The International Labor Organization (ILO) believes that Vietnam will be among the most-impacted countries by Industry 4.0, leading to opportunities for highly skilled workers.
According to forecasts by VietnamWorks, the job search website, even with nearly 80,000 IT staff graduating in 2017 and 2018, Vietnam will face a deficit of 70,000 such workers by the end of this year.
RMIT Vietnam alumnus Nguyen Quang Buu, a Software Engineer at Google in California, said at a panel discussion recently held at the University that strong background knowledge and soft skills are vital for a career in industries altered by Industry 4.0, the catch-all term for current trends in automation and mass data exchange in manufacturing technology.
"Working at large companies like Google or Facebook requires engineers to master the background knowledge that is the foundation for building additional knowledge,” Mr Buu said.
“Also, the large working groups of tens or hundreds of people at these companies feature members from all over the world. For example, my group features 50 people from 18 countries, so understanding the culture, teamwork, presentation skills, communication, problem solving and writing reports are essential to working effectively and communicating well in the group," Buu said.
Meanwhile, Dr Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, lecturer of information and technology at RMIT Vietnam, said at the discussion that the training of high-quality, skilled workers must be in line with the needs of enterprises.
"At RMIT Vietnam’s School of Science & Technology, we have an industry advisory board consisting of representatives from large software companies operating in Vietnam. Through this collaboration, we can equip future engineers with the skills and knowledge required by industry," Dr Thanh explained.
“Based on this industry insight, we offer subjects in line with technological trends such as blockchain and the Internet of Things. In each subject, RMIT focuses on soft skills, background and in-depth knowledge to help students gain the ability to cope with difficult technical problems, such as new web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, ES6, ReactJS and Redux. These are advanced, challenging technologies sought after by many businesses.”
This focus on highly relevant technical skills has paid off in the real world, Dr Thanh added.
“As a result, 100% of IT students at RMIT Vietnam land a job either during or after their internship,” he concluded.