"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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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?
”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.