VietNamNet Bridge – A survey conducted by the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanity has found out that 60 percent of university graduates cannot find jobs.
A lot of university graduates cannot find jobs after they finish their schools, while the majority of them are not satisfactory with their jobs found, the participants attending the workshop discussing how to train to satisfy the demand of the labor market.
About 26 percent of the 3000 polled graduates said they have not found jobs. Meanwhile, 70.8 percent of the students who have got jobs said they were not satisfied with the jobs and they intend to change their jobs in the time to come.
The survey has also found out that 46.5 percent of the bachelors who have not got jobs, tried to look for jobs, but they failed. Meanwhile, 42.9 percent of graduates decided to go a “safe” way of continuing studying at higher levels.
The noteworthy thing is that the students said they do not know where they should apply for jobs (58.2 percent), while 42 percent of them said they could not satisfy the requirements of the employers.
Meanwhile, another difficulty has been cited by the graduates when looking for jobs was that the trained majors of the students do not fit the market’s demand. 27 percent of polled graduates cited the reason.
Meanwhile, the students, who luckily found jobs, also do not feel happy, because they have to face a lot of challenges in their works. 61 percent said they lack working skills, 42 percent lack experiences, while 32 percent said they lack professional knowledge.
Experts have blamed the lack of professional knowledge on the unreasonable curriculums. 91 percent of students complain that the curriculums too heavy in theory, while there is not enough practice.
Vu Thu Ha, Director of Hoa Mat Troi, a consultancy firm, said that the majority of university graduates have to undergo retraining courses before they officially undertake jobs. “This, of course, makes businesses spend more time and money, which explains why businesses do not want to recruit newly graduated bachelors,” she said.
Also according to Ha, even the bachelors with excellent degrees, have vague knowledge about the works they have to do. Especially, they lack soft skills and foreign language skills.
Dr Trinh Hoa Binh from the Sociology Institute said that Vietnam is leading a dynamic economy with high demand for labor force, especially from the private economic sector with the high number of businesses.
“We do not lack jobs, but we lack the bachelors who can work well,” Binh said.
Which solutions for newly graduated bachelors?
Dr Dao Thanh Truong from the Hanoi University for Social Sciences and Humanity said that the school has been implementing a trial measure – providing training courses on soft skills for students.
Thirty eight students have been chosen to attend the training courses. They are the ones who have the learning records, foreign language skill, informatics skills, financial capability at medium levels, and they are not self-confident in communication. “In general, these are the ones belonging to the group that do not have high opportunities for looking for jobs,” Truong said.
The students have been following the training courses, where they are taught six basic skills. They learn to build up applications for jobs, communicate at offices and some other skills.
The training courses have brought good effects, which according to Dr Truong, shows that providing soft skills in training programs should be considered a feasible solution that helps upgrade the qualifications of bachelors.
Dr Pham Manh Ha from the Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanity thinks that it is necessary to train soft skills in curricular programs in order to increase the students’ opportunities to find jobs.