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Securing jobs, establishing or developing new business ventures provides opportunities to those on the BN(O) route to integrate and contribute into their new communities socially and economically.
Check out the careers information, advice and guidance from National Careers Service:
You can also call on 0800 100 900 to speak to an advisor, or use their webchat service during their opening hours 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday, and 10am to 5pm on Saturday. Find out more from their website.
Learn more about employment from the government’s official welcome pack created for BN(O)s, including employment rights, National Insurance numbers and many other concerns.
Where can BN(O)s access employability support?
These organisations are able to support BN(O) status holders and their families in South East England with free employability coaching:
Hongkongers in Britain published an informative booklet on employment, “Employment Rights & Tips for Hongkongers about Employment in the UK”, covering topics like certifying academic and professional qualifications, crafting cover letters and CVs, interview skills, improving one’s English and labour rights.
Moreover, you can visit UKHK website for practical information regarding employment within the UK as well as a video in Cantonese on taxation.
Converting your qualifications to UK equivalents
Find out what you need to do to convert your qualifications from Hong Kong to UK equivalents from our bilingual fact sheets:
Volunteering can help you find a job
Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. But when you volunteer, you also boost your career as you can:
• learn, develop and practice skills
• gain valuable experience
• meet new people and develop your network of contacts
Moreover, volunteering in specific field and industry allows you to explore particular occupations and organisations. For example, as a hospital volunteer you’re exposed to a wide range of health care workers, from front-line nursing and doctors to programme administrators. It also makes your CV stand out especially if you’re competing for a job in that field.
Do-it.org is a database of UK volunteering opportunities. You can search more than a million volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and then apply online.
You can also contact National Council for Voluntary Organisations to find opportunities in your area.