Universities and other training institutions should provide career orientation for their students, experts told a workshop held last Saturday in HCM City.
Dr Nguyen Anh Hong of HCM City Social Sciences and Humanities University (HSSHU) admitted it is not yet considered an important issue though some city universities and colleges have set up centres to provide orientation and find jobs for students.
Dr Le Thi Thanh Mai of the Viet Nam National University of HCM City, said she and her colleagues conducted a study on such centres and found only five universities and colleges had them but even they did not attract many students.
"Most of them merely inform students about jobs and hold job fairs and fail to provide career counselling," she said.
The HCM City University of Economics and Law even co-operates with corporates like Dutch Lady Viet Nam, Sacombank, and Hoa Sen Group to provide internship to its students, but fails when it comes to counselling.
Another study, this one of 200 students at the Viet Nam National University's dormitory, found most of them worried about what job to pursue after graduation and what skills they should learn, Mai said.
Dr Nguyen Thi Kim Loan, Hong's colleague, said employers also had a responsibility to provide career guidance and not just educational institutions.
But the task should begin as early as 12th grade, continue through university, with companies and universities holding forums regularly to guide students, she added.
Dang Duc Thanh, deputy chairman of the HCM City Enterprise Association, said with career counselling and a choice of future career made, students were likely to join short-term courses or even look for part-time employment in their field of choice while still in college.
Hong said universities and colleges should also provide up-to-date information on the labour market and employers' requirements so that students could equip themselves with suitable skills. — VNS