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Career planning needs time and serious preparation as there are many important things to consider. How do you plan your career? What do you want to achieve in the next three, five or ten years? Talk to’s Advisor, Mr. Chris Harvey – CEO of VietnamWorks and Navigos Seach to get best tips for career planning.


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Chris Harvey

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The discussion is open from 15-12-2011 to 19-01-2012

The advisor answered on 16-01-2012

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Tam Tran's picture
1327725186 | Career Guide

How we know that we chose right career ?

  • Danh Nguyen Thanh's picture
    Danh Nguyen Thanh

    choose career goals -> difficult to identify ->-oriented direction -> fill power -> determination to win -> keep going until the end

  • Danh Nguyen Thanh's picture
    Danh Nguyen Thanh

    Plan career affectively

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    Chris Harvey

    There is no “one right career.” There are many careers that will fit each person.

    If you’re excited to go to work in the morning most days, I’d say you are in the "right" career. If you wake up each day wishing it were the weekend, I'd say you are in the "wrong" career. To be successful and happy you should like your work most of the time.

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Rosie Vu's picture
1328115459 | Career Guide

Which path to go?

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    Rosie Vu

    Um, I think I will take time to read the rest of Mr. Chris's answers on Anphabe before writing for him (I read few but not yet finished the whole entire, also some articles on 'the blog')...:)

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    Rosie Vu

    Dear Mrs. Tam,

    Firstly, thank you so much for valuable information and advice. I am happy that my dream reminds you of something when you were about my age. That's an interesting experience, I guess.:)

    Well, when I read your advice, I immediately remembered an article that I read on Linkedin the other day, which says PR pro ranks 2nd as most stressful jobs, according to a study in America, in 2011 ( sorry because I don't remember exactly who studied this). And I was like: "Well.. I hope it isn't true for a PR-in-house position in a hotel".:)

    Anyways, I am grateful that somehow, I got some extreme valuable pieces of advice and answers for my questions, which I am happy that I asked.:) I will notice about what you said that "many complex issues involved various customers would cause you very pressured". I will prepare myself for that, and of course, take further than second thought on every decision that I will ever make in the future (including examining few different advices jusk like now). By the way, since all of you told me the same thing about work & travel program, perhaps I know what to do next.:)

    I probably will stop right here and continue to respond to Mr.Chris Harvey, what I should have done sooner. Lastly, I hope to get continuous sharing, advice and support from you all. I highly appreciate your spending so much time helping me. Wish you all the best!


  • Tâm Duyên's picture
    Tâm Duyên

    Hi Rosie,

    I think I can see your your dream as it was mine 20 yrs ago.
    I fully agree with what Chris & Phat Minh suggested to you. There are many opportunites in the hotel industry for working & studying if you determined to commit yourself. From my knowledge & experience in this field, it's so interesting in Hospitality Management study, but working in it could be a challenge. It requires your attitude,behaviour and appearance must be in professional manner all times. Beside that, many complex issues involved various customers would cause you very pressured.
    I saw the ads of "work & travel in US" program from local newspapers in Australia over 10 yrs ago and now it's going to VN. My question is "Why it looks for people in other countries for this program ?
    So, I suggest you find out all related information before making decision and think carefully, rationally with your actions plan. Good luck

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Tien Le Duy's picture
1327725229 | Career Guide


How to identify exactly one's strengths and passion in business?

  • Danh Nguyen Thanh's picture
    Danh Nguyen Thanh

    choose career goals -> difficult to identify ->-oriented direction -> fill power -> determination to win -> keep going until the end

  • Chris Harvey's picture
    Chris Harvey

    Another person asked me how to find their passion. Click this link to read my answer:

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    Chris Harvey

    To be successful you must be passionate in an area. It also helps a great deal if you have a strength in that area as well. I might be very passionate about painting, but if I have zero skill at painting then I’m better off choosing a job that taps a different passion (or passions).

    One of the best ways to know what you're good at is to ask others who have worked with you. Tell them that you’re trying to understand yourself better. What do they think your strengths are? If you want a full assessment, you might also ask them where you’re weak.

    Having a clear idea of your passions as well as your strength and weak areas will help you to choose the best path for you.

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Personal Development

Now,I'm consider to my personal development but i really confusing that what can i doing or what can i learning?Now,I am working in the hospitality industry and it is also my passion.but recently,i thought i need to change something news or keep going which what i did?

  • Nguyễn Hoàng Vân's picture
    Nguyễn Hoàng Vân

    Thank you all very much,Like Chris said we all get bored when we don't learn and grow.Therefore,I talk to my boss that i would like taking more responsibilities like becoming Training Coordinator and that is a new responsibilities in 2012.

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    Tâm Duyên

    I also think like Chris that you're becoming boring in your job as you're doing it everyday the same for 6 years. It's natural for people when wishing something they feel very excited and then, when getting them already they would feel boring. In contrary, it's so dangerous if you don't know what you desire and live without goals.
    Therefore, ask yourself and write down what you really want for personal development - what for ? Any weaknesses & strenghts you have ? How & what you want to improve or develop them ?.... When having a list of those things, I believe you would know what to do next......

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    Chris Harvey

    I'm confused by your question. I think you mean that you are becoming bored in your job.

    We all get bored when we don't learn or grow. Take more responsibility by looking for things around you that need to be done. Then just do them. Or if you're not sure what to do, tell your boss that you're ready for new responsibilities.

    Also, read books! Some of the best books about personal improvement and success are written by Brian Tracy. Two of my favorites are "Goals!" and "Eat That Frog."

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1328181673 | Career Guide


What if I do plan career in proper way, but I can not find the right working environment in that firm and quit the job. So what will I do?

  • BI Bi JAYTON's picture

    Hi Mr. Harvey, thanks for your valuable feedback.

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    Chris Harvey

    You quit your job? No problem!

    Like my father used to say, there are many fish in the sea. There are many jobs and many companies that will be suitable for you. Find another job!

Hien Tran's picture
1326385465 | Career Guide

what are the important things to consider to do career planning?

  • Hien Tran's picture
    Hien Tran

    Dear Chris,

    I am really grateful for receiving your valuable advises on my question. It helps me to fulfill objectives which I am maybe missing during doing my career planning for the new year and years onwards.

    Hopefully to continue receiving your supporting and advise.
    Once again thank you so much and best regards

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    Chris Harvey

    The phrase "career planning" reminds me of something General Dwight D. Eisenhower said -- "Plans are worthless, but planning very valuable!"

    What Eisenhower meant was that even the best prepared plans cannot predict the future. Reality has a way of surprising us. But the act of planning, of thinking through what you want, is incredibly important. In my 20s I never in a million years planned to be CEO of a company in Vietnam. It just worked out that way.

    If you're deciding on a career for yourself, I suggest you start by looking inside yourself and at your history and seeing what excites you. We spend a lot of our time working. Life is very boring if you work at a job that you don't enjoy, or that doesn't stimulate you. So make some effort to discover what your passions are. (To so so, see my answer here:

    When you find what you enjoy, put your entire heart into it!

Working passion

How to discover passion from a candidate, oneself...?

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    Chris Harvey

    When I interview candidates I like to get a feeling for their passion. A great question for this is "What professional achievement are you most proud of?"

    The way a candidate answers will tell you a lot. Make sure they tell you a story about the achievement -- what was the situation, what did they do, what challenges did they face and what was the result?

    Watch the candidate's face carefully as they tell you the story. It should show emotion and passion. That's how you know the candidate is passionate about their work.

    A few years ago I was hiring an SEO manager. Our SEO manager is responsible for making sure VietnamWorks appears #1 on Google when you search "viec lam." The position required someone who enjoys solving technical problems and doing quantitative analysis. I wanted someone who was passionate about those things.

    One candidate, Binh, told me a story about how his parents had bought him a computer when he was in high school. He taught himself to program. One time he was up all night trying to make one of his programs work. He finally finished it at 4:30am.

    As he told me the story I watched his face carefully. I could see him re-living strong emotions he had when he made the program work. I thought "This guy LOVES to solve technical problems with computers!" I hired him. Today VietnamWorks is usually #1 on Google (it's a constant battle though!)

    Regarding how to find your own passion, the following is from my interview on "Toi va Vietnam" program (

    Chris: So the advice I have for young people is this. A lot of people
    say, “Follow my passion. Wow, that’s so big. Gosh, I don’t
    know how.” They think oh it’s this huge thing. No. You
    could have small passions, even small ones. A passion is
    something that when you do it, it gives you energy. You
    just enjoy doing it. Young people should look at what
    they’ve done, look at experiences they’ve had, in school,
    in other activities or clubs. What activities did they do
    that they just really loved to do? What was it?

    Let me tell you a little bit about how I discovered some of
    my passions. When I lived in Washington D.C. and I worked
    at AOL, I volunteered to teach English to immigrants and
    American citizenship. I did it once a week from 7:00 to
    9:00 at night. Often, at the end of the day, I had a long
    day, I’m tired. I want to go home. I really don’t feel like
    going to class. As soon as I got into that class, bing, I’m
    wide awake and I just had energy.

    Khanh: That’s natural. Something just natural, right?

    Chris: I discovered . . . I didn’t realize it at the time. I actually
    hired a career coach, who helped me realize it later, but I
    look back, and that was something that gave me energy. It
    told me I like to coach people and I like to teach people.
    My job now gives me the opportunity to coach and teach and
    share, and I really love doing that. So I encourage people,
    young people to think about what do you enjoy? Do you enjoy
    talking to people? Do you enjoy meeting others? Do you
    enjoy achieving things? Maybe you’d be good at sales. Do
    you like numbers? Do you just like how numbers fit
    together? Maybe you’d be good at accounting or finance.
    When I interview people, I always try to understand if they
    like the activity of their job. If they come in and they
    work on a spreadsheet all day, is it like a puzzle that
    they enjoy to do? So look for your little passions.
    Everybody has them. You don’t know until you try it, but
    think back to your experiences. Which experiences did you
    do, which activities did you do that gave you energy? Those
    are your passions.


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