Cheung Chun-lok is on the fast track up the career ladder.
The 29-year-old started work full time yesterday as a political assistant at the Home Affairs Bureau, which will be paying him around HK$100,000 a month. He succeeds Jade Lai Wing-yu, who left for Singapore with her family in January.
Cheung was hired by the bureau as contract researcher just five months ago, and the pay wasn't something to sniff at: HK$67,295.
It is obvious that bureau chief Casper Tsui Ying-wai sees talent in his fellow Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong member.
That's even though he only graduated from Chinese University in 2015 with a major in government and public administration and a minor in journalism and communication. Of course, he has augmented his CV since, adding a master's in professional accounting and corporate governance from City University.
And, of course, Cheung has burnished his credentials at the Hong Kong Sustainable Development Research Institute, which has links to many pro-establishment heavyweights, including former Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing.