IPO career advisors, Ms Vanessa CHAN and Ms Joanne WONG, support and assist students in understanding themselves and potential career directions throughout their studies.


Whether you are planning career path, exploring career interests, identifying internship/job opportunities, having an interview soon, polishing your cover letter and CV or facing any emotional or personal issues, you can reserve an one-on-one advising session with Vanessa or Joanne through IPO E-advising System or email: /     


To view their profiles, please click here: Ms Vanessa CHAN and Ms Joanne WONG.


Professional assessment tools are used to help students understand themselves:


  • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) Workshop, allowing students to assess their natural strengths and possible areas for growth.
  • The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) helps explore career interests and discover potential career.



Pick of the Week from IPO Career Team
Personal Branding Workshop
19 May 2020


Recently there have been increasing internship opportunities as COVID-19 pandemic situation in HK seems stabilized.  More importantly, many of these are supported by the “ITC STEM Internship Scheme”.


Local students who are currently studying in a STEM program (undergraduate or postgraduate) are eligible. See link for the list of approved STEM programs at HKUST.


“Local students” refer to students who are currently paying the local tuition rate.


If you have questions whether you are eligible, please email


HKUST Virtual Career Fair-registration and CV upload
7 May 2020


  • You have to register by 11 May 2020 (MON) for joining the job fair
  • Remember to update your cv for uploading (mandatory during registration)
  • You may consult Joanne Wong or Vanessa Chan to touch up your cv or tailor a specific strategy in one-on-one advising session before the job fair.


Engagement other than Internship in summer
22 Apr 2020


Internship may be your priority in summer. However, given supply far fewer than demand due to COVID-19, we may have different strategies.


You may consider other engagement if internship turns up difficult to find.  Your knowledge, skills and exposure gained still catch the eyes of recruiters in the resume.


  1. Virtual Internship (build knowledge and skills through virtual company-based virtual work experience)
  2. Volunteering online
    e.g. UNV Online Volunteering


Please explore and if you would like to discuss your summer plan or that of next school year,  you can contact Ms. Joanne Wong or Ms. Vanessa Chan.


3 Key Points for Job/Internship hunting under the Pandemic
6 Apr 2020


Here are 3 points the IPO Career & Personal Development Advising Team may want you to take note of:

  1. Manage your EXPECTATIONS on number, type and timeline of opportunities:​​​​​​
    It's perfectly understandable that you may get a lot fewer interview opportunities, no offer or offer received very late compared with previous years.  Remember, it is not your fault.
    Apart from HKUST job board, JIJIS, make use of other job search sites like

    More and more employers are looking for candidates o Linkedln. Do update and make your Linkedln account professional.
  3. Consider and draw up alternative PLANS:
    a. The pandemic may not go away in the next couple of months. Instead of full-time job or summer internship, some students may explore further study, online self study (Coursrea, Edx), summer research projects.
    b. Don't worry about your resume. Employers know the difficult situation and why graduate could not secure a job upon graduation or students do not have summer internship. 
    c. What you should do is ENGAGING meaningfully during this period.


Ms Vanessa CHAN or Ms Joanne WONG are able to speak with you on phone, Skype or ZOOM for your worries, plans and questions about the above. Drop us emails to make an appointment.


Stay Safe, Healthy and Positive!


How OKAY are you?
26 Mar 2020


How about your family members, friends and classmates?


Let's check in with them their emotional well-being under this stressful COVID-19 pandemic with help of some cute whtsApp stickers.


Download the stickers (developed by Mind HK):


Download the guide on how to ask others if they are okay (developed by Mind HK):


TED talk on stress and memory
14 Feb 2020


Skype Interview tips and chance to practice
11 Feb 2020


Given the current situation, many employers may extend Skype or telephone interview instead of face-to-face one.  Probably you think it is a bit easier but it is NOT true. Although questions may not differ much, there are details you may neglect: sound, light, your body language.


This video gives you some tips about the details that make you look better in Skype interview.


Practice makes perfect. You may practise Skype /telephone interview with us. To make appointment, please email to Ms Vanessa CHAN or Ms Joanne WONG.


TED talk - Your body language may shape who you are
7 Feb 2020