"Be a Government Official for a Day" Programme 2019 – Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition
The “Life Buddies” Mentoring Scheme launches the “Be a Government Official for a Day” Programme 2019 – Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition. The programme, to be held this July and August, 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. 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 is held in two phases this year. The 46 students participating in the first phase programme (Heads of Departments Edition) completed job shadowing the officials for a day in April. This phase programme (Chief Executive and Principal Officials Edition) will cover more senior officials, including the Chief Executive, Principal Officials, Under Secretaries, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Departments.
In addition, since Secondary Six students have already completed the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, this phase programme will also be open to them in order to allow more young people to participate in this memorable venture. Application is now open and the details 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 – 11 July 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 15 July to 2 August 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 – 6 August 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 – 23 August 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 to 6 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 email@example.com by email (Re: “Be a Government Official for a Day” Programme) at or before 11:59 p.m. on 20 May, 2019 (Monday). 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 late May to early June. A separate notification will be made by email 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.
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