With the beginning of Semester C, our course in BCM302 gave us an assignment to produce a Digital Artifact(DA) that can help in understanding and helping resolve social problems. We were able to choose the topic we wanted.
After long deliberate discussion amongst our group, we decided that our topic was going to be about Youth Unemployment and our DA is a website where you can visit by clicking here. We then talked about the ideas from our pitch which was also introduced in class. Our consideration in choosing this topic was assuming that we may face potential problems when looking for jobs, and that a few of our group members were anxious as some have never worked before.
Therefore we found this topic to be really suitable for us, which inspired us to do some research at the beginning. Our first findings came from the data from Hong Kong government’s Census and Statistics Department as we found a lot of reliable and professionally compiled data.
As we stated in the pitch which was introduced during class, according to the data from Hong Kong government’s Census and Statistics Department, the underemployment rate rose during the COVID19 pandemic until 2020, but rose again in 11/2021, as you can see from the chart below.
During Dec 2020 – Feb 2021, 35,500 people of ages 15-24 were unemployed, and 10,400 were fresh graduates – the jobless rate was 7.4% during that period, one the highest ever for HK.
Therefore, as we are going to find a job too, our group thinks that we know the situation and the need and feelings of those people finding a job during the pandemic.
After we know what we should do, our second objective is to make sure what kind of Digital Artifact we wanted to produce.. As we have a lot of choices, which means there are many options for our DA. We are able to produce many forms of multimedia, such as applications, videos, websites or blogs. However we had to decide what is the most effective way in delivering our message.
In the final decision, we chose to make a website as our DA, as a website, it could be included and show the finding in many ways, moreover it not only gives us more choice, it’s also more easy for the reader as a digital material. We could also incorporate a video into the website as part of enhancing our DA.
Design language is vital in communicating an effective message, and so we have put a lot of focus on making the website simple to use with big and clear letters. The user can simply scroll to view much of the content with large open spaces without needing to sift through too many distracting elements. We also included a navigation bar as an alternative method of exploring our site, or to help the user find what content they need immediately.
Just like what you see from the screenshot, we are including different sections, and when people click the “Blogs” button, it would lead visitors to the blogs page, and there are the blogs that were written by us.
Our content includes writing, video and four-panel comics. You can take a look at them if you are interested.
Beginning & Pitch
Beginning to the project, because of the data and the finding of news about the employment rate, we thought that Youth unemployment is a huge concern in HK (and everywhere around the world) since it has mental health implications, and many of those affected faced financial insecurity.
Based on a telephone survey conducted among low & high education respondents, those affected were less interested in consumption, had reductions in savings, worsening mental health, felt pessimistic about the future, and had lower self-esteem.
What’s even more alarming is the fact that the relationship between the young and their family also worsened and some percentage (6%) of the respondents were contemplating suicide.
Moreover, this finding is a fact and can’t be denied as they are from a trustworthy source such as the United Nations.
We mentioned those in our pitch presentation, it’s a short and simple present, in our pitch which include background, concept, methodology and utility.
Most of them we did like what we said in pitch, and just like what we mention in the introduction part above.
However, when we dig deeper, something interesting we find from the data of the schools in Hong Kong.
Processing & Beta
After the pitch, we did the peer review, and according to the advise, we keep going to the datas, we use some time to finding for the employment rate in each of the school, those are a huge number but we still spend some time to study and compare those, and the finding is just like what we said in our beta presentation.
Being simple, it could be sum up like that:
- The Employment Sector gives limited chances for each school, and student numbers getting more each year, that is the first reason why famous school graduates’ employment percentage is less but some schools are large.
- In Hong Kong some of the subjects weren’t common which meant less chances for them like the subject School of Science in HKUST which only had 57% employed.
- Compared to a few years of data, Hong Kong students more and more choose to further study.
Surely, the content we can find from those numbers must be more but it’s too much and we just need those necessary, we are not made to let the audience analyze it by themselves, we should do this job before making it into digital format.
In those findings, it seems like it conflicts with our early thinking. However, the situation is the opposite, they both affect each other, and the employment rate does get down especially for the lower education but in fact the range of the number decreases is about a few percent.
Moreover, when we take a look at the lowest one, it’s still more than 50%, which means more than half, one job for each graduate only being completed by two or even less than two graduates, if we do not consider the situation of the other type of unemployed.
It’s already a very great result in those few years, especially because we are facing many problems like the social event and Covid-19. Although it’s not the best, it’s good enough, and we believe it will get better once the pandemic situation is settled.
After, another peer review, and we keep working on the DA, and finally just like what we mention on top, we made the DA, the website complete, and there are some blogs, we added the content and so far it’s done, we have visual element and also article or essay to talk about those relate to future work for the students, our audience can choose what type did they want to watch.
In our DA, the home page mainly introduces us and we mainly have two parts:Services and About.
For more attraction, it is cut into 4 sections: Home, Services, About Us and Our Services.
First, the Home section is created by background + few words and a down arrow.
It is the first page when people get in and they will see, and modern people are lazy, we should not give out too much information.
Therefore, by using this kind of design, we got two benefit:
- Know our topic immediately
- Want to know what’s the content
Then our audience will want to take a look at what is under our website.
Then here the second section, this time is the welcome words, also plus some picture links.
By clicking the picture, our visitor will lead to a related content page, like a shortcut to attract people, meanwhile they can skip it and keep taking a look under the section.
Here will be the about section to introduce us, and the design is simple, just for giving out the information.
In this part, it’s an intro and explains what this website is for, building up the images to the people about us, letting them know clearly what we are doing.
Then the final part of this page will be Our Services. For this section, we made four pictures with words, while giving out the information, we also can lead them to the video made by us.
So far, this page is completely introduced, and the other part will be the blogs page but it’s just a page to put our blogs inside.
And about our blog, our teamwork would be a division of labor, such as Liann and Nikesh Rai are writing simple essay for the audience, Ahmir making the video, and Alan made the four-panel comics.
During the process of our project, we still meet some problems, like the time limit. It’s very memorable that while we are working on this project, meanwhile other courses also get some important projects too, those are the times that are very much pressure.
Especially when all of us are running out of time, which makes us never free in those times, nobody can take a hand to the project, and a bad news is one of our groupmate look like meet some trouble in physical about health, which mean we less one of us to make this project.
When we finally have time to work on it, we also need to face many stuff, like at the beginning, research is the biggest problem but with the advice from our tutor, we got the solution, and finish this part, the when we study about the datas we collected, it’s use a lot of time on it because we receive so much, and the job of analyze being hard.
However, it’s worth it. One hand, we have the direction about what we are going to do next, and on the other hand, we learn a lot during this part of work.
Luckily, although it’s a hard time during the process because of many reasons, our team is very effective. We can do most of the job in only a few or even one day from nothing to so manys.
We also got well on dealing with the problems. Maybe it’s because of our topic, the solutions are always easy to think about, and we can solve those problems quickly.
Anyways we did the DA and finished the project, and we learned much in this important experience.
We learn so much in this project, every problem also makes us improve ourselves. For example, the time limit made us learn about time management.
These are some of the things that we learn.
As it’s a kind of topic that we need to learn about the knowledge of jobs, finding a job is one of the problems we need to face now or in the future. After this project, we know more about the situation of what graduates now are facing in their future work.
Also because of the research, we also learn about the situation of Hong Kong’s industry nowadays, which are easy to find jobs, which are not, and what skills we should have, what we should prepare for a job, and many things like that.
Moreover, during the analysis, we learn that although percentage is more easy to let us understand what happening, but we can not annoy the actual number, in some of the situation, percentage will make the misunderstand, because they are the datas from different school, if school A have 1000 people then 1% will be 10 people, school B have 100 people, than 1% will be 1 people.
Therefore, those actual numbers are some things that we can not ignore. Like the example just mentioned, the 1% in school A and school B may be a huge difference.
Furthermore, an interesting thing is famous school didn’t mean a more good way to have a job, because the jobs chance that school can provide to students are very limit, but student increase faster than the chance they can give, so if we are not consider about the quality of jobs, compete for job in famous school is much more higher than other schools.
Those are interesting findings, and in this project, we learn so many things through the numbers and dates like that.
We believe that this project will be an important experience to us, and what we learn can be used now or in the future, that becomes practical knowledge for us.
Thank you for your reading and this is the end of this contextual essay. We believe with this experience, we will get some benefit from this project in future.