IBWSC13: GAT Meeting by Clement Chung

[IBWSC13 Feature Stories] Artist or I-Banker: Pursue Your Own Passion

August 13, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The IB conference at HKU kicked off with a talk by Clement Chung, the founder of Wiseman Education, a local company designing online English learning programs, one of which well known is  English Builder, commonly used among local secondary schools.

The 50-minute interactive seminar focused on passion – and how students should follow their passions.  Chung began the session with one simple question: would the students rather be an investment banker or an artist. Students discussed their impressions on each post amongst each other and it was seen that students generally perceived the two professions in a specific stereotypical way.

Pictures of artists are portrayed with either musical instruments such as guitars and pianos or of colorful drawings, while that of the investment bankers were made up of dollar signs, numbers and mathematical punctuations.

To debunk stereotypes, Chung gave an account of what Investment Bankers actually do based on his experience and acquaintance in the field: “It wasn’t about being good at Maths at all, nor about an MBA degree, things you learn at school are out-of-date anyways. It is about being unique, and being able to see what the others can’t, and you have to be independent about it – especially when the whole world goes against you, you still have to believe that you are right.”

Chung applauded the IB system, which encourages students to study a wide-range of subjects. To successfully complete the IB diploma, students must complete at least one language, one science, mathematics and humanities classes – alongside completing an Extended Essay, studying the ‘Theory of Knowledge’ and extra-curricular activities.

“The IB program gives students the chance to discover what they like,” said Chung, who turned to the education field after years of experience in finance. “I just hope that the presentation, simply comparing the two extremely different professions, could inspire young people in pursuing their passions.”

Ultimately, Chung’s message to the students is simple. Artist or Banker? It doesn’t really matter. As his last remark goes, “Doing what you actually like and have passion on is the only way to keep it going.”

Esther Yu, from JMSC, HKU