Enriching the Experiences of Working Youth through Overseas Exposures

The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
“Enriching the Experiences of Working Youth through Overseas Exposures”



The Youth I.D.E.A.S. (established by HKFYG Youth Research Centre) has released its study on “Enriching the Experiences of Working Youth through Overseas Exposures”.


Data gathered from 520 Hong Kong working youth aged 18-34 showed that 51.0% of them are interested in overseas short-term employment. Most of them agreed that overseas employment is helpful in developing international perspective (88.3%), improving language ability (82.5%), improving interpersonal communications (80.2%) and enhancing problem-solving ability (80.2%).


Some young people who had worked overseas said that their experiences are positive to broadening their horizons. However, if they travel with a Working Holiday visa and work in an industry unrelated to their own, their experiences are likely to be questioned by the employers and human resources managers.


The study recommended the government to launch the “Young Management Overseas Development Programme” to strengthen the experiences of young management in understanding overseas markets. It also recommended the Labour Department to take measures to improve the effectiveness of the Working Holiday Scheme.