Students in central Vietnam schools will have access to assessments to ascertain their career interests and proficiencies following a recent ‘train the trainers’ careers workshop led by RMIT Vietnam staff.
The two-day program in Danang was the final of three designed to build the capacity of secondary and high school teachers to provide career guidance to their students across Vietnam.
Fifty district leaders, principals and vice principals from 10 provinces in central Vietnam attended, following programs held in 2013 and 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City and in Hanoi and the northern provinces.
Opening the workshop, RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said the university wanted to share with teachers RMIT Vietnam’s working principle that education must contribute substantially to students’ employability.
“Ideally career planning is a process that begins in high school and continues into university,” Professor McDonald said.
“But not all Vietnamese high schools have specialist careers teachers or careers services.
“This is a significant project for us to be involved in because we know we’re doing something that positively affects the career futures of many young people in this country.”
RMIT Vietnam’s Career Counselling Coordinator Phoenix Ho facilitated the workshop, sharing theories, techniques and teaching materials the educators could take back to schools to train teachers and use with students.
“This was practical information and in the workshop educators nominated projects they could implement immediately in schools on their return,” she said.
“The educators found the Holland assessment tool helping students nominate career areas of interest helpful as well as the lesson plans, activities and slides we gave them as a creative way to teach the mandated nine periods a year of career education.”
The program has been a collaboration between MOET (Ministry of Education and Training), DOETs (Departments of Education and Training) and VVOB (the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance). It is now completed although online careers materials will continue to be available to educators.