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"Be a Government Official for a Day" Programme 2019 – Heads of Departments Edition

The “Life Buddies” Mentoring Scheme launches the “Be a Government Official for a Day” Programme 2019 – Heads of Departments Edition. The programme, to be held this April, will offer the opportunity for selected students to shadow a senior government official on the job for a day to gain hands-on experience of an official’s work and a better understanding of the Government’s operation. It also aims at providing officials with a chance to share with students their work experience while learning about students’ insights on different issues, their life goals and future plans. The job shadowing process will also help inspire students to develop positive values, multi-perspective thinking, strive to realise their potential and seize opportunities for upward mobility.

The “Be a Government Official for a Day” programme was first launched in the summer holiday last year. The programme received 1 163 valid applications from 323 secondary schools, and 34 senior secondary students were selected to job shadow the 3 Secretaries and 13 Bureau Directors of the Government for a day. In view of the enthusiastic response and positive feedback to the programme, the Chief Executive announced in the 2018 Policy Address that the programme will be expanded this year to include more senior officials and benefit more students.

In light of the expanded scale, the programme will be held in two phases. Officials participating in this phase, the Heads of Departments Edition, include Under Secretaries, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments. Application is now open to local secondary 4 or 5 students in the 2018/19 academic year. The details of the programme are as follows:

What does the programme offer?

Participating students will have a tailor-made experience, composing of the following 4 sessions:

1. Orientation Session – 15 April 2019

An experienced non-governmental organisation has been engaged to organise orientation for selected students prior to the job shadowing to understand their expectations on the programme and help them make suitable preparations for the job shadowing.

2. Job Shadowing – a working day within 18 to 26 April 2019

Students will personally shadow a senior government official for a day, and seize the invaluable opportunity to interact with officials. Officials may on one hand share career stories and aspirations with students, and on the other hand share views with students on their ideas and goals for their future development. Such personal interactions would encourage students to develop positive values and attitudes as well as to think about life planning from different perspectives, inspiring students to aim high when setting goals for their future and to strive at achieving such goals with perseverance and determination.

3. Debriefing Session – 27 April 2019

A debriefing session will be held on students’ experience and takeaways after the job shadowing. Students shadowing different officials may also have the chance to share their different experiences and feedback.

4. Sharing Session – late-June 2019

Lastly, a sharing session will be held to guide students in reflecting on any inspirations gained from the programme and think about their future development goals and objectives in a holistic manner. The students will then give a presentation to the officials, their principals, teachers, parents and friends, further consolidating their takeaways from the programme.

Who should join?

If you are a local secondary 4 or 5 student in the 2018/19 academic year who possess the following qualities, then the programme is ideal for you –

  • Motivation and career aspiration
  • Interest in public service
  • Analytical and communication skills

Priority will be given to students studying the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education curriculum.

How to apply?

Application forms can be downloaded below. On an individual basis, applicants should complete the form, including a recommendation from their school principal or teacher, and send it to lifebuddies@cso.gov.hk by email (Re: “Be a Government Official for a Day” Programme) at or before 11:59 p.m. on 22 February, 2019 (Friday). The application form should be completed electronically as far as possible. Each application form should be submitted in a single pdf file as an email attachment. Please do not upload the application form to any cloud drives.

Application Form

Selected applicants will be invited to a face-to-face meeting held in March. A separate notification will be made by email or phone on the relevant arrangement. Applicants who have not received any notification by 31 March may consider their application unsuccessful and no separate notification will be made.

Want to know more?

Email:lifebuddies@cso.gov.hk
Tel:3655 4891

”Be a Government Official for a Day” Programme 2019 - Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition

The second phase of the programme - Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition will be organised this summer holiday. The application details will be announced in late-April. Students interested in participating in the Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition should pay attention and make a separate application then.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is the actual programme arrangement for the job shadowing?

A1. Each participating official will decide on the actual programme arrangement for the job shadowing based on their own policy portfolio and work arrangement.

Q2. Do participants only have to participate in the one-day job shadowing?

A2. No, successful applicants must undertake to attend all four activities of the programme, namely the orientation session, job shadowing, debriefing session and sharing session.

Q3. Who are eligible to apply?

A3. Application is open to local secondary four or five students in the 2018/19 academic year. Priority will be given to students studying the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education curriculum.

Q4. How many places are there in the programme?

A4. Tentatively, the programme has over 50 places, each participating official will be matched with at least two students for the job shadowing.

Q5. What is the maximum number of recommendations that can be made per school?

A5. Interested students should apply on an individual basis. There is no restriction on the number of recommendations made by each school. Schools may decide on the number of recommendations to make based on the school' s and students' situation.

Q6. How to complete and submit the application form electronically?

A6. The application form has been formatted as an interactive fillable form. Applicants can complete the application form using Adobe® Acrobat® Reader and sign in appropriate places using the “Fill and Sign” tool. If there is a need to print the application form for signature or completion of the School Recommendation section, please fill in the rest of the form electronically first. Then, scan the hard copy of the completed form and merge it into a single pdf file. The application form should be submitted as an email attachment. Please do not upload the file to any cloud drives.

Q7. Can I make any amendments to the application form submitted?

A7. Once submitted, applicants may not make any amendments to the application form. Therefore, before submission, please ensure that all parts of the form are completed and the information is accurate. The application may not be considered if the applicant fails to provide all information requested along the instructions in the form or the declaration is not duly signed by the applicant and his / her parent / guardian.

Q8. May I submit more than one application form?

A8. No. Each applicant may only submit one application form, any repeated submission of application forms will be considered as invalid.

Q9. When will I be notified of the application result?

A9. Applicants who passed the initial screening will be invited to a face-to-face meeting held in March. A separate notification will be made by email or phone on the relevant arrangement. Applicants who have not received any notification by 31 March may consider their application unsuccessful and no separate notification will be made.

Q10. What are the selection criteria?

A10. The Secretariat will evaluate applicants based on their motivation and career aspiration, interest in public service as well as analytical and communication skills. On the application form, students also have to explain their reason of application and obtain recommendation from their school principal or teacher, these will also be taken into consideration. The academic performance and school of the student are not part of the selection criteria.

Q11. Who is responsible for the selection process?

A11. The Secretariat of the Commission on Poverty has engaged an experienced non-governmental organisation to assist in handling applications and selecting applicants.

Q12. Do applicants have to attend an interview?

A12. Suitable applicants who passed the initial screening will be invited to a face-to-face meeting held in March.

Q13. If I would like to participate in the Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition, should I apply with this application form?

A13. No. This application form is only valid for the Heads of Departments Edition. For applying to the Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition to be held in the summer holiday, please pay attention to the application details to be announced in late-April and make a separate application.

Q14. If I applied to the Heads of Departments Edition, will it affect my application to the Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition?

A14. No. The application procedures for the two phases of the programme are completely separate. The selection of the Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition will not take into account the performance of applicants in the selection stage of the Heads of Departments Edition. Nevertheless, to provide equal opportunities for different students to participate in the programme, priority will be given to applicants who have never participated in the “Be a Government Official for a Day” programme.