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.

The birthday in 2016


How time flies! 38 springs passed rapidly, the face appears considerable wrinkles, the appearance has such ravages making difficulty in recognition, that many people said I must be in the forties.

There is one of my happiness in the past year, that I met many classmates studied in secondary school who I had not seen for the last 23 years. Moreover, there are some other friends and brothers who I used to have very close relationships and had not seen them until this year. This is such the year of reunions.

Beside of reunion pleasure, there are some great losses in the last year. Some beloved relatives will never be seen again due to the time rule. This is the year that I was most clearly aware of the rule and value of time. I recognize that lives run very quickly, so people never live urgently but should be “hurry up” as the respectful poet Xuân Diệu’s opinion – enjoy every single second of the life.

Last year, I approached knowledge of relinquishment, what are dispassionateness and contentment. I met someone that I had thought they only exist in Budha books that spending all their lives to do precious work freely for others, not the same many people just give for marketing and reputation enhancement purposes. I realized that I am dishonorable comparing with them, always calculating and scrambling for the better life.

Following with the struggle for better material life, I also experienced difficulties in doing extra work, in efforts of striving for money regardless of health and myself. I learned that the foremost matter which I need to care for is my health, not money.  The most important and invaluable things which I have are my life, my loved ones, the happiness of my family.

Lives are experiences, in the next year and also my future, I will try and experience more. However, not as same as before, all of them will be heading for personal improvement and sustainability of my family, balance life and contribution to the society.

The new year and spring are coming soon, accompany with this post is my thank to the people who have cared and supported me. Wish all of you have a year of good health, happiness, and prosperity!