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Hongkongers’ perceptions on how to get ahead in life and career

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A recent survey, “Inaugural Linkedin Opportunity Index 2018”, revealed that Hongkongers’ attitudes towards accessible opportunities in job markets was ranked the second lowest among nine countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Growing economies such as Indonesia, India, Mainland China and the Philippines, on the other hand, are more confident in gaining access to and pursuing opportunities than more established economies such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia or Japan.

Hongkongers are currently seeking a rewarding job (18%), a prospect to be their own boss (13%), a learning opportunity ( 13%) and career advancement (12%). Their utopia is to have more options in life (46%), maintain a work-life balance (42%) and be able to utilise skills (38%), which is strongly echoed by other professionals in the Asia Pacific region.

Meanwhile, 86% of Hongkongers believe knowing the right people or having the right connections are the golden keys to getting ahead in life.

With the concept of “work more, gain more” popularised during the 1980s, it is no surprise that 84% concede to the belief that working hard is essential to success. The rest includes the willingness to embrace change (82%), level of education (81%), equal access to opportunities (80% and an innate factor – born with a silver spoon (51%).

The largest barriers to success are the lack of the right connections (32%), financial status (26%) and a challenging job market (22%).

Hong Kong professionals recognise the need to upskill to stay relevant in the advent of AI and robotic technology. Moreover, having good soft skills such as leadership, negotiation and communication should not be neglected.

1,024 professionals were interviewed for LinkedIn’s Inaugural LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2018.

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