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Times can be tough after university

Update: October, 19/2014 - 12:00

Times are tough for many people who have studied at university.

They cannot find the kind of jobs they hoped to get after all their hard studying.

Instead, many of them have had to do very simple jobs.

People in high positions are hoping to find ways to solve this problem.

Graduates attend a job market in Ha Noi. Tens of thousands of graduates in the Central Highlands are struggling to find good jobs and have to resort to menial or low-skilled labour.
Graduates attend a job market in Ha Noi. Tens of thousands of graduates in the Central Highlands are struggling to find good jobs and have to resort to menial or low-skilled labour. - VNS Photo Truong Vi.

HA NOI (VNS) — Tens of thousands of young college and university graduates in the Central Highlands are struggling to find good jobs and are having to resort to menial or low-skilled labour.

The management of universities and colleges also remained loose and there was a shortage of support policies for graduates, experts have said.

Nguyen Thi Thao, who gained a degree in teaching from the Dak Lak Pedagogy College in Dak Lak Province two years ago, said she worked as a waitress at a cafeteria near the March 10 Square in central Buon Ma Thuot City.

Her monthly income of VND2.5 million (US$117) helps her make ends meet while she waits for a teaching position.

"I've stayed here to wait for a better job, but it's two years since I graduated from college," she said.

Nguyen Thi Kim Hong, who graduated in veterinary science at the Central Highlands University, has repeatedly applied for jobs in her field of expertise, but has been unsuccessful.

She now works at a local fashion shop.

"I thought what I studied would be useful in the Central Highlands. If I can't find a job in my area, all of my efforts and my parents' money have gone to waste," Hong said.

University and college graduates in Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku and Da Lat are in the same situation.

K'Duong, a K'ho ethnic graduate from HCM City's University of Pedagogy, returned to his hometown in Gung Re Commune, Lam Dong Province to work in the rice fields and coffee plantations after searching for a job for five years.

His brother, K'Gui, is also struggling to find a job after graduating with honours from HCM City's University of Architecture three years ago.

"Seeing me still unemployed after years of studying, some of my cousins have decided to drop out of school as they're afraid they will not be able to find jobs," K'Duong said.

Currently, there are roughly 15,000 unemployed university and college graduates in the Central Highlands.

Lu Dinh Duong, deputy head of Gia Lai Province's Department of Education and Training's Professional Education Office, said the reason was that entrance procedures were too easy.

Duong said some schools had their own enrolment procedures and ignored regulations to ensure they enrolled enough students, regardless of whether they were qualified or not.

The opening of new courses had also contributed to the problem, he added.

He cited Da Lat and the Central Highlands universities as examples. There were 85 different courses available at the two schools, but in recent years, the schools have opened five new courses.

Nguyen Trong Hoa, rector of the Dak Lak Pedagogy College, said each year, about 800 students graduated from the school.

He said the school had worked with the provincial department to find jobs for graduates with employers who were in need.

Hoa said about 40 per cent of students met employer requirements on average. However, he did not know how many had found professional jobs.

Phan Hong, director of the provincial Department of Education and Training, said that too many courses and loose management of enrolment regulations had led to low-quality graduates and an increase in unemployment in the region.

According to experts, tighter control of student enrolment and new courses was necessary, and institutions that failed to perform should be closed.

Schools must also work with local career centres and enterprises to help graduates find jobs in their fields of study, they said. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Tens of thousands of young college and university graduates in the Central Highlands are struggling to find good jobs and are having to resort to menial or low-skilled labour.

Menial jobs are those that you do not need much skill to be able to do.

The management of universities and colleges also remained loose and there was a shortage of support policies for graduates, experts have said.

Policies are attitudes that organisations take up towards dealing with things. Support policies for graduates are attitudes that are to do with supporting people who have just qualified and need jobs.

Her monthly income of VND2.5 million (US$117) helps her make ends meet while she waits for a teaching position.

Your income is the money you bring in.

To make ends meet means to be able to pay for what you need to live.

Nguyen Thi Kim Hong, who graduated in veterinary science at the Central Highlands University, has repeatedly applied for jobs in her field of expertise, but has been unsuccessful.

Veterinary science is animal medicine.

Your field of expertise is what you have skills and knowledge to do well.

K'Duong, a K'ho ethnic graduate from HCM City's University of Pedagogy, returned to his hometown in Gung Re Commune, Lam Dong Province to work in the rice fields and coffee plantations after searching for a job for five years.

Ethnic people are people who belong to specific communities who are different to other communities around them. One such community is the K'ho people.

A graduate is someone who has studied and passed the examination for an academic course, such as a university degree.

His brother, K'Gui, is also struggling to find a job after graduating with honours from HCM City's University of Architecture three years ago.

To graduate with honours means to do so with very good marks.

Architecture is the study of designing houses and buildings.

Lu Dinh Duong, deputy head of Gia Lai Province's Department of Education and Training's Professional Education Office, said the reason was that entrance procedures were too easy.

Entrance procedures are the things that need to be done in order to get into a school, college or university.

Duong said some schools had their own enrolment procedures and ignored regulations to ensure they enrolled enough students, regardless of whether they were qualified or not.

Enrolment procedures are the same as entrance procedures.

He cited Da Lat and the Central Highlands universities as examples.

To cite Da Lat and the Central Highlands universities as examples means to give them as examples.

Schools must also work with local career centres and enterprises to help graduates find jobs in their fields of study, they said.

Enterprises are small businesses that people set up when they come up with business ideas.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1.      In the Central Highland, many young people out of university are battling to find jobs in which they can use their hard-earned education.

2.       K'Gui and K'Duong are brothers.

3.      Nguyen Thi Thao now works in a fashion shop.

4.      There is a square called March 10 Square in central Buon Ma Thuot City.

5.      Dak Lak Pedagogy College in Dak Lak Province offers courses in teaching.

ANSWERS:

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 1. True; 2. True; 3. False; 4. True; 5. True.


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