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Women take on ‘male' professions

Update: February, 03/2012 - 10:27


Female workers at the Green Building construction site in District 9, HCM City. Female graduates are to receive support to find jobs in fields that are traditionally associated with male workers. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh
HCM CITY — Female graduates will get more support in finding employment in sectors that are traditionally associated with male workers, according to career counsellors.

Do Van Dung, vice rector of HCM City University of Pedagogy and Technology, said certain career paths, such as those in engineering, fail to attract many females. On average, there were only four or five female students studying in this field at his university, he said.

However, he said, female graduates are now being recruited for technical jobs and managerial positions with some employers in search of auto mechanics even preferring female graduates, in part due to a recent shortage of workers in the sector.

Nguyen Van Thu, rector of the HCM City University of Transport, said some jobs such as construction management required skilled project managers, positions that were totally suitable for women.

He said female graduates in search of jobs in the roads construction sector would get priority over male applicant at Government enterprises.

Do Trong Thien, head of HCM City Career Introduction Centre's Labour Market Research Department said female candidates for positions as mechanics or electricians have already been the first choice of employers in the sector, who offer salaries from VND7-15 million (US$336-720) per month.

However, few students, especially females, seem interested in this work.

"Some graduates came to seek jobs at the centre, but they're are not so common," he said.

Dinh Phuong Duy, chairman of HCM City Educational Psychology Science Association, said students should choose their future careers after researching labour demand and carefully considering their own aspirations instead of following the crowd to choose allegedly hot careers such as banking and pharmacy.

Experts said that career orientation services for students should be strengthened and parents should help their children to choose the right career.

Results from the university entrance examinations last year in HCM City showed that jobs attracting the lowest number of trainees included mechanics and electricians. — VNS

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