Over two days, 70 senior representatives from high schools, colleges and universities from across Vietnam discussed best practice and innovation in the types of career guidance services which can be offered to high school students.
The workshop on Career Guidance Innovation in Secondary Education attracted participants from 20 central and southern provinces and cities in Vietnam.
It was organised by RMIT Vietnam in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Training Vietnam (MOET) and the Flemish Association for Cooperation Development and Technical Assistance, Belgium (VVOB).
Held in early August at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South, topics included the current approach to career guidance in Vietnam; career guidance practices across Australia, New Zealand and South Korea; and the future management and organisational structure of career guidance in Vietnam.
Participants heard local and international labour market statistics as well as examined career guidance theories that can be applied in Vietnam high schools.
Director General, Secondary Education Department, MOET, Dr Chuan Vu said the workshop equipped career guidance professionals with an awareness of new and innovative practices.
"With this new knowledge and methods to better fulfil career guidance practices, participants can return to their educational institutions and meet the requirements for simple but effective change in Vietnamese education," Mr Vu said.
At the workshop's opening ceremony, RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said one of the significant reasons leading to employment success for RMIT Vietnam graduates was the University's active career guidance program.
"In addition to our teaching practice aligning with business expectations and the many industry internship opportunities we offer, it's our effective and active career services which help to achieve a successful transition from university to employment," Professor McDonald said.
"The same preparation is needed in the transition from high school to university, which is why workshops such as these are so important."
A large part of the workshop was presented by RMIT Vietnam Career Counsellor Ms Phoenix Ho.
Ms Ho has a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in career development counselling, extensive experience in career consultation as well as having successfully coordinated three in-depth career guidance programs for teachers in Ho Chi Minh City from late 2013 to early 2014.
At the completion of the workshop, Thanh Phu 1 High School (Co Do District, Can Tho City) Mr Ngoi Vo said he can take his new knowledge to help direct career counselling for students as well as run career guidance training workshops for the school's teachers.
"These skills will not only help the teaching staff with career counselling practices but also in everyday work life," Mr Vo said.
Senior Officer, Secondary Education Department, MOET, Mr Tuan Le commended the content covered during the two day workshop.
"The content developed and delivered by RMIT Vietnam is very practical with the majority of time focused on real work examples," Mr Le said.
"The facilitator, Ms Ho, is very experienced in career guidance."
"From a management perspective, this type of workshop is highly effective and worth being repeated."