Over the past few months, the second year scholarship students have begun the process of finding employment. During their first two years of study, PEPY Empowering Youth fully supports all the students’ needs, but in years three and four, the students start to move into the world of work in order to support themselves as preparation for life beyond university; this also enables them to gain some work experience, ahead of their final transition into their chosen career field. This important part of the program introduces the students to the world of employment, and provides the opportunity for them to utilize the knowledge and skills developed in the Learning Center.
The students have spent time in the Learning Center compiling and refining their CVs and covering letters, whilst also researching and applying to job announcements. PEPY Empowering Youth staff have aided this process by addressing interview techniques with the students, as well as conducting mock interviews. The process has been very successful, currently 70% of the students hold roles in placements which they are enjoying, and many of them received multiple job offers from which they could choose. Some of the students have found this transition challenging for a variety of reasons, however, counseling sessions have been, and will continue to be, utilized to assist the students throughout the process. The students’ employment spans a vast array of roles and responsibilities.
Serey has been working at the Cambodian Cultural Village for three months, where her role is as an accountant.
Sitham is fulfilling his dream, by working as an electrician at a private company.
Sopheaktra has also gained a job at the Cambodian Cultural Village in a Customer Service role.
Sina, who is currently studying Accounting at the Vanda Institute, has recently started a job in Student Affairs at Future Bright International School.
Chek is putting his training as an electrician into practice in his role as an electrician at a private company.
Lek is currently working in an Accounts Receivable role at the Royal Empire Hotel.
Having recently graduated from Paul Dubrule, Ronouch is now working there as Director Clerk.
Ley, who is currently studying Agriculture at Build Bright University, is working as a Core Trainer at the People Center for Development and Peace.
This is an exciting period of transition for the second year students, and we look forward to supporting them in their professional development.
Read our other blog post to learn about more of the students’ employment.