A letter in today’s SCMP struck a chord. It’s from a chap called Clive Chan in Kowloon Tong, and I’d like to buy him a beer. Here’s an extract. The emphases are mine.
I refer to Alex Hung’s letter (“Internship scheme must not be used to exploit graduates”, March 24).
While appreciating his concern for our young graduates, I do not agree with his view. I think it is time for our young graduates to learn the harsh reality of life. During the years leading up to the financial meltdown our young graduates benefited from a booming economy and it was not uncommon for them to jump ship a couple of months after landing their first job simply for a few hundred dollars more in salary or because of a stern reproof from their superiors. In a thriving economy employers often waste a lot of resources in training young graduates who show no gratitude for the opportunities they have been given.
Instead of repaying their employers with hard work and loyalty these young people are often conceited and critical of their bosses. The prevalent child-centred family culture does not help to produce disciplined and responsible graduates. They often lack punctuality, initiative and neatness. Employers, particularly those of small and medium-sized enterprises, will be hesitant to join the internship scheme unless they know for sure the graduates will stay in the job after the initial training period and produce tangible profits for them.
Having been bitten thusly, I couldn’t agree more.