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Career fair to equip disadvantaged students with valuable skills for the workplace

date_range2021-04-27

On the 24th of April, saigonchildren organised a skills training program on job application for nearly 40 disadvantaged students, many are scholars in our Child Development Scholarship Program. Sponsored by Saitex, KPMP, NavigosSearch, and Gameloft, this event aimed to provide learning opportunities for the students so that they can improve practical skills for life and the future.

 

The students participating in the program were trained in writing resumes and job interviews through the guidance of Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Thoa from NavigosSearch – a Silver Sponsor of the event. Not only did the students learn about effective structuring and how to select information most likely to grab an employer’s attention, Ms. Thoa also reviewed a model resume for students to learn from experience.

For the interviewing skills training session, the students learnt the interview process through an employer’s perspective, thereby improving their interview answers and acquiring the skills for a smoother interview. Furthermore, mock interviews were conducted on stage between the students and Ms. Thoa. Tra My (a second-year student at the University of Economics), had an excellent mock interview, where she very confidently presented to employers her strengths, experiences, and career path suitable for the job she wants to apply for.

The training session was the first preparation step for students before the afternoon practice session, where they had the opportunity to have mock interviews with people who have had many years of experience in Human Resources at different companies. Not only did the students personally gain real-life experience, but they also learnt from the experiences and advice of the HR professionals.

On the mock interviews, Ms. Huyen Tran, a member of Headhunter Manpower’s HR Department, shares: “In terms of experience, the students are quite diverse. Some have worked for 3-4 years; while others are only in their first or second-year of university and have little experience. But that’s not the important thing – experience can be gained over time. What’s important is their attitude. Keep a good attitude, and listen and learn from the advice of those around you, you will be successful, or at least, better than you were yesterday.”

Ms. Oanh, a member of First Solar Vietnam’s HR department, shares: “Experience is the most important thing to help you strengthen your interviewing skills. Participating in extracurricular activities will help students learn a lot and orient their future more effectively. In addition, thorough research of the job they are applying for will signal to employers that they are knowledgeable about the specialty, which will allow for a smoother interview process and easier conversation with the employer.”

The students had a weekend filled with practical experiences and valuable advice on how to apply for the job they want in the future. Not only did they practice and learn, they also had their photos professionally taken by saigonchildren’s team to accompany their resumes, as well as a chance to socialise with people with years of experience and other students.

One student, after an impressive mock interview with an HR representative for Amanotes technology company, was noticed and promised to be a leading candidate for the company’s upcoming internship position.

Through the program, Ho Thi Nhu Quynh (a third-year student at the University of Agriculture and Forestry) and Nguyen Tuong Linh (a third-year student at the Banking University of HCMC) shares: “Before, we did not have experience with writing resumes, we just looked online or came up with something ourselves so our resumes weren’t that professional. With your detailed instructions, we learnt to improve our resume writing skills. This event also helped us understand our interviewing abilities, allowed us to experience the interviewing process, and we also received a lot of beneficial feedback from the interviewers”. Quynh has plans to start an internship in June, she hopes to have the opportunity to intern with a company related to seafood import and export to gain experience in the area and chances of advancement in the profession. Linh is currently an intern at a renowned bank, and hopes to have another internship to learn about the differences between banks, profile building, and standard processes required for every bank.

Saigonchildren would like to thank Gameloft for sponsoring the venue for the program; our Gold Sponsor Saitex Vietnam, and Silver Sponsors KPMG, and NavigosSearch for supporting the program. Additionally, we would like to thank our sponsors and the experts in the fields of HR who have assisted saigonchildren in conducting the mock interviews, making the event a success!

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