Young Solicitors’ Group: Survey on Young Members’ Needs and Preferences in 2016

The Young Solicitors’ Group (“YSG”) highly values our members’ feedbacks and opinions as they are essential to the continuous improvement of our work. We launched the “Survey on Young Members’ Needs and Preferences” in May 2016, which was also made available through the Law Society’s mobile app from November until the end of December 2016. We received a total of 94 responses from our members. Some key feedback is summarised below:

According to the survey results, the top four areas that young members would like to see activities organised for them and some brilliant suggestions for each of the areas are summarised as follows:

  • programmes/platforms to further career and share life experiences (82 percent of respondents), such as sharing sessions;
  • activities that enhance communications and exchanges among senior and junior members (77percent of respondents), such as study tours, meet-and-greet events;
  • professional development programmes (64percent of respondents), such as sharing practical tips on court practice and court etiquette; sharing how to change practice areas including moving to in-house practice; guided tours to quasi-legal organisations such as the Intellectual Property Department and the Independent Commission Against Corruption; and other practice and industry development related sharing sessions; and
  • joint professional networking events (57 percent of respondents), such as a joint professional art appreciation event and a joint professional concert.

The survey results have been invaluable in assisting us to formulate the YSG activities in 2017, including various new initiatives, such as: (1) the Macau study trip to encourage the understanding of the difference in common law and civil law systems, and offering networking opportunities with Macau counterparties; (2) a social awareness outreach & training programme on equal opportunities issues, to introduce anti-discrimination law related practice to our members; (3) an additional event for CONNECTED mentorship programme to foster sharing of career and life experiences, as well as exchanges among senior and junior members; (4) supporting organisation of additional joint professional activities, to facilitate members’ exchange with other professionals; and (5) YSG Explore HK Series to encourage exchange among senior and junior members through fun and exciting activities. We will continue to take into account members’ feedback and suggestions in planning for our future initiatives.

In addition, we will explore the use of more social media to reach out to members in response to members’ feedback, in that 86 percent of the respondents are in favour of communicating via emails and 35 percent are in favour of using other social media such as Facebook.

In appreciation of our members’ support and to encourage their use of Law Society’s mobile app, as announced at the launch of the online survey at the Welcome Drinks for Trainee Solicitors in November 2016, 10 members who completed the online survey prior to the deadline on 31 December 2016 were presented with YSG souvenirs.

YSG events would not be as successful without our members’ support and suggestions. We look forward to seeing you in our 2017 activities and we welcome your suggestions at all times! Please keep an eye on the weekly circulars for details of our events and/or contact us via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/young.solicitorsgroup).

Serina Chan
Council Member and Chairperson, Young Solicitors’ Group

Felix Yuen
Committee Member, Young Solicitors’ Group

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