The launching of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 will create new job opportunities in the region; however, there will be far more competition for jobs in Thailand. Fortunately, being a Mahidol University student is a clear advantage, in addition to MUIC’s reputation for producing talented and socially-conscious graduates with excellent communication skills. Nevertheless, our graduates need to do their own part in shaping their potential prospects.
The MUIC Career Development Unit assists MUIC students in deciding on possible career paths by providing the tools and information required on the way to graduation and that first job. More specifically, the Unit offers (1) one-on-one advising, (2) employment and internship fairs, (3) programs and workshops designed to facilitate prospective careers, (4) mock interviews and (5) job postings through social media.
Essentially, however, career planning is all about our MUIC students and how they help themselves by investing the time and effort that is needed.
According to Socrates, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Every student is required to meet the demands of university life, not only in academics but also in the development of personal life skills. Your experiences at MUIC should enable you to explore what is important, particularly your strengths and weakneses. The ultimate challenge is to determine what is your goal in life and how it can best be realized in the career that you choose.
MUIC’s Career Development program offers you a variety of resources that will assist you in that journey. This web page provides you with practical and specific job opportunities which, hopefully, will clarify your options.
Most Thai students begin their career planning just before graduation or shortly after. Ideally any graduate should want two to three job offers from top international companies and organizations in the region but if they wait until the last term or after graduation, they may be forced to take any position that is offered.
Our advice: Plan to start your career search in your first year and not the last. We strongly recommend the following 4-step planning process.
Determining your interests, skills and values may take some effort but it is vitally important. You have already begun this process by selecting a major which, in turn, will influence your career path; however, there should be a good match with who you are and what you will be doing. Do you seek adventure or do you like predictability? Do you enjoy interacting with others or do you prefer getting the job done? Are you more analytical or more emotional?
Many of the questions you will encounter in an interview will deal with you as a person and how well you may fit in an organization. The recruiter will not only judge if you have the necessary expertise but also assess your personality traits and attitude as to whether you will enjoy working in that particular company.
Your college experience should be a time of change and growth. You are responsible for shaping who you will become. This process should require a self assessment of both your strengths and weaknesses in determining a career path.
Starting this process early will afford you the time to explore all of your options. While some students are certain about their future professions, others may not be.
MUIC’s focus on the liberal arts offers a wide range of disciplines and an opportunity to explore different interests. Some students have changed their majors after having taken a class that they really enjoyed. MUIC is one of the few Thai programs in which you can change your major after having started your studies. Another option is to select a minor which enables you to either specialize or broaden your expertise and skills.
Your exploration should also include the web resources available. The Career Development Unit will provide you with links to interesting websites. Do you want to travel as part of your future job? Look for an industry or a position in an organization that will allow such a possibility. Looking at starting salaries for different jobs may also be helpful in deciding your future career. Adecco published a Thai salary guide on its website for free (http://www.adecco.co.th).
Employers are seeking well-rounded individuals who can offer more than just an academic transcript. Students who participate in conferences and competitions and are actively involved in student clubs and the Student Association are at a clear advantage. Volunteering for community outreach projects is an additional asset. All of these activities demonstrate that you are motivated, responsible and dependable, traits that top organizations look for when hiring.
During this step of the process you need to organize your activities in writing and frame them in terms that demonstrate you have developed important life skills. We recommend that you attend one of our workshops in preparing your Curriculum Vitae (CV). You will have it on hand for applications to internships, summer employment or scholarships.
This is also the time to develop your interview skills. The Career Development Unit provides training workshops and the annual MUIC Job Fair allows you to engage in actual interviews. You may also have an opportunity to participate in international conference and exchange program that will require an application, a cover letter and an interview.
For those who are planning to pursue their graduate studies, this is the time to start looking at potential schools, particularly entry requirements, including exams. The best graduate schools in the world expect more than just an impressive transcript. They, too, are looking for outstanding students who have contributed to their communities and demonstrate leadership qualities.
At this stage you need to learn to market yourselves. To begin this process, you need to condense and consolidate your uniqueness, educational experience, past activities and skills by updating your CV.
If you begin early enough before graduation, you will have more opportunities to target top companies and international organizations and will be able to accept the best offer. The web is an important resource to easily target companies and learn about them.
In addition, the Career Development Unit has direct connections with a number of organizations through professional relationships and MUIC alumni. New job openings through our network are posted on this site, so bookmark it and visit it regularly. Remember to always check out an organization’s website in preparing for an interview.
Every student will need particular skills in order to search and apply for that first job. The Career Development Unit offers training and workshops that will help you better market yourselves in order to find the best opportunities and develop impressive interviewing skills.v
Make an appointment through the Career Development Unit in order to meet with one of the lecturers/counselors who can provide insight into your talents and skills as well as assist in directing you to a suitable career choice.
Because our career counselors are also lecturers in the majors you are taking, they can help you select the courses that will develop the necessary knowledge and skills necessary for your future employment.
Every year the Career Development Unit sets aside time for students to consider how their chosen majors will help them to achieve their proposed career paths. Speakers highlight the top jobs in the Thai and ASEAN markets while academic advisors are available to offer students assistance with their majors.
The MUIC Job Fair is conducted once a year, usually scheduled early in the second trimester, during which a wide range of companies and organizations throughout Thailand are represented. It offers the convenience of multiple recruiters in one place. Students have an opportunity to explore a variety of options, fill out application forms and engage in interviews.
A number of firms may be represented by MUIC alumni who can provide insight about working for a particular firm and about their own efforts in finding their first job.
The Job Fair is usually organized in conjunction with a Study Abroad Fair, conducted on the following day, so that MUIC students have an opportunity to explore options for graduate studies as well.
Since MUIC enjoys close ties with top international companies, professionals are invited to speak about their work experiences in a particular industry or profession. The speakers range from corporate presidents responsible for global enterprises to management trainees who have recently begun their first job.
The student audience is encouraged to participate. On several occasions a question or articulate response from a student to an executive or a human resource regional director of an international organization has led to that student being hired after graduation.
All prospective graduates are required to participate in the Final Touch Program, which primarily consists of an extended panel discussion with MUIC alumni, who may represent business, finance, the hotel or entertainment industries, education and non-governmental organizations. The discussion focuses not only on their work experiences but also on how they manage their lives in terms of family, friends, recreation and contributions to their respective communities.
At a special luncheon, the prospective graduates are also given tips on dining etiquette and other appropriate social behaviors.
The resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is a condensed version of one’s experience and interests and is a required document when applying for a job or graduate studies. Most recruiters use the resume as a screening process in order to reduce the pool of applicants who will eventually be interviewed.
In writing a resume, there is always the temptation to exaggerate one’s experiences. On the other hand, there may be the problem of minimizing one’s accomplishments even though they may well be considerable. The resume workshop addresses both of these issues, helping students to better market themselves and their skills to the point where their background is both believable and compelling.
Receiving an appointment for an interview is an accomplishment. It means that you have been chosen from that small, select group that a business is truly interested in hiring. However, an interview has its own demands. You will be required to do your research and know as much as possible about the organization beforehand. While you can mentally prepare yourselves to answer the most likely questions, the best alternative is to practice interviewing.
MUIC fourth-year students are invited to attend special sessions during which they practice the art of interviewing, make mistakes, receive feedback and then try again, ensuring in the long run that their improvement will be noticeable.
Career Development Unit
Alumni Affairs and Career Development Group
The Office of Student Affairs
Room 1100, 1st Floor, Building 1
Phone: +66 (0) 2700 5000 #1707
Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 5:00 pm