[VEN] “TalentBiz – German Job Fair 2015” offers hundreds of job opportunities for Vietnamese students

Jointly organized by the German Business Association, the Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam, Alumniportal Deutschland, and Trained in Germany, the “TALENTBIZ – German Job Fair 2015” took place on October 24th. This was the first large-scale German Job Fair organized in Ho Chi Minh City with more than 30 prestigious brands participating such as Bosch, Siemens, etc. As one of many events during the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Germany, the Job Fair attracted more than 2,000 people attending (including students, and young professionals).

Joining in the Fair, companies offered about 500 employment opportunities for students and young professionals in Vietnam. Participants not only explored specific career opportunities with HR specialists representing German companies, but also learned about German education, German working styles, and got valuable sharing from successful German business leaders and alumni in Vietnam.

Mr. Jens Ruebbert, Chairman of the German Business Association shared his “belief in the growth of German businesses which will contribute to the economic development in Vietnam and create more job opportunities for young talents.”

German businesses find Vietnam a promising market with an ample and young labor force. Vietnam and German have established the Strategic Partnership relations since October 2011, focusing on energy, green growth, environmental protection, and vocational training. In this context, many programs to help Vietnamese labor improve their skills have been promoted to strengthen Vietnam industrial competitiveness, getting ready for new opportunities as the ASEAN Economic Community comes into being by the end of this year.

Results from an annual survey conducted by the German Business Association in the third quarter of 2015 showed that nearly 50% of German firm respondents had demand for interns from now to 2017. The survey also showed that German firms were in need of young, knowledgeable, and skillful working people whose background varied from vocational training certificates to bachelors, and engineering, etc. Approximately, 30% of German firm respondents have been cooperating with Vietnamese universities in terms of human resources, while nearly 60% of German companies said that they would cooperate with universities and colleges within the next three years. This is a positive signal, reflecting a reality that more and more German businesses invest in developing their labor pool in the country, and generating more opportunities for Vietnamese students and young talents to experience professional working environments.

As one of the largest employer in the German business community in Vietnam, Bosch participated and brought hundreds of job opportunities to Vietnamese young talents at German Job Fair 2015. This very first German job fair in Vietnam is a great platform for Bosch to interact directly with students and offer them a diverse range of career opportunities.

Mr. Vo Quang-Hue, Managing Director of Bosch Vietnam and Head of GBA Education Working Group, said: “This job fair well connected German firms and young professionals in Vietnam, offering German employers a good opportunity to interact with their prospect talents and enrich their human resource database. In the meantime, young talents could meet their future employers directly and build up useful relationship for their career development.”

“The formation of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by the end of this year will bring opportunities for both businesses and young professionals in Vietnam. The ASEAN common market will become a juncture of high-quality working people. Hence, Bosch has been actively and relentlessly contributing to the development of local talents”, Mr. Vo added.

Bosch, a leading global supplier of technologies and services, is one of the rare international companies which operates in three main areas in Vietnam including R&D, Manufacturing, and Sales. With its strong development and expansion, Bosch in Vietnam now has more than 280 job vacancies at its office, R&D centers in Ho Chi Minh City, and the CVT push-belt manufacturing plant in Dong Nai province. Students and young professionals with various backgrounds from Information technology, Engineering to Business management, and Social sciences can consult directly with Bosch recruitment specialists and find relevant job openings for them.

Not only catering students at the job fair, Bosch also showcases its automotive spare parts, power tools, security technologies, and especially its modular Mechatronics which can be beneficial for training at vocational schools, colleges and universities. A simulation of Bosch devices is conducted at the showroom during the Fair for participants to experience their utility, with instruction and explanation from Bosch technical experts.

Besides diverse activities for experience exchange, participants had a chance to challenge themselves with assessments at the Test center, learned how to write a professional resume, and gained practical tips for a successful job interview, etc. Many cultural exchange activities, culinary programs… also gave participants unique experiences of German spirit. TalentBiz – German Job Fair 2015 set the stage for many more beneficial activities, in order to connect the supply and demand of manpower from German firms and the labor force in Vietnam as well as fostering partnership between German businesses and educational institutions.