Choosing a job is like mirroring your needs, strengths, aptitude, interest and capability against job requirement to see whether you suit the job or not. Choosing a job is extremely important thing that requires deliberation. If your selection is right, you will feel happy, joyful, engrossed in working consequently productivity will increase, in contrast, incorrect selection of occupation may lead to depression, boredom, low productivity, cultivate a desire for job change, or even quitting job that can cause large damage to family and society.
So how to choose a right occupation, especially when the number of occupation is so varied and changing constantly and is so complex that poses many challenges to the youth in choosing occupation. Meanwhile, the industrialization, modernization and international integration requires laborers to be highly skilled, the workers with basic knowledge, basic techniques, professional techniques and good skills are needed everywhere.
In recent days, public attention is drawn to high school graduation examination and university, college entrance, there are many news of the examination, joy, sadness and worry is expressed on the face of many students. At the doorstep of new chapter in life, initial decisions are woven by contradictions: contradiction between personal desire of occupation and social needs (employment after graduation), and with common psychology of student and parents that university is the only pathway for career advancement, between souring dream and actual life…
Young people have beautiful dreams and big ambitions, their desire for wanting to get into university is rational, however you need to understand that university is not the only door, not the only pathway that can lead you into life, it is important to realize that learning and practicing process during your whole life will yield you success. You should take a look at nation and world history to see that there are many successful people who started with vocational training, notably our Uncle Ton who undertook vocational training at Saigon technical school and became national president or the designer of first spacecraft – Academician C.P. Côpôliốp, Hero of Labour I.U.A. Gagarin (former Soviet Union) started off by undertaking vocational training … To date, many countries in the world still highly regard young people who have vocational skill regardless of occupation, as long as the occupation is beneficial to the society and helps them to have a career. In recent days, 43rd WorldSkill competition was held in São Paulo, Brazil, contestant Nguyen Duy Thanh has won a bronze medal in software solution – Information technology and the best national contestant who won the prize “Best of nation” with representatives of 59 countries. This is the first time Vietnam won a medal at WorldSkill competition. Apart from bronze medal of Nguyen Duy Thanh, Vietnam delegation attained 8 Vocational Skill Certificate of Excellence in: Website design; Welding; CAD mechanic design (Brick laying; Milling; Plumbing, Mechatronics . Many pictures and information were uploaded onto websites in order to honor the value of Vocational skill, however only one picture and comment below on the expert and contestant in brick laying makes young people contemplate over the selection of occupation and vocational training in this period.
“These are experts and contestants in brick laying, they are very handsome, pretty, they love their job very much, this job is well-respected in developed countries” 
Apart from your habit, strength in the job, you need to grab the information of labor market, demand for labor in order to develop local, national economy and information of demand for labor in regional and international market (in the context of international integration, labor mobility between countries is very common, labor market is increasingly competitive).
In order to help you select appropriate occupation, following is some principles in choosing occupation:
When you face the decision of choosing an occupation, you should ask yourself 3 questions:
- Do you want to choose that occupation? (That occupation is your desire)
- Are you able to work in that occupation? (That occupation suits your strength)
- Is that occupation needed in the society (That occupation is needed in the society – one can seek employment after graduation)
One can not choose all occupations, but the most important thing is harmonizing 3 elements in which element of occupation necessity shall be prioritized.
After choosing right occupation, you should find information of training institutions and corresponding training level that you want. Information of enrollment for all level such as college, secondary, primary for different occupations can be found via enrollment website of General Directorate of Vocational Training at the address www.tuyensinh.tcdn.gov.vn and websites of those schools that you want to study.
During student recruitment season of 2015, in response to student’s concern in choosing occupation, schools and to parents’ worry of their children career, hopefully the information provided above can help students choose a right occupation. That is crucial factor to help you achieve academic goal: study for your career; continuous learning, lifetime learning for future success!
 Assoc. Prof. Đặng Danh Ánh: Vocational education in Vietnam, Vietnam Culture and Information Publishing House, 2000.
Vietnam won bronze medal at 43rd WorldSkill competition, São Paulo, Brazil –uploaded 17/8/2015 on Website: www.tcdn.gov.vn
 Assoc. Prof. Dương Đức Lân – General Directorate of Vocational Training, Head of Vietnam delegation at 43rd WorldSkill competition.
M.A. Trần Thị Thu Hà