Over 1,400 high school students recently attended the first business-themed Experience Days across both RMIT Vietnam Saigon South and Hanoi.
The days offered hands-on program workshops for students alongside career guidance, interaction with industry and insight into student work and life.
Over seventy practical workshops were held at both events covering business information systems, commerce, economics, English, entrepreneurship, international business, management, marketing, supply chain management and team building.
It was the second visit to the University’s Saigon South site for year 11 student Nguyen Ngoc Thong, who had attended RMIT Vietnam’s Open Day the previous year.
“I’m considering pursuing a career in the creative or entertainment industries, with a focus on social media,” he said.
Thong, who is currently a student at the Canadian International School in Ho Chi Minh City, said he found the Experience Day’s career workshops very helpful.
“It made me consider my core values and how I can apply these values when considering my career options,” he said.
The 17-year-old attended the Experience Day at Saigon South with his parents.
"It’s our first visit to RMIT Vietnam,” said Thong’s mother Duong Quynh Nga.
“What’s most important to us when considering a university education for our children is the programs on offer,” she said.
“While we also place value on the facilities and campus environment, it’s mainly about the academic programs available.”
16-year-old Nguyen Ngoc Anh in Hanoi, a year 11 student at Thang Long High School attended the Experience Day with her father.
“Through the workshops I attended as well as the visits to the information booths, it has given me practical experience as well as access to informative discussions on marketing, my area of interest,” she said.
Anh’s father, Mr Vu Anh Chien said many different options are carefully considered as part of supporting his daughter to select the right program.
“When looking at university choices, for us, it’s about the institution’s credibility and teaching methods,” he said.
As well as advice on programs from RMIT Vietnam’s academic staff, students met alumni and business professionals from Vinamilk, L'Oreal, DAMCO, Lazada, KPMG, P&G, Creatio and Mott Visual to hear about their roles and companies.
The University’s Career Centre offered counselling and ran a special information session for parents, while current students showcased club offerings.
RMIT Vietnam’s three Experience Days throughout 2015 are a move from the University’s annual Open Day.
The focus on business at the recent Experience Day in May will be followed by a creative theme in October and technology in November.