Can university degrees assure getting jobs after graduation 


This year, two my cousins asked me for advice for retaking university entrance exam. One is going to graduate from college and one just finishes the first year. They suppose that they had mischosen subject which they are studying, and now want to redo the university learning process. They desire to get a university certificate to approach their desired career.

Linking their situations with experience of myself and others who I know, and also my knowledge, I support them to follow their passion. However, I also analyzed their prospects for restudying in universities, which force them to pay more thought and consideration for final decisions.


I just asked them some questions:

– Are you sure will get a job in the field after finishing the bachelor qualification of the subject?

– Do you think studying in universities is the unique way to get a job in the field?

– Is there anyone or do you have money that help you in recruitment in the future?

– Have you seen anyone who gets their good job without experiencing university courses?


And then they answered NO for all the questions except the fourth.


After that, I add more to my opinion that made them turn to confusion and thoughtful. That is:
I really support them to follow their passion, but they have to keep responsibility for their action by affording for it by themselves. It means they need to work to earn money or borrow it by themselves to afford tuition fee if they want to study again. Their family should not have to bear the burdens of their study more after caring their first choice.

That is what I talked to them for consultation for the matter. Since that they’ve never talked to me about this matter again. 

I think, they changed their intentions since visualizing how hard of earning money by themselves for studying and studying in universities in the same time is.


Not only these two cousins, one cousin of my wife changed his university course when he studying the third year in a university. He thought it will be hard for him to find a job after graduation from the first university. Now he is in the 5th year of the second course but regretting his changing decision. The reasons:

– It is still very hard for him to find a job after graduation from the second course. He supposes it may harder than previous subject.

– His friends graduated and had jobs to earn money already, but he still lives boringly in student life.


Another case is, one guy who is a closed-friend of my roommate in Saigon also shared the same thought when he was seeing his friends went to work while he was studying in the university. And now, as I know, he is still in unemployment after some years of graduation from the second course.


In the light of the mention above, I recognize some common reasons that make young people think of changing subjects in universities.

– Desire to get a job which requires professional training such as doctor, or getting positions in state owned organizations such as schools or some of the same.

– Desire of self-demonstration that they can do as well as other people who study in good universities which required high entrance exam scores.

– Lack of social knowledge so that they cannot find other ways to get a job except getting the bachelor degree.

– Fright of working. After experiencing internship periods and knowing hard scenarios of their major working lives, students may fear of work foreseeing difficulties that employees in probation periods have to face. Consequently, changing subject may help them avoid those difficulties by prolonging study period more. It is a good solution.

– A good excuse to avoid people recognize their weakness. Many students are very lazy, they spend much of time for playing or doing nothing. Their study just for passing exams. However, the life is not as easy as their supposition that bachelor cert can ensure for jobs. In fact, to get a job, students need to learn and practice many things besides of their subjects to compete one another in recruitment competition such as English, teamwork skill, and more of the same. Therefore, it is almost no hope for lazy students to get a good job after graduation without helping from authorities or money. As a consequence of seeing their grey scenarios, re-studying is a good excuse for them to hide weaknesses.


My point of view.

Nowadays, people do not have to possess professional certificates to get the desired jobs, except:

– Some really important and serious jobs for the society which require strict training such as doctor, lawyer.

– Jobs in state owned organizations.


Besides of mentions above, people can get other jobs without studying in universities by

– Taking training courses from experts or experienced people

– Self – studying and practicing


Although it is quite hard for people who do not have university certs in recruitment, many people, as I know, never care about certs if the candidates possess skillful abilities for the vacancies and always make effort to improve themselves. I am an example for this who worked a skilled job since the time I was studying in the university.



It is different from our parents’ era, recruitment and working have changed.

– Only state owned organizations or some important and serious jobs for the social as mentioned above are really require bachelor certificates. 

– Employers need skillful employees not the ones possess good profile.

– Self-study is a skill and ability that is really necessary for young generation now.

– Self-study is a skill and ability that is really necessary for the young generation now.

– People must not stop study at any time. Working environment also is a competition, ones will loose their jobs or higher position people’s reliance once other better ones appear.


Mediocrity vs Professional


One day, I had such a terrible play of table tennis that some members showed their unwillingness of playing with me and even some of them criticized my bad playing style and practice.

Although I was unhappy about my downward tendency and the club members’ behavior, I think I should accept the poor performance since being a professional in Pingpong is not my choice at present. It is ordinary that people never become excellent players without playing and practicing regularly, especially without obsession about it. Another thought comes to my mind that I shouldn’t be a mediocrity forever, I need to be an expert in at least one field.

To contemplate to my life, currently, English not Ping pong, is what I need to master in. It awards various meaningful factors to my life and my family. English is the subject that we teach to get income every day, our love and passion for studying and working, a valuable tool of broadening knowledge and skills, that I just name a few. Therefore, certainly, English is the field that I need to be a guru.

Linking back to the comments of the table tennis club’s members, that to play well, I have to be obsessive about it. Moreover, eager for learning also a characteristic needed for skill’s improvement. They told that I need to learn from other people’s performances and also have to research everything about it on the Internet. Not only play in the club, playing alone at home in front mirrors also required.  Thinking of them, I see those are all the things required for mastering any skill, not only Ping pong. Therefore, to become an English professional, I must devote all of my effort and time on studying English, dismiss everything not involves in it.

From now on, I will spend all of my time on working and studying English to approach my target – become an expert in English. I never accept to be a mediocrity forever. I think the first step is that I need to get 8.5 scores in Ielts, that I must concentrate on studying to get it in one and a half year more.

Even though there are many hurdles on the way to success, I will always remind me a motivational sentence:

"There is a will, there is a way"

“We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.”- Maya Angelou

The main roots of recidivism


This post is a practice of Ielts essay writing which I really like and think it is a very meaningful piece of writing since its practical aspect. Therefore, I think I should public it in my blog, that I hope it will benefit someone.


Many criminals reoffend after they have been punished.
Why do some people continue to commit crime after they have been punished, and what measures can be taken to tackle this problems?


Everyone desires to have a peaceful life with their family, however, many former inmates recidivate and relapse into the boring life requiring to struggle every moment to alive in prison. In this essay, I will identify reasons of reoffence and propose solutions for those.

First of all, the most prevalent difficulty for ex-prisoners reintegrate back into society is their jobs which are the most necessary living mean. Lacking social demanding jobs due to long imprisonment leads to ex-offenders’ unemployment which forces them to commit crimes again to get money for surviving. Secondly, a willingness of overcoming difficulties keeps a key role to determine if ex-prisoners re-break the law or not. After a period of staying behind the bars and with such the rapid change of our society, former inmates face many difficulties in their new lives such as finding jobs, how to make new good friends, and so on. Everything may easy and normal for us but not for them, which causes relapsing into criminal behavior of the ones who lack strong determination.

However, there are some solutions helping fresh releasing from the jail people integrate back into society, and as my supposition, the government keeps the key role of executing those. Firstly, instead of forcing prisoners to work hard to make money such as making bricks or exploiting stone, the government should train them skillful and their hometowns’ needed jobs such as construction, motorbike or car repair, haircut, and so on. Those are helpful for them to get a mean of living in our society. Secondly, not only working, in prisons, the government should run programs which encourage learning and improving human nature for prisoners. The programs may be setting up libraries, play performance, working and sporting competition. Those activities will help them widen knowledge, improve skills, love the life, and enforce their willingness to overcome difficulties which is the most important and essential merit when released.

In conclusion, don’t have practical jobs and fear of facing difficulties are the main problems that cause reoffence for inmates. Therefore, job training and difficulty struggling skill improvement programs are good solutions that need to apply for whom bearing detained punishments.

My view about courses of personal financial development and  skills improvements


Because of participation in some courses about how to improve skills, knowledge, and so on, together with discussing with students in the courses, I have learned somethings besides of the knowledge taught in the classes. For the reason that one friend recently sent me a course’s content and asked advice that should he take part in the class or not, I would share my practical knowledge and opinion about those learning programs to anyone reading this post.

Should people learn those kinds of courses? My answer is YES, but also NO 🙂 …!



– IT IS NEVER BE USELESS FOR LEARNING. No matter how much knowledge comprehended in the classes, our intelligence is improved. The information given there is what the lecturers had experienced, learned from books or other people. Without question, it will be useful no matter what situations.

– REALLY BENEFICIAL FOR IMMATURED PEOPLE. Besides the knowledge conveyed by lecturers, students also see and recognize tips and tricks of them and also learn from other older and more experienced classmates. Moreover, they can make more friends to exchange knowledge and experience, widen knowledge about the life, and others. I highly recommend young people who just get out of families’ protection and students to hunt and join those free courses (even though normally lecturers don’t target those people for their courses).

– FRIEND MAKING, NETWORKING. Every class has its classmates, most of them have the same interest, desires, knowledge, and want to get better as you. Is this really good to have such a helpful network like this!

– CREATE/GET MOTIVATION. Many lecturers apply NLP and some other skills of raising students’ emotion into the lectures. Therefore, they help students improve motivation, self-belief to set and pursue their objectives.

– RELAXATION, ENTERTAINMENT. In classes, nowadays, speakers often apply many energetic activities for all members doing together. Hence, students will have chances for dancing, raising hands to say “ME” forcefully, shouting, having pictures to up on facebook to show craziness or ego or relationship with some kind of people such as CEO or entrepreneur, and so on. Those activities help students feel relaxed and comfortable or more of the same when staying in the classes as well as show self-esteem with friend community in the virtual life.



– CLASS’ QUALITY MAY NOT AS GOOD AS IN ADVERTISEMENTS. These days, the demand for self-improvement, enrichment of Vietnamese people are very high, every family tries to have a trade, everybody struggles to sell something and more of the same (in my opinion, this demand is good). Grasping this high demand, many people enter into lecturer career. They open classes which have impressed keywords such as MILLIONAIRE, ENRICH, SUCCESS, FREEDOM, I just name a few. They advertise the courses by content with those keywords and also use words with emotional hypnotic manners which ignited rejoicements, exultation for many people. They believe that they have found a good teacher who can teach them to become rich after taking part in the courses and then, they REGISTER. Courses’ advertising contents often proclaim that you will get some things good like this or like that. However, when the courses finished, a speaker asserted 80-20 principle to confirm that not all students can succeed with his theories, they need to do this, do that, etceteras. I think students who learn to develop their personalities and enrichment must be the people who have strived will, desire of improving their business. Either they join the classes or not, surely, in 100 students will have some successful people and many failed ones in the future.

– NEGATIVE EFFECT FROM LECTURERS. In the eyes of many lecturers, only money exists in (maybe since they teach making money), and they may never care about their credit and business ethics. They always set targets for some amount of money for making effort in short and long terms and then struggle to reach them by every means. They also teach their students to do the same. In many courses, lying, over -exaggeration, and even selling low – quality products are common matters. Both lecturers and students only aim to GET MONEY and ignore other matters such as credits, business ethics, etcetera. Someone may not agree with me for this thought, however, with my living experience and reflection, getting money is not the matter of trying to get by any means. In many cases, the more people struggle to get money by every means regardless of other factors of life such as moral, health, and so on, the less money they get. Moreover, they may lose more money than they get in the future. For this matter, I will have a specific post about it later.

– LOOSING SOME AMOUNT OF MONEY VAINLY. Nowadays, many lecturers also are skillful sellers and marketers. In the classes, they also sell some things, introduce products and also take profits from more than one source. Using techniques, tricks, they introduce and sell many things more in the courses including other courses. The words often used are “love the students very much, all are for students’ success, and more of the same. But, essentially, they are striving to get as much money as possible from students. Illustration, in a course I took part in, the teacher consistently urged all the students to register for using a software with charging monthly service instead of a trial using in one month to know if it suitable or profitable then make decisions after that. The teacher said, “REGISTER IT, DON’T CARE OF THE VERY PIGLET” (which is the initial service fee). Yet, the lecturer was trying to get figure nails of many piglets which are the commission of students’ registration.

– THE COURSES MAY BE A TECHNIQUE TO LURE PEOPLE GATHER IN A PLACE FOR INTRODUCING SOMETHING FOR SALE. Many courses have very low tuition fee or even are free, and also have very attractive content in advertisements (those often be only 1 class in duration). However, essentially they just have poor content and mainly used for introducing and selling some things as real estates, software, services, or other courses, I just name a few. Paradoxically that as in my residential area that inhabitants often invited to gather in the community hall to receive gifts and then the organizers will introduce some things for sale. Nevertheless, many people pay money to gather in places for lecturers introduce things for sale. For example, a course which I took part in last year has about 5000 participators since it had an appearance of Robert Kiyosaki, but in fact, people went there just to see A FAIR OF ENRICHMENT COURSES (only introducing and selling courses), and Robert Kiyosaky’s appearance just last about 3 hours at the end of the 2 days course.

– LOSING BIG MONEY AMOUNT REGRET. Some friends told me about courses of a renowned and experienced speaker in real estate field. In the classes, the lecturer uses his own reputation, words, and actions which aim to raise students’ emotion and then SELL. One of my friend who had joined the class before shared with me that the speaker sells very well, he has sold many departments and real estate projects in his classes. She told in classes the teacher sold many disadvantage departments which have low benefit potential and even he can resell for someone who bought them via his channel before and get more commission. For herself, after learning a course of that teacher, she insisted her family members to buy a land in a tourism project without hearing any piece of advice from them. She only understood the trouble when a brother who is an expert in financial field explained to her about cash flow and how to utilize capital. She confided to me that she realized the mistake later and felt lucky that she hadn’t bought the land.

– UNSURE OF RICH BUT FINANCIAL EXHAUSTION. Many students of the classes are owners of shops or super small workshops, or just nurturing business ideas. In those stages, I think, capital is extremely essential. However, by looking for the way to get success, they registered classes which cost dozens of million and even more, then regret it later. I have a friend named Hiệp, joined a free class which set up with the main aim is introducing an enrichment course costing vnđ 70 million for Very Vip price (including some privileges that excluding for other prices). In the excited moment, he registered it and told me that he does not have enough money but will borrow to take part in the class. I also joined this course but with a normal price of vnđ 800 thousand, and in fact that course was also aimed to introduce other advanced training courses. I suppose it will be better to save 70 million for a small startup, especially when the owner has very limited budget.



– Don’t completely believe in courses’ advertisements, ask for information and experience about the courses from senior students.

– If be invited to use, buy extra products or courses in classes, you need to have careful consideration, a trial using, and some of the same,  before making decisions. Speakers always say that only on this special occasion has such a very cheap price or other same words, but don’t worry, that is only the words aimed to push buying action. In addition, they also use techniques to raise emotion to make easy for people taking money out from their wallets such as crazy dance, shout, etcetera, before sale. My experience, we shouldn’t make decisions in the classes even though we really want to do that. We should consider it at home when having more calm, and even ask for advice from family members or knowledgeable people. Remember that, the prices in classes are not cheaper than later, don’t be scared with the words speaker says, they just the way of urging you buy.

– Courses are same as books, you may get much beneficial knowledge but not assure you can apply them well. Thus, do not expect to be rich just only by taking part in the courses (but lose money for them is obvious).



Courses same as books, also contain contents. Their usefulness depends on knowledge, experience, abilities of perception and application of each individual.

If choosing for reading book, you only pay a small amount of book price but read alone. However, you may have to pay a high fee for taking part in a course (normally cost some millions or some dozens of million), but, in return, you study in an environment of active, fun, and friendly which helps you enrich your friend network. The matter of joining the classes or not should depend on your finance, knowledge you already possess, time, other purposes which besides of getting more knowledge, and so on.


I have no aim to comment on any course or lecturer. It just only for sharing my experience and point of view about pro and con for readers’ reference.