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The University of Hong Kong SOWK 0060 Career Skills Training Group 19. Group Members: Law Tin Pui Maggie BBA(A&F) Lee Cho Him Morris BBA(A&F) Ng Ka Lai Kylie BEcon&Fin Tam Junita Long Ching BBA(A&F) Tam Wing Sze Vincy BEcon&Fin Yip Hiu Man Ankei BBA(A&F). District Councilor. Overview.

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The University of Hong KongSOWK 0060 Career Skills TrainingGroup 19

Group Members:

Law Tin Pui Maggie BBA(A&F)

Lee Cho Him Morris BBA(A&F)

Ng Ka Lai Kylie BEcon&Fin

Tam Junita Long Ching BBA(A&F)

Tam Wing Sze Vincy BEcon&Fin

Yip Hiu Man Ankei BBA(A&F)

District Councilor


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Overview

  • Introduction

  • Background

  • Analysis of Survey

  • Job Information – Part 1

  • Interview Tape

  • Job Information – Part 2

  • Conclusion


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Introduction

  • Why District Councilors

    • Little knowledge about District Councilors

    • Close relationship with our daily life


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Background

  • District Councils consist of

    • District Councils Ordinance (Cap. 547 Section 9)

      • Elected members

      • Appointed members

      • Ex officio members

  • Eligibility for appointment

    • District Councils Ordinance (Cap. 547 Section 12)


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Background

  • 18 District Councils

  • concern about various local & territory-wide issues which affect people's livelihood

  • link between the Government and the community


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Background

  • Kowloon City District Council

  • 27 members

  • 5 committees

    • Housing and Infrastructure Committee

    • Traffic and Transport Committee

    • Community Building Committee

    • Food and Environmental Hygiene Committee and Culture

    • Recreation and Sports Committee


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Analysis of Survey

Misunderstandings

  • Their representing District Councilors

  • Ways of entering the market

    • Volunteer, Appointment, Joining Political Parties

  • Job duties

    • Consultation, attend Board meetings, district patrol, organize social/ cultural/ sports activities, air opinion to the government

  • Income

    • $17,000



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Job Market

  • Job Outlook

  • Job Duties

  • Entry Requirements

  • Working Modes

  • Earning Capacity

  • Career Path

  • Skills Level

  • Characters

  • Sources of Job Satisfaction

  • Job Pressure

  • Job Difficulties



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Job Outlook

  • Current vacancies

  • Ming Pao Newspaper

  • Specific to the needs of their districts

  • Required to take in more information

  • System of remuneration has been revised

  • Moderate to high turnover rate


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2. Job Duties

  • Respond to enquiries from individuals in the community

  • Study reports, proposals and complaints

  • Attend meetings

  • Organize Activities for

    the Community


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3. Entry Requirements

  • aged 21 or older

  • An elector

  • not disqualified from voting in an election

  • has ordinarily resided in Hong Kong for 3 years

    immediately preceding the nomination

  • not disqualified from being nominated as a

    candidate or elected as an elected member by

    virtue of section 21 for elected members, or

    section 14 for appointed members or any other law


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Working Hours

  • Full-time or Part-time

  • Irregular working hours

    • Evenings and weekends

    • examples


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5. Earning Capacity

  • subject to the fluctuation of CPI(A)

  • District Councilor = HK$16,690 in 2004

  • ratio of a District Councilor to the Vice Chairman and to the Chairman of the District Council is 1: 1.5: 2


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5. Earning Capacity

  • Accountable allowance

    • lump sum allowance of HK$204,000 per year

      (or HK$17,000 per month)

    • subjected to the fluctuation of the CPI(A)

  • No fringe benefits

  • No difference between part-time & full-time District Councilors


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Volunteer

District Councilor Assistant

Appointed

Elected

District Councilor

Vice Chairman of District Council

Chairman of District Council

Legislative Councilor

6. Career Path


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Interview Tape Sharing

Ms. Rosanda Mok Ka Han

District Councilor of the Kowloon City District



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7. Skill Level

  • Professional Knowledge

  • Communication Skill

  • Leadership Skill


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7.1 Professional Knowledge

  • Image-building

    • Higher social status and more extensive network

    • Building trust and confidence with voters

  • Help in daily duties

    • Improving environmental facilities, transportation system & listening to complaints

  • Often involve knowledge like lawand engineering


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7.2 Communication Skill

  • Interpersonal skill

    • One of the most important skills

    • Higher exposure  needed to maintain healthy relationship with others

  • Language skill

    • Handle daily paper works, e.g. writing to non-governmental organizations

  • Counseling skill

    • Maybe needed in the case of solving family problem


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7.3 Leadership Skill

  • Successful publicity campaign

    = Successful Election

  • Depends on how effective you organize

    & recruit your supporters

  • Organizing social activities need a lot of

    manpower and support

  • Team Spirit is the key


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8. Characters

  • Sincere

  • Devoted to serve the public

  • Able to work under pressure

  • Integrity

  • Sociable

  • Self-motivated

  • Able to listen to people’s need

  • Hardworking


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8. Characters

8.1 Sincere

  • Service from the heart

  • Passion to serve the society

  • Process is more important than result

    8.2 Devoted to serve the public

  • Great investment

  • Comparatively little monetary rewards

  • public interest > personal interest


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8. Characters

8.3 Integrity

  • Slogan in campaign = PROMISE

  • Public speech = PROMISE

  • Unable to keep promise = failure in election

    8.4 Able to listen to people’s need

  • 6 appointments x 7 days x 4 weeks x 12 months

  • 2016 appointments / year

  • Have to be patient and reflect their true needs


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8. Characters

8.5 Sociable

  • Building network

  • Liaison duties

    8.6 Self-motivated

  • Prevent problem before it happens

    8.7 Able to work under pressure

  • Heavy workload

  • Attention from the community and colleagues

  • Representative of the people in the district

    8.8 Hardworking

  • Minimum requirement


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9. Sources of Job Satisfaction

  • Success in improving the environment

  • Feel the importance towards the public

  • Feel popular and welcomed

  • Feel superior due to the status


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10. Job Pressure

  • Family pressure

  • Pressure from political parties

  • Keeping images

  • Pressure from paparazzi

  • Not getting re-elected


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11. Job Difficulties

  • Not succeed in improving the environment

  • Disagreement with other District Councilors

  • Limited budget & resources


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Conclusion

  • How to succeed as a District Councilor?

    • Know the representing district well

    • Interact with the community

    • Representative for the people: dare to air the opinion of people to the Government


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Conclusion

  • Key to success – PEOPLE

    • Personality

    • Energetic

    • Organization

    • Passion

    • Listen

    • ELECTED


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Conclusion

  • How to equip ourselves to become a District Councilor?

    • Take part in voluntary services to gain experience

    • Polish our communication & presentation skills : key factors to attract supporters

    • Familiarize with Government’s policies

    • Attend courses on psychology / counseling workshops


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Thank You!

Questions & Answers Session


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