed companies

Bloomberg Hong Kong's icon

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas.

BNP Paribas Hong Kong's icon

We serve our customers in 75 countries, and we’ve been strongly rooted in Asia Pacific since 1860. We have more than 12,000 employees in the region and operate in 14 markets.

Jane Street Hong Kong's icon

We bring a deep understanding of markets, a scientific approach, and innovative technology to trade in the world's highly competitive financial markets, focusing primarily on equities and equity derivatives.

Bank of China (HK) Hong Kong's icon

Established on 1 October 2001, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (referred to as Bank of China (Hong Kong) or BOCHK) is a locally incorporated licensed bank. It has combined the businesses of ten* of the twelve banks in Hong Kong originally belonging to the Bank of China Group.

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Hilti provides leading-edge technology to the global construction industry. Hilti products, systems and services offer the construction professional innovative solutions with outstanding added value. The headquarters of the Hilti Group are in Schaan in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

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Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is one of Asia's oldest and most prestigious membership clubs.

BT Global Services Hong Kong's icon

Welcome to the BT Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa Graduate website. It's an exciting time to be part of BT Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa region, and we're looking for talented graduates to help us succeed.

Jardine Matheson Hong Kong's icon

Jardine Matheson founded in China in 1832 and is today a diversified business group employing over 390,000 people. The Group’s interests include Jardine Pacific, Jardine Motors, Jardine Lloyd Thompson, Hongkong Land, Dairy Farm, Mandarin Oriental, Jardine Cycle & Carriage and Astra International.

EY Hong Kong's icon

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over.

Hopewell Hong Kong's icon

Every year, Hopewell recruits high-calibre individuals who zealously eager to expand business opportunities with us. With our highly supportive management and lean organisational structure, you will be able to explore cross-functional professional trainings and much all-round personal development.

Barclays Hong Kong's icon

We have a 300-year-strong foundation on which to build. Our status as one of the world’s major financial services providers gives us weight and momentum.

CLP Power Hong Kong's icon

Established in 1901, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited is the principal subsidiary of the CLP Group. We are the largest vertically-integrated electricity generation, transmission and distribution company in Hong Kong serving 80 percent of the territory's population.

New World Group Hong Kong's icon

New World Development Company Limited (“The Group”; Stock Code: 17.HK) is a leading conglomerate based in Hong Kong. The Group was founded in 1970 and publicly listed in Hong Kong in 1972.

Avery Dennison Hong Kong's icon

The Avery Dennison story begins in 1935. Today, Avery Dennison manufactures and distributes labeling and packaging materials in over 50 countries.

KPMG Hong Kong's icon

KPMG is a global network of member firms with over 162,000 people worldwide, including more than 9,000 people across 16 offices in China. We provide audit, tax and advisory services to many of the world's foremost companies.

Towngas Hong Kong's icon

As one of the largest energy suppliers in Hong Kong and mainland China, we serve over 1.8 million households in Hong Kong and over 22 million households, and we have around 2,000 employees in Hong Kong and more than 46,000 employees in Mainland.

Telstra Hong Kong's icon

Telstra is one of the iconic Australians. Today we are a company that looks to the world of tomorrow. We are on the forefront of the communications revolution and it is an exciting place to be.

HSBC Hong Kong's icon

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. Our four Global Businesses serve around 46 million customers through a network of around 4,400 offices in 71 countries and territories.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited Hong Kong's icon

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) is a leading operator of exchanges and clearing houses, with major operations in Hong Kong and London, and one of the world's largest exchange groups by market capitalisation.

Graduate Jobs in Hong Kong


Hong Kong is a place that can be full of opportunities for a graduate to advance in their career. It is known to be a regional hub for banking and finance with a demand of graduates with expertise in this area as well as for accounting and legal skills. With the increase of qualified graduates it may be harder to secure work in those areas, however, Hong Kong also offer jobs in various fields of expertise. 

Working in Hong Kong gives graduates the opportunity to work in major industries and companies, the service industry accounting for more that 90% of GDP with the financial and professional services being the most important. A few major companies you could work in are1:

  • Bank of China (BOC) Hong Kong
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • China Mobile
  • China Netcom Group
  • China Unicorn
  • Jardine Matheson
  • Sun Hung Kai Properties
  • CLP Holdings etc.

 

Cantonese is the most frequently used language for areas of business and without the benefits of being fluent in the language it will limit the job opportunities available to graduates, especially if candidates are determined to work in Mainland China. However, Hong Kong widely accepts and is accessible to English speakers as well.

Getting the Job

There are many different ways to apply for a job, and as the Internet becomes a fast medium of communication, digital application forms have become increasingly common when applying for jobs in Hong Kong. There is also the alternative of sending an application through email with your CV attached. It is important to remember to use formal language when submitting applications online.

Interviews are the moment to make a good impression to your employer. Throughout the interview, make sure to appear interested and mention any references or connections with the company. Some employers might conduct group interviews or set entrance tests to be able to see if candidates are suitable for the job. Through these, the employers would test your general abilities, aptitudes and interests related to the job. Psychometric tests are often used during job interviews, and examples can be found online, which could be useful to prepare for other interviews.

A few ways to prepare for an interview are to2:

  • Find information about the company you’re applying at
  • Think in advance about questions that might be asked and prepare for possible responses
  • Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and prepare answers that show your improvements to your weaknesses
  • Be aware of situations where you have dealt with problems and provide examples to show the employer how you handle situations
  • Prepare questions to ask to show that you are interested in the business

Career Opportunities

Hong Kong has an abundance of careers in different areas of expertise for graduates to choose from. Expectations of Hong Kong’s economy are optimistic and this leads to be an expansion of career opportunities in the field of financial services, especially accounting and investment trusts. The average starting salary for graduates depending on the chosen sector is at least $10,000+ (Hong Kong Dollars per month). Other career opportunities in Hong Kong can also be found in these areas2

  • Accounting and finance
  • There are many opportunities in Hong Kong in this field due to their strong relationship with China and having to have both new and experienced accountants to be present with their partnership securing ties and offering opportunities for accountants in the region. Many firms operate graduate training schemes with recruitment periods and graduates would find themselves taking a round of tests before being offered a job in this area.

 

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Hong Kong has recently experienced a shortage of skilled workers in the high-tech manufacturing industry, which becomes a potential source of employment and opportunity for graduates who are looking to start a career.

 

  • Architecture, planning and construction
  • Known for its infrastructures and modern designed buildings that tower the as the city skyline, Hong Kong has a steady architecture industry. Hong Kong’s architecture is based on space saving and large-scale city planning, which allows there to be a variety of opportunities for those who want to work in this field. The industry attracts some of the best architects around the world and focuses on contemporary design. To be part of the architecture field, it is important to be registered with the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA).

 

  • Biotechnology
  • Hong Kong has shown growth in the industry of biotechnology with its research, technology and development methods. As a steadily growing industry with signs of increasing in the future, there are around 300 biotechnology companies in Hong Kong that mostly consists of healthcare/pharmaceutical.

 

  • Engineering
  • The industry of engineer also offers career opportunities for graduates and to work in the industry, it would require to have a level of past experience and a university degree in engineering as well as being a member of the Hong Kong institute of Engineers (HKIE). Those that are members of the HKIE organisation are regarded as a professional in the area.

 

  • Health and medical care
  • Healthcare in Hong Kong are looking for new skilled workers to work in the growing industry, offering prospects to those that are qualified and looking for challenges, allowing the opportunity to expand and develop their future career in healthcare.

 

  • ICT and e-commerce
  • For recent graduates and experienced ICT professionals, the ICT industry in Hong Kong has many work vacancy and offers career potential due to the industry expanding at a rapid pace. To get the job in the industry however requires for candidates to meet their standards that are quiet high.

 

The number of people that seek work in Hong Kong is ever increasing, ranging from professionals, expatriates and graduates. There are many industries that offer job opportunities in Hong Kong, however the job market is competitive among graduates due to the increased levels of training that graduates go through. Other major sectors also include chemicals, consumer products, food processing, machine building, mining, technology, textiles and transport.

Graduate/Management Trainee Programmes

When working with a company, graduates are given the opportunity to partake in their programmes. All sorts of companies have management trainee programmes available for graduates that aim to nurture and prepare individuals for the business with a varied period of length depending on the company. These programmes allow candidates to be familiar with the workings of the business and gain experience. After completion of the programs, the company may offer candidates positions and support.


1 Target Jobs, Working in Hong Kong, 2015
2 ed.ac.uk, Starting your career in Hong Kong Country Guide for International Students, 2015

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