‘The future is yours’, was the message given to the capital’s first generation of RMIT Vietnam graduates in the professional communication program.
At the RMIT Vietnam Hanoi graduation ceremony in early December, Chairman and CEO of the Le Group of Companies Mr Le Quoc Vinh congratulated the graduates on their entry into the booming, promising but challenging communications industry in Vietnam.
Mr Vinh told the group of nine they were lucky to belong to the Millennial Generation as it means they’ll experience firsthand the country’s transition from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy.
“These days, well-educated individuals lead the game and careers are being made at a time when technology is changing the way we work,” Mr Vinh said.
“The gap between Vietnam and the developed world is narrowing and technology is providing us with the opportunity to conquer human information and knowledge.”
Mr Vinh said the graduates would also benefit from the country’s shift to a development-nurturing state and a change from the high evaluation of manual works to the appreciation of individual creativity.
“This change enables opportunities for graduates to showcase their talents and creativity,” Mr Vinh said.
But it can also be challenging, he adds.
”There is plenty of dangerous seduction out there,” Mr Vinh said.
“Technology and social media give you the chance to see and know the world, but it also shows you the negative sides of life, such as corruption, social evils and crime.
“You may be disappointed because the world out there is not exactly what you’re expecting,” he said.
“Some of you may picture the environment of multi-national companies, such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, or international advertising agencies, where you see the shiny side to the communications industry.
“But what you’ll see in Vietnam is self-trained professionals, modest offices with outdated computers,” he said.
“And that’s how we’ve been writing our names in the competing world.”
Mr Vinh encouraged the graduates to promote and embrace change in the country’s burgeoning communications industry.
“It’s not simply to apply what you’ve learnt from your education but to consider what you can do differently,” Mr Vinh said.
“Creativity is more important than ever.”