Expanding career opportunities with tertiary qualification? – Employment experiences of college graduates with visual disabilities in Hong Kong
Refereed conference paper presented and published in conference proceedings

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Work is one of the crucial domains of one’s life. However, according to Hong Kong government’s census, only 10.1% of people with visual disabilities (PwVD) are actively engaging employment sector. The figure may reflect PwVD encounter high entry barriers to the world of work. In recent years, young people with VD have more opportunities to obtain tertiary education. Would the higher qualification increase their competitive capacity in job market? There is a very little research on employment situations of PwVD. This study took the first attempt to address the employment experiences of college graduates who have VD in Hong Kong.


A qualitative design with semi-structured focus group interviews was adopted. Purposeful sampling was adopted. In total, four focus groups were conducted. Two groups comprised college graduates with VD while the other two comprised participants who have no tertiary qualification.

Open coding was used to analyze data. By coding, the concepts, categories and phenomena were discovered. Analyst triangulation was used to strengthen the internal validity of the analysis.


A number of clusters of data were formed. The clusters include job searching, working experiences, relational issues among colleagues and supervisors, challenges encountered, discrimination as well as policy issues. In comparison to the career experiences of the participants without tertiary qualification, results suggest that the participants with higher education level have no obvious advantages in job market.


Results reflect that college graduates with VD in Hong Kong may not benefit from their own academic achievements in career development. Much stronger support measures from the government and policy-makers in removing barriers to employment encountered by PwVD are urged. A survey for investigating the career situations of college graduates with VD to achieve a generalization of phenomenon will also be suggested.
Acceptance Date23/02/2018
All Author(s) ListPhyllis KS WONG
Name of ConferenceThe Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2018
Start Date of Conference04/07/2018
End Date of Conference07/07/2018
Place of ConferenceRoyal Dublin Society
Country/Region of ConferenceIreland
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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