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Degrees not paramount for IT jobs

Update: August, 08/2014 - 08:21
A teacher instructs his students during a lesson at the University of Natural Sciences. Head hunters said that working ability, individual experience and passion for work were much more important than professional degrees. — VNA/VNS Photo Bich Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS) — Professional degrees were not a key element technology employers used to recruit qualified personnel, three leaders of information technology enterprises have said.

In a recent programme held by VTC Academy, the leaders of VTC Online JSC, Appota JSC and FPT Software JSC said that working ability, individual experience and passion for work were much more important.

Do Tuan Anh, director of Appota JSC said his company had more than 200 employees, and many of them did not own degrees of distinction or degrees in another speciality.

"Degrees rank fifth position in my recruitment criteria. It comes after working experience, adoption capacity, self-studying skill and teamwork skill," he said.

Tuan Anh said he paid wages for employees based on their working ability. Thus, some who had degrees in another speciality were paid more than that with degrees of distinction.

Dao Truong Giang, marketing manager of VTC Online JSC said he saw the difference in passion and dedication in each employee.

"At my company, some well-performing managers and employees have not yet graduated from university," he added.

Dr Nguyen Le Minh, former deputy head of the National Programme on Careers, said that many university graduates were unemployed as they lacked social skills.

Many had to spend months to get acquainted with the job, he added.

Figures from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs show that about 162,000 people with some kind of degree remain unemployed. — VNS

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