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Graduates are “working in the wrong field”

Graduates are “working in the wrong field”

“Learn one thing – do another” is a common practice for every graduating class. Expertise is learned but not applied, so when you return to work you have to relearn everything. Join the headhunters’ HR channels to find out why.
Regarding students who pursue UK universities because they feel their ‘degrees are worthless’, we spoke to a number of Vietnamese students who achieved excellent grades but worked in the wrong field.

Recently, Pok Wong, a 24-year-old student, filed a lawsuit against Anglia Ruskin University (UK). She claimed that 2 years of studying here had done nothing for her even though she graduated with honors. Pok Wong believes that this school’s claim of “quality education and job prospects after graduation” is fraudulent.

In Vietnam, many students after graduation, even excellent graduates, do not work in the right specialization. Is it because the university does not provide enough knowledge for students to work after graduation or is there another reason?

Let’s chat with a few alumni with excellent degrees to get their take on this issue.

Ms. TTBT (born 1993 in Ho Chi Minh City), who completed the master’s program in literary theory at Hanoi University of Education, is currently a newspaper editor, said:

“After I graduated, I taught classes for a short time. However, pressure from colleagues, work and the environment makes me feel inadequate.

I like comfortable, non-restrictive work and a work environment that is more dynamic than pedantic. In addition, the teaching job carries a low salary, insufficient to cover living expenses. So I decided to redirect my career.”

Sharing her personal opinion on whether “do one thing, do another” makes it difficult to find a job, Ms. T. believes that a degree is just a “small thing”.

“A degree only helps me overcome the minimum requirements of a recruiting unit. What serves me most in my current job is my ability to adapt and the lessons I have learned from it.

unemployed students

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All opportunities and obstacles in your career come from your own decisions, not your degree. I work in many places and almost no one cares about my qualifications but only cares about my productivity and attitude towards work.

This is also one of the things I like about working in private and foreign companies. These companies do not evaluate people on their diplomas but on their own abilities,” continued Ms. TTBT.

NVV (born 1995), studied at the Academy of Finance with a specialization in economics and graduated with honors. He is also an excellent student at school and often wins numerous scholarships. However, after graduating, he “turned the corner” and went to work in human resources.

MV shared, “I started working in the wrong profession as soon as I realized that the things I had learned were not consistent with what I wanted. More specifically, I studied rather macro economics. Not as specific as other industries.

Learn many things instead of specializing in just one professional skill. So, I oriented myself and found a suitable job since I was still studying.”

MV added that even though he didn’t like the field he studied in, he still got an excellent degree. Because according to him, an excellent diploma will help employers to better assess professional issues and awareness of training at school. Therefore, the chances of getting a job will also be much higher.

However, according to him, this also poses a major obstacle when applying for a job in a foreign company. He said: “I once met a foreign recruiter. They are not interested in students who only focus on their studies without having any practical experience. Currently, a university degree doesn’t do much for my job. »

For the same reason as MV, Ms. NTTQ (born in 1993), a former student of the Academy of Public Administration – major in human resources management, currently working as an employee in marketing – customer management, shared that before to enter the school, she learns about the profession, the annual student unemployment rate, and even the school’s promises and guarantees that you will have a job after graduation…

However, after graduating, she again went through a crisis period as she lost her career direction.

“After graduating, I spent over a year working part-time to find a job in the right field. Recruiting companies or administrative units pay salaries for positions in my specialty quite low or have very high professional requirements, while I have just graduated and have no professional experience even though I obtained an excellent degree,” Ms. B said.

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