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怕狗女孩到狗酒店實習新體驗
寶瑩:「有的是青春,盡量去試!」

「一心諗住升讀毅進嘅設計High Dip(高級文憑課程),點知升唔到,都唔知點算!」寶瑩一直對藝術創作有興趣,希望將來畢業後找一份設計工作,未料夢想落空,令她感到迷惘。

在擔憂前路之際,寶瑩參與「賽馬會鼓掌‧創你程計劃」並獲安排到狗酒店擔任動物照顧員,三個月的訓練及實習期間由最初害怕接觸狗隻,變得樂於為狗狗梳毛、洗耳仔,連她自己亦難以相信,「狗狗會行埋嚟想我摸佢,好warm、好有成功感,以前成日擔心做唔嚟,就索性唔做,依家覺得試下無妨,可以多啲接觸同慢慢學習。」

寶瑩從參與活動中找回自信,亦開始認識自己的特質及強項,「參加活動之後,發現原來自己喺寵物美容、動物照顧、對人嘅服務行業方面都有潛能!設計之外,原來仲有其他路可以選擇!」

社工阿So指寶瑩在待人接物方面較以前進步,亦變得勇於嘗試去尋找自己的路向。寶瑩計劃再去進修,除了設計行業,亦會考慮其他可發揮自己強項的行業,例如零售業。

Teenager treasures the internship experience in dog hotel
Po Ying: "We are young, let’s try!"

Po Ying is interested in art creation and hopes to find a design-related job after graduation. But, the path is never easy. "I have thought of studying High Diploma Yi Jin Programme (Design Studies) but failed. I felt lost in finding my way forward." she said.

Po Ying then joined CLAP for Youth @ JC programme and had the opportunity to be an animal groomer at a dog hotel for three months. She was first frightened to touch the dogs, but after the workplace training, she has overcome the fear and can now comb dogs' hair and wash their ears at ease.

"Dogs come near to me and want me to touch them. It gives me great satisfaction. I used to think myself incapable of doing this and that, but now I think why not give a try and learn."

After participating in the activity, Po Ying started to know her strength/potential and became confident in herself. She said: "I realize that I may have potential in caring for pets and other service industries as well. Besides developing my career in design, there are indeed many other options!"

Social worker Ah So said Po Ying was now more willing to get along with people and brave to find her own career pathway. For the future, Po Ying planned to study design again or develop her career in service industries such as retail.