IAJN in The Daily NNA
[Translated from the Japanese article by The Daily NNA]
Experience in studying abroad opens the door to job opportunities in Asian market.
The Daily NNA August 15th 2017
Even if English learning centers appear in Vietnam one after another, the demand is high because mastery of English works advantageously for employment. In addition to foreign-affiliated companies with high salary levels, there is also a need for human resources for local companies that increase transactions with foreign companies, and there is a shortage of English speaking human resources such as IT industry. Meanwhile, a venture company that provides services to connect enterprises with experienced students in English-speaking countries that is on an increasing trend was established in Vietnam. English human resources are not limited to Vietnam but are helping to broaden the range of work throughout Asia.
In Vietnam, the acceptance of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has exceeded US $ 20 billion (about 2,200 billion yen) for four consecutive years, and the number of foreign enterprises is increasing. According to Navigos Group managing the largest recruitment site in Vietnam, under en-japan inc, " 91% of employers identify English is imperative requirement in business communication" and "candidates who own English skill have more jobs opportunities at foreigner or global companies thus its salary range also higher around 30%”.
While English language education services are expanding in Vietnam, English speaking human resources are lacking depending on the industry. According to the person in charge of Navigos, it is particularly serious in the IT industry. Almost of foreigners and global companies require candidate who has English skill at least intermediate level for fresh graduate and 1 -2 years experiences, and requires above IELTS 6.5 for middle and senior manager level.
Furthermore, with the increase of foreign-affiliated companies, local companies are also increasingly engaged in transactions with foreign companies, so both local and foreign capitals are seeking English speakers. There are many local corporations even hire the English teacher who are native English speakers to train their employees after working time, offer allowance for joining English course, require them to get professional English certificates.
A person in charge of Navigos said, " Since the economic integration increase rapid, Vietnamese labor has been acknowledged about the advantage of English skills. It can be seen obvious as the young generation is invested in learning English from an early age, 39% junior school in Ho Chi Minh City applies Cambridge English training for its education program”.
The number of Vietnamese who study in the United States has been increasing. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, the number is 30,300 in 2017 May, increased by 70% from 17,800 in 2011. Even by country, it has emerged from 8th place to 5th place.
■New business targeted for International alumni
Under these circumstances, IAJN (International Alumni Job Network), a personnel introduction platform specializing in those who have studied in the English-speaking countries such as United States, the UK (including Europe), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc, started in Vietnam in 2016
IAJN is a platform where People who have studied those countries can register for the platform. Personnel registration is free, and the recruitment of companies will be charged.
Mr. Shane Dillon, a founder of IAJN said that he worked in Vietnam for around 10 years before establishing IAJN. Besides Vietnam, IAJN currently has an office in Hong Kong, and there are more than 100,000 registrants in service in 20 countries and regions. There are 5,000 to 10,000 new registrants monthly. The countries with many registrants are Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Hong Kong.
The platform of IAJN is a system to search for cities and job types that you would like to find a job. Companies to be posted on IAJN are mainly focused on foreign capital and local leaders seeking English talent. IAJN can publish recruitment information in multiple countries / areas from a single company by platforming the recruitment site, allowing users to easily find job offers beyond the country.
For example, global companies operating in the Southeast Asian region such as Intel and Uber Technologies may issue job offers in various countries through regional headquarters. They are also approaching these regional headquarters. Mr. Dillon says students who want to work for foreign companies wish to following conditions; prefer management style of foreign-affiliated companies, high salary, opportunities to work overseas and so on.
■Business model is developing with expanding network
IAJN will hold a job fair with US companies in Vietnam at the end of August. It will be co-hosted with the network "Education USA" which was supported by U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In addition, IAIN has started collaboration with the research company Nielsen. The company is working on projects to examine the evaluation and the like of the studying abroad through IAJN network. By increasing the number of IAJN registrants, they are developing businesses that are not limited to recruitment.
Mr. Dillon says, "In the short term we aim to expand the network and in the long term we want to extend this business model not only to Asia but also to the world."