The inaugural Career Forum provided 300 students who study French in the Lycée de Vientiane, the Lycée Français International de Vientiane and the National University of Laos, with the opportunity to interact with business managers and professionals in Laos, participate in professionalization workshops, and visit company booths. The event focused on two key areas: meetings with professionals and professionalization and HR workshops.
The keynote speakers included the French Ambassador H.E. Mme Siv-Leng Chhuor, ECCIL Eurocham’s Executive Director Ms Thiane Khamvongsa, Director General of Banque Franco Lao Mr Stéphane Urbain, Directeur General of NTPC Mr. Marc-Antoine Rupp, Executive Director of EXO Travel Laos and Board Member of LNCCI Mrs Douangmala Phommavong.
The Career Forum aimed to provide students with the tools and resources needed to define their school and professional projects, learn about the various business and professional opportunities available to them, and gain valuable insights from experienced professionals. Presentations from professional were made all day, namely for the banking sector by the Banque Franco-Lao, for the renewable energy sector by the company Nam Theun 2 Power Company as well as for the scholarships program “Study in France, making a career in Laos”. Xlearn, an e-learning teaching project for digital marketing aimed for lao youth was also introduced, the Lao Consulting Group presented the journey of one of their lao civil engineer who went to study on scholarship in France and on the available jobs in a consulting company in the development sector. The company EXO Travel also presented the tourism sector on the main stage and the company 108. Job concluded by inviting all students to also join the future job fair which will take place in March 2023.
In the afternoon, two professionalization and Human Resources workshop were held by ECCIL EuroCham to provide practical training in French on topics such as creating a CV and preparing for a job interview.