Public service tops career choices of university graduates

The Higher Education Bureau has released the results of a survey on university graduates’ employment intentions for 2019. Results showed that the most sought after job of local university graduates is a role in the government.

Conducted between March and May of this year, the survey received a total of 2,226 valid responses.

The results showed that about half of the respondents plan to enter the job market right after their graduation. Some 88% of respondents intend to work in Macau, while the next most popular jurisdictions are Hong Kong and then mainland China.

The top five most popular jobs are public service, tourism and conferencing, education, banking and finance, and social services.

Thirty percent of respondents expect to have a starting income of at least MOP20,000, whereas 37% expect their starting income to be between MOP15,000 and MOP20,000.

Nearly 55% of Macau residents who enrolled in universities outside of Macau plan to return to the SAR for work. The survey analyzed the reasons why some graduates do not intend to return to Macau. Most respondents answered that “there is a lack of development opportunities in Macau for their majors.”

In regards to students who plan to continue their studies, nearly 76% wish to pursue a master’s degree, with 51% of them choosing to stay in Macau, followed by mainland China (11.9%), Hong Kong (7%), the U.K. (7%) and Taiwan (6.8%). JZ

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