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  • Topic of this Week: "CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability? (October 17, 2021)"

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    CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability?
    (the topic was once discussed on SEPTEMBER 22, 2016)

    Making a career choice is more than just landing a job. It is a decision that has a huge impact on our lifestyle and the way we achieve our lifetime goals. But how can we decide on a career path when our academic performance suggests an option but we desire otherwise?
    Imagine you make it through four years of college and get your degree; you graduate and get a job in a related field. But years later, you realize it was actually a mistake. What you are doing is not what you actually want to do. You feel bad having to get up each day and go to a job you do not like.
    That scenario is not rare. For many people, it may take years or more to find out what they are good at, and sometimes, their skills and abilities may not equal their interests and passions. That is one reason why many college students change their major halfway through college, and many never do the jobs related to their majors after graduation.
    The fact is that you cannot be successful at something you are not interested in, but if you have no special skill in something you are passionate about, you can be discouraged; your passion can be drained, and it can be another dilemma.
     
    QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
    1. Are you doing what you love for a living?
    2. Why do people sometimes do the jobs they hate?
    3. How do we know if a job is our true calling?
    3. What should we do to make a smart career choice?
    Topic maker: Giang Hải Đăng
     

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    Disability is not inability (October 3, 2021)

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    (The topic was once disscussed on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2016)

    There are no concrete statistics on how many people with disabilities (PWD) live in Vietnam. According to the 2009 census, more than 6 million people over the age of 5, or 7.8 per cent of the population, have a physical disability. However, in 2010 the World Health Organization put the number at 15.3 per cent, a figure the government disputes. It is important to point out that these figures do not only count people with mobility disabilities but also the blind, deaf, mute and disfigured. Though there is little agreement on how many disabled live in Vietnam, one indisputable fact is that this group is at a huge disadvantage compared to the non-disabled. Data from the United Nations Population Fund shows that the literacy rate for disabled adults is 76.3 per cent, compared to 95.2 per cent for non-disabled counterparts. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 14 per cent, while that figure is only 4.3 per cent for the overall working population.
    Disabled people who can work and want to work also face myriad barriers, either practical obstacles or negative attitudes from employers and coworkers, which prevents them from participating in social life and developing their skills and experience. Given that, many disabled people have proved they are able to work and can contribute significantly to society. Let us think of Nick Vujicic-the internationally renowned motivational speaker or Nguyen Cong Hung-‘Information Knight”, who ran a company to offer free training in IT and English to people with disabilities. These people have proved “Disability is not Inability”. With a bit of empowerment and acceptance, they can perform as well, if not better than any other person.
    It is time to develop a serious understanding of members of the disability community, open up opportunities for them to join in all activities and provide the support that they need to fulfil their potential.
     
    Questions for discussion:
    1. What was your feeling when you first met people with disabilities (PWD)?
    2. What are the challenges facing people with disabilities?
    3. Have you ever taken part in an activity that helps disabled people? Can you share your experience?
    4. In your opinion, what is the most important factor to help people with disabilities integrate into society?
    5. What would you suggest to make disabled people’s lives better?
    Topic maker: Nghiem Dinh Dat

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