Career day helps grads seek out employment

August 19, 201510:22 am381 views
Career day helps grads seek out employment
Career day helps grads seek out employment

As job vacancies for students graduating from local universities in Hue are far from abundant, university boards have come up with “career day” events to bring outside recruiters to their students.

Nguyen Tien Duan, a graduate from Hue University of Forestry and Agriculture, received job offers from animal feed producer De Heus and agriculture developer and trader Cargill after he attended the university’s career day in May.

“It’s quite hard to get a job as a graduate. Career day is a great chance for students to be found by recruiters. It helps to bring companies closer to qualified students,” Duan said.

Ten businesses at the event recruited a total 300 students.

A similar event at Hue University of Economics helped link 500 students to 24 businesses from leading cities. Other universities, including the University of Foreign Languages, the University of Sciences and College of Industry, organised similar events.

A university official said the career days had made university boards rethink their training curricula to make sure their courses stayed closer to the needs of recruiters. He said university boards planned to have more career days.

Hue City is home to 10 universities and colleges that train thousands of students a year. But most graduates have had to travel to southern economic hubs including HCM City, Dong Nai and Ba Ria – Vung Tau to find a job.

However, experts said training programmes used at universities did not often match the practical demands of local businesses.

Le Dac Nguyen Quy, who runs several bars and restaurants for foreigners in the city, said tourism faculties had not been able to provide qualified workers who could speak good English.

“Graduates often don’t have a sound basic knowledge of tourism and the skills they receive are often quite obsolete,” he said, adding that he spent a lot of time retraining.

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