The Asia Foundation Releases 15 Career Introductory Videos to help Young Cambodians in Their Career Choices

There are various pivotal points in one’s life, and one of them comes when ascending to higher education and having to choose career paths that determine what you will be doing for the rest of your lives.

The rapid economic development of Cambodia in the recent years has created new careers and job opportunities that were never here before. However, a majority of Cambodian youths select their career paths based on incomplete information on careers, and have a tendency to make ill-informed choices or simply following what their friends choose to do.

To help students through these tough choices, The Asia Foundation (TAF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MOEYS) have released the Career Introductory Video (CIV) initiative to help provide basic information on career opportunities for youths in Cambodia.

A first of its kind, this initiative aims to kick-start a broader initiative for producing career information, in which universities and businesses take an active role in creating up-to-date, accurate and engaging online content.

As its name implies, this initiative engaged with 35 university students to film 15 CIVs with only their smartphones. Designed to be informative and easy to understand, the videos are all 3 minutes in length with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers.

Lim Siv Hong, Senior Programmer Officer, explained that MOEYS and TAF took this video approach as “video is a simple, easily replicable way to equip youth with necessary information to begin to think about and plan for their careers.”

To provide a basic understanding of various careers and to guide youths in setting their career goals, the videos cover what each career looks like, the market demand for the profession and what basic skills are required.

This initiative was launched on 25th May 2017 at the Pannasastra University of Cambodia (PUC), where all 15 teams of students were presented with a letter of appreciation. Students were from various universities and participated in this project on a voluntary basis, creating videos outside of their class time.

Through this initiative, they were given basic training on videography and photography and were under the mentorship of the CIV committee members to help improve their videos. Students also prepped their own scripts for the videos, and went out to interview professionals in various careers fields at hospitals, offices and even construction sites.

Although all 15 videos will be available online for the public to view, at the official launch, the best 3 selected by the committee were announced and played for the audience.

The winning teams were:

1st Place – Civil Engineering by students from PUC

2nd Place – HR Management by students from Norton University

3rd Place – Pharmacist by students from PUC

However, Mr Silas Everett, country representative for The Asia Foundation, stresses that nonetheless, all videos submitted were of great quality.

“All of the videos that we’ve received were of a significant quality to provide information that people need about careers. I just want to say that the videos don’t have to be the best. You don’t need a drone in order to make a video. Think about it in terms of simplicity and making it easy to make the videos so that others are encouraged to do it too.”

This initiative does not simply end at 15 videos, but rather, acts as the inspiration for others to produce more CIVs and calls upon private sector partners to come forward and inform young Cambodians on what careers there are in the growing market.

Mr Everett also notes that: “The videos here are focused on STEM and STEM is undoubtedly an important sector for education and for career development. But I would also like to say and encourage others to think about careers that are outside of Phnom Penh, that may be in provinces and may be a lot more localised… As we develop more videos, collectively, I would also like to encourage you to think about other types of careers other than those here in Phnom Penh.”

Geeks in Cambodia certainly feel that these CIVs would be great help for youths when deciding their career choices, and digitalizing them in videos make such information easy to access and understand.

To view all 15 videos, please visit Something cool about their website that we noted was the fact that the videos have been organised by skills such as ‘I’m good with people’ and ‘I’m hands on’, which is extremely helpful for youths in finding a career that aligns with their strengths.

You can also show support for this initiative by sharing the videos and tagging their Facebook page.