Research Assistant


Joann started this job in October 2016.
She Loves this job because it is better than her previous job (Assistant to Member of District Council); in previous job, she encountered the grassroot elderly who are greedy about free gifts and services, and she always felt tired of it. In COA, her job is to collect data about aging population, and the elderly she faces are more willing to contribute and more polite.

楊小姐在2016年十月開始在港大老人學做研究助理。她認爲任何工作都會比之前的工作好;她曾經當過議員助理,兩份工作也是要對著老人家,但相比起來,以前對著的是街坊,比較貪小便宜和無禮貌,令她十分厭倦,日日都在填長者卡。現在,在COA遇到的老人家比較有禮貌和願意貢獻,也比較好相處。

She also loves this job because it is helpful for her to study her current master course in Social Science, and this job is relative to policy making and programming, which is her biggest interest.She thinks she won’t stay in HKU COA for a long time, but she will definitely pursue same type of job in another institution.This job is not popular in Hong Kong, as it requires a certain level of education degree.

當然,她是真心喜歡這份工作。她認爲這份工作能連結到她現在的碩士課程,因爲都是做研究。另外,這份工作關係到老人政策的研究,而政策研究正正是她最想做的。她認爲她不會長年留在COA,但她絕對會找相同類型的研究工作。由於需要一定的學歷和經驗,這份工作衹在大學畢業生之間比較流行。

The most difficult part is to wake up early as she lives in Tai Po, and the transportation time is long. The happiest part of the job is to go out to different sites to collect data, as she hates sitting in the office.

最大的困難,是交通的時間。由於她住在大埔,她需要早起才能準時到港大,這讓她感到很吃力。不過,最快樂的是她可以四處走,不用坐在辦公室八小時,而是可以到不同的屋村、社區中心和不同地區收集資料和做問卷等等。

For the connection with the community, her job does make a high level of connection with the society. COA cooperates with NGOs to recruit elderly for experiment, and it is a bonding between academic institution  and the community. Data collecting will tell us more about the aging society, and tell us how to prevent the elderly from suffering diseases like insomnia,joints problems and etc.

她認爲這份工作和社區有很大的關聯,因爲COA會跟不同的非牟利機構合作,邀約長者做研究對象,令到學術研究和社區能夠連接。而研究過程會令政策制定者更瞭解長者的需要,例如如何防止長者身體老化等等。在一個老年人占了大多數的現代香港,這種研究的重要性很大。

Link to the COA of HKU : http://ageing.hku.hk/

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