AMCHAM Fedex Ca­reer Camp

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - American Chamber Of Commerce In Thailand And Found -

AMCHAM re­cently hosted grad­u­at­ing schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents for a four- day camp de­signed to pro­vide stu­dents with valu­able skills and help them get the best out of their schol­ar­ships and their connection to AMCHAM.

From Oc­to­ber 30 to Novem­ber 2, around 55 grad­u­at­ing schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents gath­ered for the an­nual Ca­reer Camp spon­sored by Fedex, where busi­ness lead­ers and hu­man re­sources ex­perts shared ex­pe­ri­ences about their first job and of­fered ca­reer ad­vice to the stu­dents com­ing from 20 uni­ver­si­ties na­tion­wide.

The Ca­reer Camp fea­tured many prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties to help stu­dents tran­si­tion from the world of univer­sity lec­tures and tu­to­ri­als to cor­po­rate work­ing life. Work­shops cov­ered top­ics such as pre­par­ing re­sumes, pro­fes­sional com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and in­ter­view skills. They also learned some life skills in a ba­sic per­sonal fi­nance ses­sion.

The stu­dents were given a unique op­por­tu­nity of vis­it­ing Amer­i­can com­pa­nies in Bangkok in­clud­ing Sea­gate, Citibank, Con- rad Bangkok, as well as Amer­i­can School of Bangkok and NIST In­ter­na­tional School, where they met busi­ness and ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als who shared their ca­reer ex­pe­ri­ences and ad­vice.

Other high­lights in­cluded a ca­reer night panel dis­cus­sion and mock in­ter­views with HR pro­fes­sion­als.

“I en­joyed ev­ery minute of the Ca­reer Camp, es­pe­cially the prac­tice in­ter­views and the ca­reer night with a panel of young ex­ec­u­tives. They in­spired us with their sto­ries, sup­port and ad­vice,” said Peer­anut Changth­ongkhruea from Prince of Songkla Univer­sity in Hat Yai Cam­pus.

Panida Thong­sui from Chiang Mai Univer­sity said, “Com­ing from a smaller, qui­eter city, it was very ex­cit­ing to visit top com­pa­nies and meet se­nior man­agers and ex­ec­u­tives. I have also made new friends from all parts of the coun­try and look for­ward to more get- to­geth­ers in the fu­ture.”

This ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram is de­signed to en­cour­age a new gen­er­a­tion of busi­ness lead­ers and en­trepreneurs from all parts of Thai­land. The pro­gram has been run­ning since 1976, and has been sup­ported by Fedex since 2010.

The stu­dents re­ceived their schol­ar­ships from the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce in Thai­land Foundation’s ( ATF) Stu­dent Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram. Each year, the ATF awards schol­ar­ships to Thai stu­dents who demon­strate aca­demic ex­cel­lence and fi­nan­cial need. In 2016, ATF pro­vided 200 schol­ar­ships.

Sup­port for this pro­gram comes from AMCHAM’S so­cial events and fundrais­ers in­clud­ing the Gover­nors Ball silent auc­tion, bowling and golf tour­na­ments, and the In­de­pen­dence Day Pic­nic.

We are al­ways look­ing to ex­pand the pro­gram though, so if you would like to sup­port a stu­dent un­der this pro­gram, donations of Baht 35,000, cov­er­ing one year tu­ition and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Ori­en­ta­tion and Ca­reer Camps, can be made to Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce in Thai­land Foundation. Donations are tax de­ductible un­der Thai­land’s Rev­enue Code.

Ca­reer Camp stu­dents with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Fexex and AMCHAM

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