In the age of globalisation, what should higher education students in Vietnam be thinking about as they prepare to launch their careers?
For Paul Kim, Marketing Director of Devices & Retail for Google APAC, the future is about broadening the impact of innovative technology.
Mr Kim said Google aims to get more people online and drive content for mobile-first users.
“We [also] commit to broadening technology’s role in education and culture, as well as get more people online,” Mr Kim said.
Mr Kim was one of the speakers at the Talent Hub event held at RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus and attended by more than 200 university students from across Ho Chi Minh City.
“Google’s objectives are to help young Vietnamese students to understand more about Google and get inspired about what we are doing in the Asia Pacific region,” Mr Kim continued.
“Google is welcoming those who have a strong communications background, marketing, digital skills, and a passion for improving Vietnam’s technology and future technology.”
The second speaker, Mr Peter Henriques, General Manager of BAT East Asia, encouraged the students to elevate their skills to compete with regional talent and also to reach out to the world.
“Vietnam is ranked 11th out of 12 rated Asian countries and is very low compared with other countries in the region in terms of human resource development,” Mr Henriques said.
“With 65% of the Vietnamese workforce deemed unskilled, according to the European Chamber of Commerce in 2015, Vietnam’s labour market needs to be uplifted to reach a higher standard in terms of workforce quality.”
Mr Henriques emphasised the importance of quality in the workforce.
“Quality, in today’s definition, means to lead, to think critically and logically, and is the key thing moving Vietnam forward when it goes global,” he said.
“Young Vietnamese talent needs to improve its skills and quality to compete with developed countries’ talents.”
“Be humble enough to learn, to differentiate yourself, and be passionate, but be more cautious and think long-term,” he concluded.
The event was organised by The UNESCO Center for Culture and Education, and RMIT Vietnam’s Careers & Employability Service and Centre of Technology.
Story: Le Mong Thuy