On May 6, 2023, Career Day was successfully held at Fulbright University Vietnam campus. This event provided an opportunity for students to connect with companies and organizations. In turn, the recruiters can meet potential candidates through Career Fair and Mock Interviews. From an educational perspective, early exposure to a professional work environment not only helps students gain a better understanding of the realities but also enables them to build relationships for their future careers.
This year, Fulbright proudly welcomed over 45 partners from various renowned companies, corporations, and organizations nationwide, such as PwC, Guardian, Schindler, Jardine Matheson, Tasco, Unilever, Shopee, and more. Additionally, students had the chance to interact and gather information about the job market, career trends, and diverse internship opportunities at the recruitment booths of diverse potential employers.
“As a soon-to-be graduate student, the Career Day is not only a chance to learn about companies as in previous years, but also a chance to connect with future recruiters. Therefore, I spent quite a lot of time talking to company representatives and discussing topics related to career orientation,” shared Hoang Mai Linh, Class of 2023.
The Present of Work
The event also included a panel discussion on the theme “Must-have Transferable Skills to Succeed in the Present of Work” featuring Mr. Nhã Nguyễn – Vietnam Country Director at Christina Noble’s Children Foundation, Mr. Đức Đinh – Investment Manager at Phoenix Holdings and Amy Trần – an Economics majored student at Fulbright.
Coming from three different generations, three different educational and professional backgrounds, the panelists reflected on their journeys and shared valuable advices regarding the necessary skills in the modern work environment.
Mr. Nha Nguyen: “I believe the most important thing in life is happiness. And I hope that we can all utilize the grades, the skills, the number of Facebook followers, the activities, with the mindset that happiness is the goal, and also the journey.”
“I value mindset the most. Skills can be obtained if you put efforts into it, but it is the mindset that makes you want to learn and improve yourself. The world is changing, there will always be things that you don’t know, you have to be okay with not knowing something to want learning it,” Amy Tran continued.
Mr. Duc Dinh remarked: “Don’t be afraid of trying new things. Have an open mind. Welcome all the things that seem crazy, weird, and out of the ordinary as they come. As you keep doing that everyday, even if you don’t set out to learn something, you will look back at some point and realize that you have acquired many skills along the way.”
Mock Interview & Feedback session
Particularly, this year, Fulbright Career Day introduced a groundbreaking Mock Interview & Feedback session, featuring 20 prominent corporates and organizations. This unique opportunity enabled students to not only showcase their potential but also receive personalized feedback from industry experts. “Receiving feedback on my performance boosts my confidence when applying for positions for the first time. It also allowed me to practice and prepare for the official interview,” shared Tran Duy Vuong, Class of 2026.
“Participating in a trial interview helped me have a more specific view of the “real” interview process with a large company through specific situational questions that were relevant to my profile. As I am still a student and in the process of trying out in many diverse fields, the employer advised me to add a career objective section to my profile. This will help them see my effort in applying for the post rather than just simply “spreading CVs”,” shared Tran Ngoc Phuong Nghi, Class of 2025.
“The event provided students with practical information to help them choose the major that best suited their passion and ability. As an employer and recruiter myself, I was thrilled to be able to connect with young and talented individuals who are well-prepared to enter the workforce and make a positive impact on the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this event and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to engage with driven and passionate young professionals,” Minh Ton – Sustainability Manager at Motul Asia Pacific excited.
Career Day 2023 was a success thanks to the dedicated coordination and support of Career Services, interns, volunteers, and partners. This will serve as the crucial link between liberal arts students and future employers for career advancement.