DSE 2017 english paper 2答案
今次我們來看看DSE 2017 Part B Q9 sample
DSE 2017 卷二寫作 答案
Workplace Communication – Letter to the Editor on the Criticisms about HK Fresh Graduates
It has recently been claimed that in the workplace many Hong Kong fresh university graduates are less hardworking and less willing to face challenges compared to those in the past.
You strongly disagree with this opinion. Write a letter to the editor of the Hong Kong Daily disagreeing with this opinion. Support your view with three reasons and/or examples.
DSE 2017 writing Q9 參考答案
I am writing to debunk the myth that today’s Hong Kong fresh university graduates are unlike those in the past, less hard-working and less willing to face challenges in the workplace. As a prospective university student, I find such stereotypes deeply unfair if not outright offensive.
That university graduates in Hong Kong are less hard-working than they used to be is a perception supported by no compelling evidence. Contrary to such a dim view university graduates, I believe they are just as assiduous, if not more so, than their seniors given today’s increasingly competitive work culture I know of no jobs where fresh university graduates could always leave their office on time as a matter of fact in many industries they often have to stay in the office until very late at night in order to finish their work: teachers, doctors, and bankers are some of the careers infamous for their punishingly long hours. This is sometimes because they are unfamiliar with the tasks given to them and therefore need more time to deal with them; but this is mostly because companies cannot afford to hire more people to share the workload. Fresh graduates are thus often the last to leave the office, and if anything, they are more hardworking than ever.
As for proof against the notion that today’s fresh university graduates are less willing to face challenges in the workplace, look no further than the gradual emergence of start-ups by local fresh university graduates, whose ambition to change the world for the better is driven by a deep social conscience and youthful idealism. Consider Arnold Chan, co-founder of Teach4HK, a nonprofit organization that enlists university graduates to serve in schools with impoverished students through a one-year teaching fellowship programme. As a straight-A graduate who had just begun his career at Goldman Sachs, he decided that he wanted to contribute to a cause greater than himself: improving the educational outcomes and opportunities of underprivileged students in Hong Kong. So rather than turning a blind eye to the challenges in the workplace, he and the teaching fellows that he recruited embraced them fully, knowing that the stakes are high for those who have the potential but not the opportunity to climb the social ladder. They understand that the challenges they face in a classroom with big wide eyes looking blankly at them are no less considerable than those they encounter in, say, a bank. The impression of fresh university graduates shying away from challenges at the workplace is far from accurate.
A widely-cited piece of evidence supporting the prevailing view that young university graduates are lazy and incapable of coping with challenges is that they often change jobs. It is true enough that more graduates nowadays flit from job to job in their early- to mid-20s, but that is not because they are fickle or have not grown out of adolescence, but because they want to explore as much as they want before settling on a career that they will dedicate decades to. For them, job security or salary may not be the overriding factor when it comes to choosing a job in their first years out of college; discovering what they really want to do in their life is far more important. This in part explains the rise of slashers” (i.e. those who take on multiple roles at the same time), who typically have strong discipline, excellent self-motivation, and high adaptability to new challenges. Since they need to keep scouting for jobs to secure income, they cannot afford to be lazy or be seen as unable to take up challenges. Indeed they are not.
Ultimately, painting young university graduates such a negative light is not helpful: when they are seen as unproductive members of our society, they will not be given the right opportunities to unleash their potential. This is what happens in a viral video where mid to top-level Taiwanese work professionals evaluate several resumes and claim that they would not interview the anonymous candidates on the CVs. It turns out that they represent accomplished individuals like Ang Lee and Wu Pao Chun as well as their loved ones when they were young. Much of their talent would have been squandered had they not been given the right job opportunities. In the interest of our future generation, I hope that we will all discard such stereotypes of fresh university graduates and instead see for ourselves who they really are.
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