Young workers in the 4th Industrial Revolution: Constantly growing
Despite being one of the best in their respective fields, these graduates strive to learn and grow every day.
Nhat Qui Le (left) and Loi Duc Nguyen
At 7.30 A.M, Nhat Qui Le (23 years old) arrives at the workplace, ready for the daily meeting. Nhat is to report on his performance the day before, discuss difficulties and issues he faced with his teammates, and come up with a schedule for the day ahead. Nhat is working in a team whose task is the development of new features for company projects, while maintaining and upgrading existing features.
Loi Duc Nguyen (22 years old) starts a typical day at 6 A.M, and arrive at work at 7 A.M. His company, located on the 1A Highway, sells lathe, milling and drilling machines, as well as maintenance services for such machineries. Loi discusses daily tasks with his superior, then gets on his motorbikes and continues his work at many venues. After work, no matter how far he has to travel, at 6 P.M sharp, he arrives at the technical school where he teaches students how to set up and operates CNC machines.
Nhat Qui Le, who majored in Information Technology, graduated from a university in Ho Chi Minh City last year. He was among the top 3 contestants at the 2018 national skills competition, with a bronze medal at the ASEAN skills competition. He was employed upon graduation. Loi Duc Nguyen, on the other hand, got a gold medal both at the 2018 national skills competition and the ASEAN skills competition in CNC maintenance. He too was employed as a lecturer at a technical school upon graduation.
“I work in mechanical system maintenance, which has high demands for employees right now. And when there is a strong demand for skilled workers in Vietnam, those with skills will not be unemployed.”
After working for a year, Loi realized the knowledge acquired at school is only a part of the big picture. Work requires more complex skills, such as creativity or quick problem solving. “You have to be better tomorrow than you were yesterday. And that means constant learning and exposure, not only in your field but also in related ones, and learning from outstanding individuals.” For Loi, each of his lecture at school for the next generation is a lesson and a chance to practice.
Nhat Qui Le also has his focus on improving his expertise and skills. Nhat’s company is one of the biggest e-commerce websites in Vietnam, and his team is constantly looking to optimize the system’s efficiency, user experience, and security. “As technology advances on a daily basis, those without up-to-date knowledge will not be able to develop products that meet customers’ demands. I do my best to acquire more knowledge, stay updated with new technological advancements, and utilise them for higher efficiency. At the moment, apart from working on company projects, I am also learning English,” said Nhat.
Young generations are ambitious in their career
Young workers are particularly ambitious in developing their career path. They have an optimistic view of work, and associate professional development with their own personal development, in terms of expertise and skills, meaning they are capable of holding higher positions with more responsibility, and gaining financial independence. Many young employees nowadays are willing to sacrifice their work-life balance to spend more time for work and learning opportunities.
On the other hand, there is still room for improvement. Some young employees lack commitment to their companies and organizations, and they don’t work for long enough to make a contribution, nor to improve professionally. The reasons might be their ambitions, or over-confidence, or lack of “giving” besides “taking”.
In the future, some important skills and qualities include proactive learning, cooperation, talent management, data analysis and decision making, and emotional intelligence. Other skills related to technology and their utilization in a professional environment will give employees a competitive edge, as well as proficiency in foreign languages and a global mindset.
Ms. Mai Phuong Nguyen (CEO of Navigos Search)
Young workers nowadays have a different mindset when it comes to developing their career, and they prefer to work in the private sector. The young workforce has more flexibility, and can quickly adapt to meet increasingly high requirements such as proficiency in foreign languages and technology literacy. However, commitment and loyalty are areas for improvement. It is the lack of such qualities that are keeping young people from key and managerial positions, which require a deep understanding and insight that come only from long exposure to the organization.
Mr. Hieu Trung Cao (CEO of Dan Tri Soft)
Staying up-to-date with technological advancements
Workers need better awareness of career preparation in order to stay competitive in the future labor market. Specifically, they need to improve their communication skills for better work efficiency.
In our modern society, it is essential that workers equip themselves with new technological advancements and stay up-to-date with demands of the labor market, or risk falling behind.
Mr. Sang Van Nguyen (Deputy CEO, Ho Chi Minh City’s Center for Youth Employment)
A growth mindset
Globalization is taking place at unprecedented speed, and job opportunities in foreign countries are becoming more common. Therefore, apart from expertise, workers need to be well-prepared in terms of attitude, skills and a growth mindset. In general, young workers need extensive training to stay competitive with their foreign counterparts. This means making an effort to learn and practice their skills in practical situations.
Other desirable qualities include dedication and perserverance. Vietnamese workers’ weaknesses include proficiency in foreign languages and cultural adaptation.
Liem Thanh Nguyen (CEO of Lien Hiep Phat Ltd., Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City)
Young people need to improve both their knowledge and skills to meet the demand of the labor market and increase their added value, as perceived by the organization. Additionally, initiatives to reduce time requirements, improve efficiency, and create innovative products are highly appreciated.
In the context of increasing competition in terms of innovation and creativity, it is vital that young generations constantly sharpen their knowledge, skills and mindset.
Duc Van Nguyen (CEO of Technics Le Nguyen Ltd., Ba Ria – Vung Tau)
Source: Thanh Nien (http://bit.ly/2nnnAwh)