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Junior college, university grads struggling to find jobs in Vietnam

It is not uncommon these days to see many young junior college and university graduates in Vietnam doing menial or low-skilled jobs such as beer promotional girls, shoe sellers, factory workers, and even security guards.

Persuading these people to tell their sad stories is hard work but a Tuoi Tre reporter managed to do so.

Some told the reporter that they feel ashamed about their situation while many try to keep it their secret, even from their loved ones.

Huynh Thi Thuy Hang, who last year gained a degree in finance and banking from a university based in Ho Chi Minh City, repeatedly applied for jobs that fit her field of study but she was unsuccessful all the time.

Now Hang works as a beer promotional girl in some sidewalk eateries to make ends meet while waiting for a better job.

Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, who earned an associate’s degree in business administration from a university in the Mekong Delta, is in the same situation as Hang because Thuy has to promote beer brands in local restaurants and bars every night to earn her livelihood.

Meanwhile, people have dubbed a night market in the vast campus area at the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, located in Thu Duc District, “the market of intellectuals” since many junior college and university graduates choose to sell clothes and footwear there after failing to land any job related to their majors.

“I could not find a suitable job after graduating from university. After that I was recruited as an office worker but I eventually quit it, because of low salary, and became a clothing seller here,” Nguyen Nhu Cam, who graduated in urban management from HCMC-based Hong Bang International University, told the Tuoi Tre reporter.

“I am not sure if I can find a better job that suits my major in the future. It’s very difficult to seek one now,” she lamented.

Minh Thuy, holding an associate’s degree in business administration granted by Mekong University based in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, promotes beer brands in a restaurant.
Minh Thuy, holding an associate’s degree in business administration granted by Mekong University based in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, promotes beer brands in a restaurant.

Tuyet Nhung (R), having an associate’s degree in business administration conferred by a junior college in HCMC, now works as a security guard.

Ngo Phuoc Thinh (R), who earned a bachelor’s degree in the Chinese language from the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, is now a delivery man.

Luong Hong Ngoc (R), who has been struggling to seek a suitable job after graduating from her junior college two years ago, looks for job opportunities at a career center in HCMC.

Dong Thi Phu (R), holder of an associate’s degree in accounting granted by a university in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, works as a factory worker at the local Tan Huong Industrial Park. She gave up looking for an accounting job after failing ten times on applying for one.

Nguyen Nhu Cam, who graduated in urban management from HCMC-based Hong Bang International University in 2012, sells clothes at the night market in the vast campus area at the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, located in Thu Duc District.

Thuy Trang (wearing pink glasses), who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration granted by Saigon Technology University, finds job opportunities at a career center in HCMC.

Pham Tat Dat goes online almost every day to search for jobs since he graduated with an associate’s degree in business administration from a university in HCMC two years ago.