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Think like an entrepreneur, and you'll become successful

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Do people work for the job itself or for the salary? And when are they able to become successful?

Ly Den, a private company employee, does not use his skills and talent at work but just works for the salary.

Similarly, Nong Ratha, a civil servant, says that she cannot survive with one job and that to build professional connections in the future she thinks it's necessary to have at least two jobs.

''I am still looking for other part time or occasional positions,” she said. 

Kim Heat Sereyvuth, a private independent entrepreneur at the Mind Set development of entrepreneurship show of Women Media’s center of Cambodia, said that he is running a couple of business but he finds it difficult to find the right employees because some people do not care about the job but only about the salary.  

After working in human development for almost 12 years, and being a successful entrepreneur, Khim Sok Heng explains that according to his research and experience, to get success, people need to have a specific goal and try their best on what they are doing.

Khim Sok Heng confirms that, in the case of Ly Den, it is hard for him to achieve his goals since he is not just working for an income, he is selling a service to acquire skills, build trust and expand his professional network, a benefit for career prospects.

Heng Sour, director General of Administration and Finance, Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training explains that there are many different types of jobs for young people. 

But statistics show that the unemployment rate of young people in the capital is higher than the average of the unemployment rate in the whole country. The skills this generation is learning in universities mismatch the job market’s needs.

“Some youngesters lack confidence and flexibility in the working environment. Therefore, they should focus more on soft skill, develop problem-solving as well as presentation and teamwork abilities and better understand of human behaviors.”

Sok Heng adds that “to make it easy, I divided workers in 3 different categories. The 1st one is for people who partially work for the salary, meaning they would put more efforts into their job if their boss would pay them more money. The 2nd category is for the people who only work for their salary. The 3rd category is for those people who work with passion and heart. The last category is made not by employees but by entrepreneurs.''

Pen Bopha, a managing “OPERACY course” trainer at hedc International, a famous human resource development training organization, works for her future and to achieve her goals, more than for the salary.

Khim Sok Heng says that “I would recommend any of our young people to be entrepreneurs. Even if they don't have, now, enough capital to run a business, hard work, responsibility and good public relations are essential to run a successful business in the future.”

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