Under the impact of globalization and with the adoption of an open door policy in 1986, the Vietnamese economy has developed quite impressively. Vietnamese higher education has also developed quickly to meet the manpower needs of industry. However, university graduates do not seem to satisfy the industry especially when many graduates have still been struggling to enter the labor market, many end up unemployed or underemployed, while employers still complain about their difficulties in finding graduates with the required knowledge and skills. This paper attempts to explore the perception of graduate employability among students and recent graduates in the Vietnamese higher education system. By conducting qualitative research inviting the voices of both university students and recent graduates, this article aims to investigate the main reasons which hinder the efforts of university graduates to make a smooth transition into the workplace. The role of universities, thus, is hopefully identified to bring adequate support and guidance for students to face one of the most challenging transitions in students’ lives.
|Keywords:||Graduate Employability, Higher Education, Industry, Vietnam|
Student, Faculty of Education - La Trobe University, University of Languages and International Studies - VNU, La Trobe University; Vietnam National University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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