VIETNAM: Young choose higher education over jobs

Rather than seeking a job after graduation from the Mine and Geology College, Nguyen Ngoc Cuong opted to enrol in a masters course. With a new masters degree in hand, the 30-year-old engineer plans to take information technology and English language courses instead of looking for a job. These days, Cuong's experience is not unique.

Recent research carried out by the Institute for Educational Research (IER) at the HCM City University of Education has found that 80% of high school students and 70% of university students pursue further study after graduation.

In an effort to determine Vietnamese student's attitudes about their future and their awareness of factors that may influence their lives, the study surveyed 2,000 students from 24 schools and universities in Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang and Can Tho.

A common belief among youth is that the more degrees one holds the easier it will be to find a good job. When asked about the skills necessary for a good future, most students said they would need practical skills such as foreign languages and information technology. Just over half of the students wanted to take on a part-time job to gain experience in the workforce.
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