Hanoi event hears of the effects of the free movement of workers within ASEAN to come from the AEC.
Vietnam’s labor market will become increasingly competitive with greater opportunities and challenges coming from the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), Ms. Nguyen Van Anh, Managing Director of employment consultants Navigos Search, told the Talent Magnet networking event hosted by Career & Employability Services at RMIT Vietnam on August 16.
“Free movement of workers within ASEAN will increase competition and the requirements for highly-skilled workers,” she said.
The free movement of workers will bring greater opportunities to Vietnamese workers to find jobs in other countries while also giving employers more options in finding suitable employees if they are lacking in their home country. “If we can’t find a skilled nurse in Vietnam, for example, we can seek qualified candidates from the Philippines or elsewhere within ASEAN,” Ms. Van Anh said.
As an experienced employer, she added that attitude determines success. “In a competitive working environment your attitude will make a huge difference and determine your success,” she said.
“Young Vietnamese are hard working and can learn quickly,” Ms. Kelly Linh Nguyen, Marketing Manager at Uber Vietnam, told the gathering. “But they still lack a proactive approach. They should be more open and use their understanding in every project.”
RMIT students networked at the event with industry representatives in a speed networking session and heard a panel discussion between Ms Van Anh, Ms. Nguyen, Dr. Achim Fock from the World Bank, and Ms. Nguyen Huyen Chau from RMIT Vietnam’s alumni and co-founder of School 4 Kids.
First-year Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) student Ms. Nguyen Thi Hai Trang believes that expanding her professional network will benefit her studies now and help her succeed in the future. “The event provided me with the opportunity to learn how to introduce myself in the most impressive way and in a limited time,” she said.
RMIT students at the event were able to practice how to impress future employers in just 45 seconds and learned how to sharpen their English language and other soft skills.