Mentorship Scheme Tea Reception
Since its conception in 2005, the mentorship scheme has become one of the most important programmes organized by the Careers Office. As mentors, our distinguished alumni have provided exceedingly generous support to the scheme. The mentors have instilled in our Lower 6 mentees their valuable wisdom, and given them much support in pursuing their academic and career goals.
Mentoring Scheme Tea Reception 2013
Mentorship Scheme Tea Reception 2010
Mentorship Scheme Tea Reception 2009
Mentorship Scheme Tea Reception 2008
Mentorship Scheme Tea Reception 2013
The 2013 mentorship scheme tea reception was successfully held on 19 January 2013. Thanks must be given to all the participating mentors and mentees for their great support.
The mentorship scheme has long been one of the highlights of the Careers Office since 2008. Every year, we are delighted and thankful to have mentors from all walks of life who are willing to share their invaluable knowledge and insights on diverse career fields. Our distinguished alumni have once again demonstrated their passion in nurturing and serving as a guiding beacon to our boys, offering inspiration, guidance, and directions to their lives. Our mentees have acquired priceless information which would help them in making decisions in life.
Our mentors gave a series of talks about particular career fields, equipping oneself well for entering esteemed universities, and also
preparing an effective résumé. The mentees found the talks extremely helpful owing to the genuineness with which they were presented.
This was followed by a sharing session, in which participants formed small groups for discussion. Our mentees approached the mentors with questions regarding the talks, and asked for advice on career choices and management. The mentors responded with clear, candid assessments of their career fields, and also shared various notable experiences they had in both the campus and workplace. The general atmosphere was amicable and enthusiastic.
Old boys are an indispensable part of the DBS heritage, as they possess the wisdom as well as the spirit of DBS tradition. Spending a whole Saturday afternoon chatting with them is a precious opportunity I have never imagined, and this year’s tea reception is more than a success, with mentees taking the initiative, and mentors pouring all they have. The whole event could only be described as pleasurable and interactive.
It was an enlightening and exquisite experience. Throughout the day, mentors and mentees exchanged their views and understandings about a job. At my table, which was assigned as business, we have gone through many topics such as the soft skills required in workplace and experiences about studying abroad. All these left much information for my future use and I do think that the tea reception is something we must not miss!
This year’s Mentoring Scheme was a great success. I discussed with the mentors about his career, and some other career paths that I may take. They provided me with detailed information; they were so patient, they tried to explain to me slowly, and they were so nice. It is a rewarding experience indeed; it could help me in planning my future career. In short, the Mentoring Scheme is valuable and remarkable.
Mentorship Scheme Tea Reception 2010
One of the reasons DBS boys are among the best in the world is because we have over a hundred years of history behind us, pushing us to achieve new heights. And the most obvious signifier of that history is the Mentoring Scheme. Every year, the Careers Office arranges for over a hundred Old Boys to contact current DBS students and give them the benefit of their experience in various career fields. Together, they map out the paths to success of DBS boys, preparing a new generation to face the challenges of the future.
On the 16th of January, 2010, the mentors and mentees participating in the Mentoring Scheme came together at DBS. Over drinks and food, the mentors and mentees shared an afternoon of discussing future paths and the mapping out of success. We were privileged to have Mr. Desmond Yip, Chairman of the DBSOBA to deliver a welcoming address to the assembled mentors and mentees on that day. Mr. Yip noted the sacrifices the Old Boys had made in such a homecoming, all in the name of sharing knowledge.
This year, the Tea Reception was a great success. Mentors and mentees discussed avidly the topics that so concern our higher form boys, such as academic prospects and career paths.
We could not have achieved such a success with the Tea Reception without the wholesome participation and commitment by the mentors and mentees. On behalf of the Careers Office, we would like to thank all participants of the Tea Reception. We are looking forward to the Mentoring Scheme next year.
“The mentors shared with us many experiences, which helped me choose my career.”
“The mentors are willing to share everything they know especially their experiences and point of view in life. I acquired and learnt more information than I had originally expected.”
"The experience provided by the old boys was very useful.”
“I was happy to see classmates actively asking questions.”
“The length of this activity should be prolonged.”
“Very useful and resourceful.”
“This activity provided me the valuable experiences of mentors, giving me insights into choosing jobs and study fields.”
“The information I got was not specific enough.”
“More group switches would have made it better.”
“All the mentors of my chosen field (computer) did not come to the tea reception so I could not get the career information I needed. I was allocated to the group of civil workers and pharmacy. Though the mentors I met did not belong to my favourite field, I still got a lot of information about further studies in Hong Kong. I also noticed there were not enough seats around the table. I suggest that each group should have more chairs to provide a more comfortable environment to the mentors and mentees.”
“The current free interaction between mentors and mentees is much appreciated.”
“We had a wonderful afternoon with the mentors. They were friendly and helpful, doing their best to respond to questions raised by us. Some have been easy-going and humorous, and all of them showed their pride of once being in DBS. It was a valuable experience that acted as a guideline pf my future studies. Thanks must be expressed to the Careers Office for providing tea and snacks and for making the flow as smooth as possible.”
“The tea reception is a very good opportunity for mentees to know more about mentors and to talk with them. The mentors have given their valuable experiences and the environment was very good. I think the duration of the tea reception should be longer and it may be better for one field to gather around one table so that we can learn more from different mentors.”
“I think the tea reception was very useful to me, as I got to talk with many old boys in the law field and obtained a lot of information about the career field.”
“The duration of the tea reception is suitable and mentors provided relevant and useful information.”
“The mentoring scheme tea reception allowed me to acquaint with old boys working in different fields, so I can have a brief idea of what is needed in different careers. I found it especially useful discussing interviews in university admission, including subjects that I would need to take and pay attention to in Form 6.”
“The mentoring scheme tea reception enables me to know more mentors in different industries. Also, it provides much unique information which cannot be learnt from books.
“A very interesting event and function. Frankly speaking, I gained a lot from this event. I was able to learn the nature of the job in the field that I am interested in. The mentors also gave me various valuable tips in getting prepared. Last but not least, I think that the Careers Office should hold the tea reception more often so that we could have closer contact with the mentors.”
“I like the arrangement in which we could go to other tables and talk to more mentors from other fields. I had a nice chat with the mentors and I knew more the business. It helped me to find my own interest.”
“After the tea reception, I cleared my misconception about a career in finance and most of my questions were answered in the reception. I also got extra information about different fields. In conclusion, this was a valuable experience and I would like to attend more such functions in the future if possible.”
“It was a valuable experience as the mentors were very willing to share with us their experience. Even if I were a complete stranger to a certain field, the mentors were very willing to share with me the information they know.”
“Not only did I learn more about the field that I am interested in, I also learned how to decide my future career path because the mentors gave us different advice. The mentors’ experiences were very valuable to us.”
“I believe that this mentoring scheme was very beneficial to me. The mentors emphasized that it is always important to take the initiative to strive for what you want, to which I agree totally. This scheme provides a means for students to know more about the society. In my opinion, talking with these old boys was really a pleasure and I enjoyed every moment of it. I look forward to participating in the scheme next year if possible.”
“The function was really useful. I received lots of information which cannot be easily obtained from the Internet. I now also understand both career and university life better.”
“The mentors were very active in providing us mentees with relevant information. It was evident that the mentors are very willing to help us. Through the tea reception I was able to obtain valuable information concerning my further studies as well as my future career field. Overall, I gained a lot from the tea reception and I think that such tea receptions should be held in the future.”
“The mentoring scheme tea reception was an eye-opening experience. I was able to gather a lot of information on Hong Kong’s medical system and I also found out a lot about the differences between pursuing a career in both medicine and/or surgery and the procedures for being a private doctor in Hong Kong. I was also inspired by seniors who recently got to CUHK via the EAS, and I think that I should not put the experience I will receive as a doctor to waste in the future. Thus, I plan to become a mentor once I graduate from DBS, which would allow me to assist the future generations of students in DBS.”
Mentorship Scheme Tea Reception 2009
The mentorship scheme has long been one of the highlights of the Careers Office. Every year, we are delighted and thankful to have mentors from all walks of life, who are willing to share their invaluable knowledge and insights on diverse career fields. Our distinguished alumni have once again demonstrated their passion in nurturing and serving as a guiding beacon to our boys, offering inspiration, guidance, and directions to their lives. Our mentees have acquired priceless information which would help them in making decisions in life.
On 10th January 2009, mentors and mentees assembled in the school hall and started the discussions. Provided with light refreshments, mentors and mentees spent a valuable afternoon talking about the careers paths and future planning.
We are glad to have Mr. Desmond Yip, President of DSOBA, to deliver a welcoming speech before the commencement of the Tea Reception. Mr. Yip again appreciated the homecoming of the old boys to share their experiences in career and future planning.
As requested, we extended the sharing session to allow more time for discussions. Mentors responded enthusiastically to mentees’ enquiries. Both parties participated actively and engaged in a wide scope of topics ranging from academic preparation to career prospects.
Had it not been the joint efforts of mentors and mentees, the tea reception would not have been a real success. The tea reception was a remarkable experience, and we are all looking forward to the mentoring scheme next year.
It is an enjoyable and great experience. Through the discussion and sharing sessions with my mentors, I can not only acquire more information on my interested fields and career planning, but also broaden my horizons as my mentors have shared his precious life experiences with me. Thanks for organizing this Tea Reception and I am really looking forward to the future activities organized by Careers Office.
(Henry WONG Hon Wing)
I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to every mentors and teachers-in-charge of the Tea Reception. The presence of the mentors showed their unlimited support to the School and every DBS boys. Mentors’ precious life experiences and valuable career planning advices really help me a lot in future planning.
Old boys are an indispensable part of the DBS heritage, for they possess the wisdom and spirit of DBS tradition. Spending a whole Saturday afternoon with them chatting is an opportunity I have never imagined, and this year’s tea reception is more than a success, with mentees taking the initiative, and mentors pouring all they have, the whole event was carried out in a pleasurable and interactive atmosphere.
Students had been encouraged to tour around different tables meeting not only their own mentors, and not only restricted to their interested career, and delightfully more in-depth sharing sessions were created. Personally, I have made up my mind to take Medicine as my career, but other than gathering information about further studies and career opportunities in the field, I have also learnt about brand new stuff like alternative medicine, that everything affects one’s diseases, and consequently the cure to each and every same disease but unique patients.
All in all, it was a remarkable afternoon that I would never forget, for more than what I have learnt from books, which seemed lesser to me afterwards, I have just learnt that more from my seniors in as great a event as such.
(CHAN Kiu Pak Kilpatrick)
Mentorship Scheme Tea Reception 2008
On 12th January 2008, participants of the mentorship scheme were brought together for an afternoon of food and discussion. From 2pm onwards, there was much excitement in the school hall as most of our mentees met their mentors face-to-face for the first time. Our mentees also were happy to make new acquaintances and learn from a broader circle of mentors.
Our mentors gave a series of talks, some on particular career fields, some on equipping oneself well for entering esteemed universities, and others on preparing an effective résumé. The mentees found the talks highly helpful because of the genuineness with which they were presented.
This was followed by a sharing session, in which participants formed small groups for discussion. Our mentees approached the mentors with questions regarding the talks, and asked for advice on career choices and management. The mentors responded with clear, candid assessments of their career fields, and also shared various notable experiences they had both on campus and in the workplace. The general atmosphere was amicable and full of enthusiasm.
The tea reception concluded at 5:30pm with a group photography session. As the participants left our school hall, they remarked that the event helped not only to propel mentees to reach greater heights, but also to bring closer members of the Diocesan family.
The Careers Office wishes to express its gratitude to all mentors who have graciously given their time and effort to inspire our mentees. Our thanks must also go to those who have contributed to make this event successful and meaningful. We appreciate the enthusiastic response which we have received, and hope that next year’s tea reception will be an even more rewarding experience for all.
Suggestions for improvement
Questionnaires were distributed to collect suggestions for improving our programme. The following points were raised:
- There were too many talks which focused on specific careers, and some of the information mentioned was redundant.
- Some mentors and mentees may not be interested in all fields. Hence it would be better to set apart a separate area (such as individual classrooms) for discussion.
- Leaflets on different careers can be distributed.
- The sharing session should have been longer.
- The focus of the discussions should be on the prospect and specific details of a particular career instead of university admission interviews.
- There should be a break between the presentations, not afterwards.
We are appreciative of these comments and will take them into consideration in planning for next year’s tea reception.
Praise from mentees
We are delighted to have received the following positive response from our mentees:
I was genuinely impressed by the information and lively descriptions of personal experiences included in the presentations. Every one of the old boys was a big help in giving advice on different processes we will need to go through to enter a good university and be successful in life.
- Austin James Pike
It was exciting to meet with so many DBS graduates who now have become leaders in their respective fields. Listening to their advice was analogous to being given a head start in all that is to come, and for this reason I find the reception delighting. Yet the greatest aspect of the reception was to meet my mentor Albert in person and thank him for his kind guidance and support. This is a very worthwhile event which I believe will one day become a venerable tradition.
- Chan Ting Fung
The tea reception provided me with insights in my interested field. Though my mentors were absent with apologies, I still obtained valuable information on the choice of careers and the characters suitable for a certain career. In fact, it is great for me to know more about other fields even I may no enter those careers in the future. Society nowadays demands students who have inter-disciplinary knowledge, and the tea reception equipped me for this. Therefore I would also like to be a mentor after I graduate from DBS, so that I can pass my experience and knowledge to my juniors.
- Anthony Tam