RMIT Vietnam’s new Career Passport program is on track for success for both students and employers.
Running from semester one this year as an expansion of RMIT Vietnam’s Workplace Preparation Program and renamed Career Passport, the free program aims to equip students with essential techniques for seeking employment.
It’s run by the University’s Career Centre.
Career Program Coordinator Susmita Das said Career Passport helps students develop a comprehensive skill set from when they start choosing their career path through to engaging with the working world.
“The former Workplace Preparation Program was targeted towards graduating students but these students often told us they wished they had this experience earlier in their degrees,” Ms Das said.
“That’s why we decided to take a staged approach with Career Passport, covering three areas of Explore, Experience and Engage.
“Each stage provides a different package of employability skills that are suitable for each group of students, varying from those who are new to those about to graduate,” she said.
As part of the Engage stage, an industry networking event is held during week nine as a platform for students to showcase skills and techniques they’ve learned throughout the program.
Bachelor of Commerce student Tran Le Anh Duy, who is participating in the Career Passport program, said the networking event tested his ability to connect with industry people and identify job opportunities.
“Using tips I’ve gained through Career Passport, I approached potential employers and asked them about their companies as well as the types of roles available,” Duy said.
“I built up the conversation by sharing my passion to work in human resources.
“After the event, I received a call from Schneider Electric Vietnam about their recruitment training program,” he said.
Mr Bui Huu Thien An, Senior Account Executive of studio Bo Cong Anh, was at the event searching for interns with design, communications and IT backgrounds.
“As well as professional knowledge, RMIT Vietnam students are equipped with other valuable skills so they can adapt to the professional working environment quickly and proficiently,” Mr An said.
“This is a benefit to employers by saving time and resources to train newcomers.”