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UNV supports University Students in Hanoi

Ha Noi, 06/03/2014

With an aim of equipping senior year university students throughout Hanoi with useful employment skills, creating a mechanism of knowledge-sharing by volunteers, and the promotion of volunteerism for development UNV Vietnam held a training course entitled “UNV Youth Employment Skills Development Program” on February 17th and 21st. The training course invited UN Volunteers working in different UN Agencies(FAO, WHO, UNDP, UN WOMEN, UNV, UN HABITAT, UNICEF) and specialists from partner volunteering involving organizations (VVIRC, SJ Vietnam, Live&Learn) to volunteer as lecturers. 50 senior university students from Hanoi flocked together to attend this unique course seeking to gain knowledge about volunteerism and to prepare themselves for the upcoming job hunt which they will start upon graduation. Alll program materials can be downloaded here.
The training course consisted of modules on Career Guidance, CV and Cover Letter writing, interview Skills, and Volunteering for Development. Each course was brought to life by real stories and experiences shared by development specialists who have fought through the competitive job market throughout their career. Many questions were raised by the students to the experts not only to gain employment skills but also to consult their concerns regarding their big transit of being a student and starting their career.

The course madeitself very innovative as it showcases the strong commitment and effort of volunteers from different organizations. Volunteers shared their knowledge and experience to realize this program from the planning to the implementation. Patricia English, head of UNV Viet Nam commented that it was “truly inspiring to see the commitment of volunteers to sharing their time and skills as well as to see the enthusiasm of the students to learn about how they too could share their knowledge as volunteers for development “.

International UN Youth Volunteer Takahiro Ogawa, who is currently enrolled in the final year of university, was responsible of the preparation and implementation of the whole program. Takahiro said “The program could not have happened without the help of other volunteers. UN Volunteers and partners used their free time to contribute in all aspects with their specialties. I was amazed by their skill sets and their professional commitment to help the students”. Takahiro also added “The students’ active participation made the organizers very happy. Vietnamese students are enthusiastic about volunteering and learning new things”.

The outcome of the course was very successful, reflecting the needs of senior students very effectively. According to the survey conducted before the program among the students, 70% of the students stated that their university does not provide training course on employment and feel concerned for their job search. Upon the completion of the course, 97% of the students felt more prepared for graduation. A further 80% of the participants signed up for future volunteering activities at UNV Vietnam and all participants were more interested in the activities of UNV and the UN in Vietnam following the two day workshop.

There has been strong interest from universities and international organizations to collaborate for future training courses in Ha Noi after the program. UNV Vietnam wishes to continue this fruitful program as its mission states “Supporting global human development by promoting volunteerism and mobilizing volunteers”.
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