Hong Kong Baptist University | Faculty of Social Sciences

Graduates & Employment

According to our annual graduate surveys, European Studies graduates have little difficulties in obtaining employment. They are usually employed full-time within 3 months of graduation. The clear majority work in Commerce/Industry, with a focus on the import/export, merchandizing and logistics/transport sectors of the local economy. The Hong Kong labour market offers relatively few job openings in non-commercial sectors. Some graduates, however, also have done well in the consular service (France, Germany), education and government.

Employment Status (~3 months after graduation)

YearEmployedPart-time employedSelf-employedUnemployed / not seeking employmentFurther Studies
200588%8%4%
200681%5%9%5%
200777%4%4%15%
200877%11%12%
200985%5%10%
201082%9%9%
201158%17%25%

Nearly all graduates indicate that the study/work experience abroad was crucial for obtaining employment. The year in Europe appears extremely beneficial both in terms of knowledge/skills acquired and personal confidence/maturity gained.

Significance of Year III for Finding Employment

YearYes ( = high relevance of Year III)No ( = low relevance)No answer
200587.5%12.5%
200695%5%
200777%23%
200879%8%13%
2009100%
201086%9%5%
201175%25%

The initial monthly salary of European Studies graduates appears to be, somewhat, higher than those of graduates of comparable HKBU degree programs and ranks among the highest in the University.

Overall, the job prospects for European Studies graduates remain very good, particularly in the light of structural changes in the HK economy, which lead to sustained demand in employees with international experience and outlook.