Getting Noticed for Tomorrow’s Top Jobs

We all spend on average 12 years of our lives in formal schooling, educating ourselves about mathematical concepts, from algebraic equations to measuring the angles of a triangle. We learn about the history of our country and the difference between a verb and a noun; we are taught what happens when oxygen collides with hydrogen, and we are told what people in different parts of the world eat and wear.


First Jobs

My first job was on a farm picking fruit in South East Queensland and my first job with a major company was at McDonald’s as they opened their flagship store in the medium size town I went to high school in. And while I never aspired to the McManagement position they always pushed, it certainly did teach me a few things about work ethics and the fact that I didn’t want either of those jobs as an adult.


Cracking Through the Glass Ceiling

In my 10 years living in Vietnam, I’ve been involved in numerous discussions on the workforce, how it has evolved and transformed to accommodate the country’s industrialisation. Occasionally the issues of gender equality arise. From the corner pho seller to the construction worker and powerful business leaders, women make up slightly more than half of the Vietnamese workforce. It is also interesting to note how they have tackled their career barriers over the years.


Growing Vietnam’s Workforce

Although having a relatively low unemployment rate compared to other countries in Asia, Vietnam is facing a tough challenge with its younger workforce. By the end of 2014, 6.3 percent of youths between the ages of 15 to 24 were out of a job; which is even more alarming when 20.75 percent of fresh graduates (aged 20 to 24) are unable to find work.


Youth Unemployment

In 2014, global unemployment broke the all-time record, with 201.8 million people without a job, and an unemployment rate of 6 percent, unchanged from 2012. It is estimated that there will be more than 215 million jobseekers by 2018. In the Asian region, the unemployment rate stood at 4.3 percent in 2014. Compared to others, Vietnam has the third lowest rate (2.08 percent), after Thailand (0.8 percent) and Singapore (1.90 percent), and followed by Malaysia (2.70 percent).


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