Nguyen Duy Dat from the Trade University cited a World Bank’s survey as reporting that workers’ skills and readiness are the major concern for employers. Most employers find recruitment a big challenge because many candidates don’t have suitable working skills.
Dat said many employers told him that they were disappointed as many bachelor’s degree graduates are even weak at basic skills such as communication, teamwork, document compilation and time management.
“I was told that some university graduates even cannot write an official document in a right way,” Dat said.
However, Dat said, there is good news that many students have been aware of the importance of the skills and they try to learn skills from non-school skill training centers.
A director of a Hanoi-based company complained that it was difficult to find good candidates for the position of legal associates.
“All the candidates applying for the post have finished law school. But I feel disappointed that many of them cannot compile a business contract,” he said.
|Many bachelor’s degree graduates don’t have basic skills to undertake their works if they don’t receive retraining. Many of them cannot even fill out applications for jobs or compile official dispatches in an acceptable manner.|
“Economics majors seem to have similar characters, no matter whether they graduate from the Foreign Trade University or Economics University,” he commented.
Le Thi Thu Thuy, vice rector of the Hanoi Foreign Trade University (FTU), said the school found from a survey conducted in 2010 that its graduates had good basic knowledge, but lacked skills.
After the survey, the school’s board of management decided to put a new subject – skill development – into curricula. Students learn this subject as compulsory or optional, depending on their training majors. The school has also established a club for students to develop soft skills.
FTU’s students have two internship periods during their study time, including the 5-week period at the end of the third year. This will help them get accustomed to the business environment.
Dat conducted a quick survey on students from five prestigious universities, namely FTU, Economics School belonging to the Hanoi National University, Trade University, Vinh University and HCMC Economics University, and found that only the economics school under the national university now pays attention to training skills for students.
Dat suggested that schools need to arrange reasonable timetables for students to learn practices in businesses. “Not only fourth-year students, but second- and third-year students also should go and visit enterprises for practice,” he said.