How to assure a sustainable career development for the up-coming workforce of Generation Z?

Anh Nguyen Thi Phuong

What was my dream when I was little?

I grew up in a small city in Vietnam, on the difficult time when my country started its Revolution and actually we were still hungry to have big dream, but a good job and a better life for our family. I witnessed the hardness of my mother working all day to feed the family, which encouraged me to chase her dream, rather than my dream. I loved books, and dreamed of becoming a teacher, who can read a lot and sharing interesting findings with pupils. But a teacher did not earn well at that time, I chose to study foreign languages in the university to have better job working in international or big companies. The dream of my infancy is still alive, and maybe I’m a little late chasing it at my age now, it’s still so precious and happy for me to be here, starting my first steps to do research and become a professor in the future.

What am I doing when I am not working on my PhD?

When I am not working on my PhD, I will spend this free time jogging across the river banks near my home. I am also keen on cooking, especially Vietnamese foods and invite friends to enjoy them with me. And the most relax time for me is when I play with my son and chatting with my husband.

What is my PhD about?

People still work, but a number of macro – level forces such as globalized economy, dynamic technology and socio - cultural issues are impacting on the way our careers develop. Even though we have a better conceptualization of what are the characteristics of sustainable careers, we are still lack of further empirical researches to classify which indicator plays the key role in the sustainability of an individual in a specific period of time among the interaction with other contextual factors to study the overall sustainability of a specific subject’s career. Moreover, the lack of studies focuses on career development for the next Generation Z (Gen Z), who are making their first career – related decisions, generates a demanding task to fulfill. My PhD topic focuses on examining the role of individual career attitudes in developing a sustainable career for the Generation Z’s career starters.

Why is this important for practice?

This study would be likely the first research concerning the two most cutting – edge and important topics in global scholars, about sustainable career and Generation Z. By combining the two topics, there is an emergence of another question which earns so much attention from researchers: How to assure a sustainable career development for the up -coming workforce of Generation Z? Whilst most of studies tackling this question have been implemented in developed countries, in developing countries, such as Vietnam, where many people, especially the youth, are facing high rate of unemployment and unsustainable career, it is still in its infancy. At the same time, this study will contribute to verify and diversify existing theories in a very different and exclusive socioeconomic environment like Vietnam, a marvelously grown economy after its Revolution. Therefore, the research will help not only Vietnamese Gen Z to foster their sustainable career right from the beginning of working life, but also the global youth to attain a general formula for sustaining a career.

How do I like to be remembered after my PhD?

I want to be remembered as a dependable, enthusiastic, productive researcher and a helpful member in my group, who contributed high quality research and practical knowledge for business and society.

How do I see my future?

I will take the chances to make my change, and be ready to any challenges to improve myself and contribute my work for a better society.

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