Tapping the potential of Vietnamese students

10:41 | 27/07/2015 Society

(VEN) - Many Vietnamese students have started their own businesses. However, their potential remains unappreciated.

Tapping the potential of Vietnamese students

Businesses need to create favorable conditions for students during their work experience

Great potential

It’s not difficult to find students running their own business. Studying and working simultaneously had become increasingly common, providing students with ways to subsidize their living and pursue their passions.

Kieu Van, third-year student from the University of Transport and Communications began working when she was a first-year student and has now become head of the sales department at BK Logistics Co. Ltd. Through her contributions, Kieu Van has proved that undergraduates can work efficiently. Another example, Tue Nghi, born in 1993, currently owns the Nghi Phong Investment and Trading Company Limited. She used to be the chairperson of the ABW Vietnam charity. A young person full of enthusiasm and enterprise, Tue Nghi has developed her own business in e-commerce and real estate.

There are many other business and non-profit community development projects initiated by undergraduate students. These projects are largely unknown to most people but they reflect the capability and great potential of Vietnamese students.

Students lack support

In fact, however, students have almost no other opportunities to practice their business skills in a real entrepreneurial environment before graduation, apart from work experience. In some cases, students even have almost no work to do during work experience period, apart from making tea and operating the photocopier.

Nguyen Thu Van, a third-year journalism student, said, “I have told people in the place where I’m undergoing my first work experience period what jobs I can do, but they are very busy and just ask me to do odd jobs.”

The feedback from students in technical fields such as electronics is no more satisfactory. “We’re just allowed to look and record but not to join any work stage during most of the work experience period. So the work experience did not help us much,” said Vo Dinh Van, final-year student from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education.

Students in fields such as banking have yet to find suitable jobs to their capabilities. Their access to security data and processes is difficult. Khanh Tai, final-year student from the University of Economic and Law, said, “It’s difficult to ask companies for their data as no company wants to provide this information. However, I have learnt much through seeing how their staff members work and talking with them.”

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Quynh, Manager of Today’s Voice, a project launched by the UNESCO Center for Culture and Education with the aim to equip young people with necessary skills to stay more confident while integrating into the world of work, said, “Most companies are unwilling to employ undergraduate students because they lack skills and need to be retrained.”

If businesses do not create conditions for young people to work, there won’t be opportunities for them to show their capabilities. Tapping the potential of Vietnamese students is helpful to the development of many companies. On their side, students need to improve themselves to change inherent preconceptions of businesses. Efforts from both sides are needed to awaken the potential of young Vietnamese people.

 Do Ngoc

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