‘Living differently to master your own life’ by Assoc.Prof. PhD. Nguyen Quoc Suu

Friday - 02/10/2020 04:39
Vov.vn - According to Assoc.Prof. PhD. Nguyen Quoc Suu, Vice Rector of HUHA - an expert in the field of tertiary admissions, four factors that should be taken into account by a candidate when choosing an academic discipline are his own desires, its requirements; society’s demand for it and his own capacities.
University enrollment season of 2020-2021 is more scorching than ever and the candidates are in the process of adjusting their aspirations. However, up to this point, many of them seem anxious about which academic disciplines and/or university should be selected while some just think that passing university entrance exams is important, no matter what university or academic discipline it is.
When giving the candidates his advice on choosing academic disciplines, Mr. Suu said, “Choosing an academic discipline is to decide on your future. Choosing the appropriate discipline is to bring yourself a bright/promising future. For those who have just graduated from high schools, this choice is not easy. Most of them , when selecting universities or disciplines, depend on such reasons as under the opinions of the majority, by the parents’ desires or following in father’s footsteps and so on”.
Nguyen Quoc Suu
Assoc.Prof. PhD. Nguyen Quoc Suu, Vice Rector of HUHA

He also said that “there were many reasons for choosing a discipline. Firstly, upon graduation, they would spend most of their time on the jobs that they have chosen. There is nothing happier than being attached to the loved jobs. The very passions and fondness for the jobs are the key factors helping them be creative, dedicate and achieve the best results at work.
Secondly, each profession has its own requirements (skills, health, appearance, ect. ), which can be changed by the functioning of the society and economy. They should study these requirements carefully to see if they can really meet them.  For example, IT skills (previously also considered important) are getting more and more imperative when employees must know how to use technology/machines fluently,  which is  further realized when the Covid pandemic occurred. It is a pity that many students and their families do not have enough information to make a right  decision about choosing any academic disciplines or programs.
Thirdly, they should learn about the labor market and society’s demands for the academic disciplines thay have chosen. The labor market here includes the local, national, regional and international ones.  More importantly, information should be obtained through official and extensive sources, but not merely through informal information sources provided by relatives or friends, ...”
He also suggested “the students should search the information on the google, the job websites or from the universities to learn about the academic disciplines with the great demands of human resources after COVID-19 pandemic such as Information Technology (Computer Science, Software Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analysis ...) or Health Care with the support of Biotechnology. They should also avoid choosing the ones that they are passionate about and want to dedicate, but do not really meet needs in the future. If so, a lot of time, effort and resources will be wasted.”
Finally, he noted that “the 21st-century workers need more sophisticated skills and abilities to perform many tasks than before. Therefore, students need to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses to see if they can meet the requirements of the jobs they choose or not. It should be remembered that professional capacities play minor roles in the performance of the tasks. In the future labor world, workers need to update themselves with the skills essential and important to most industries such as English / IT, communication skills, and  problem solving skills, criticism skills, independent and team work skills, ...The great lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic shows that workers  in the future will need to improve their skills and continuously learn throughout their lives as the nature of jobs always changes according to major trends.
The viewpoint of ‘doing whatever you learn’ and ‘working in state agencies is the best’ should be eliminated”.
When talking about career guidance, he frankly said that “the current career guidance is not really effective. Most of the parents and students today still want to get a university degree, leading to a situation of 'there are more teachers than workers’. As a result, many intermediate schools and vocational colleges have to struggle with their enrollments”.
"Moreover, there was a period when we focused on training 'chickens to fight'. This training method is no longer appropriate. It needs to be changed starting with a change of mind. “At Hanoi University of Home Affairs, we help our students understand that their undergraduate degrees are only an initial basis, but not a travel ticket for them to use on their life train ”, he said.
Mr. Suu also advises the candidates to get out of their thoughts about only doing what you learnt at university. He added, ‘taking HUHA graduates as an example,  not all of them work in the public sector. The society is under a strong shift from the public sector to the private one, which poses many challenges for training institutions and Hanoi University of Home Affairs is no exception. Therefore, in the training process, the university always connects with businesses to find the training methods that the society needs, which means that the training is based on the social needs. Over the years, many HUHA graduates have been very successful in businesses or start-ups”.
“Many students still crave to work for state agencies upon graduation, which is considered as the main reason why the admission scores given by the police and military universities are that high every year. This is easy to explain as undergraduates are trained free of charges and  do not have to look for jobs after graduation. However, bearing in mind that working for non- state agencies means being unemployed! In fact, many working for non-state bodies earn well-paid salaries. Besides, they take on the loved tasks consistent with their professional qualifications”, he added.
 He also suggested that “if students want to be successful, they should actively improve their foreign language skills, soft skills and need to reach the world of work before graduation.
In addition, there should be mechanisms for universities to be more proactive in cooperating with businesses as they will be a useful, accurate source of information about industry requirements, labor market conditions and the rate of profit margin from certain academic disciplines. From that, universities develop their training programs more fully reflecting the labor market needs. In addition, it is also necessary to have objective and multidimensional assessments of the quality of the training programs and the successful job-hunting rate of graduates, thereby providing the basis and reliable evidence to help future students and their families have more motivation and confidence in their choices.”
‘Choosing academic disciplines and careers is not easy because of many objective and subjective reasons’, said Mr. Suu. “The good news is that nowadays many young people want to be themselves but not the copy of anyone else, no matter who that person is - a beloved or a celebrity. Daring to live differently, challenging oneself and mastering the own life, whether in success or in failure, is encouraging and praising”.

Author: Tạ Thị Kim Ngôn (Dịch từ NguyenTrang Vov.vn)

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