It is not just the little ones, with their love of learning and inventive activities, who benefit from TK park. A youth development program called “TK Jang Kerd” (Rising Star) project provides opportunities for secondary and university students to develop their 21st Century skills and knowledge through practice.
We are now compiling the work of past participants trained in TK Jang Kerd’s six dream careers programs: i.e., writers (TK Young Writer), music (TK Band), graphic and multimedia (TK Graphic & Multimedia), filmmaker (TK Filmmaker), and marketer (TK Marketer).
We also launched “TK Jang Kerd Kla Fun” (Rising Star, Dare to Dream), an exhibition to showcase the projects andwork of these talented young people,along with other interesting activitieson Jan 31–Feb 1, 2015.
One of the highlights of that two-day eventwas a speech entitled “How to Succeed in Applying for a Job, and the Job Interview”, given by guest speaker Chanaporn Chanprateep, who has 18 years of experience in human resources in several big-name companies.
Ms. Chanaporn told her audience about five steps that HR people implement to help them recruit the right people:
Résumé screening— HR staff read résumés or CVs of applicants and group together the ones they find interesting before proceeding to the next step.
Skill tests— The applicant is required to do whatever tests are needed for their sought-after position and the company’s criteria.
Interview— This step is to judge the applicant’s attitude, vision and true personality. In case the company looks for a high-calibre candidate, HR department will proceed to step four.
Simulations— HR people give an applicant a case study or a problem that has occurred in the company for them to suggest a solution. They will be judged by their problem-solving ability. Selected people face one last step.
References— Confirming the information given by the applicants as true.
Ms. Chanaporn said a good résumé should not be more than two pages. A one-page résumé is good enough for those with less than 10 years of work experience. A résumé for people applying for jobs in the creative and design fields should convey their personality, style, and taste. This document is less important than a job interview which determines an applicant’s qualifications and skills more accurately.
Later,the young audience met with another three guest speakers — Teepagorn “Champ” Wuttipitayamongkol, a cartoonist, author and founder of exteen.com; Dr.Pop, author of the popular fantasy sci-fi novel The White Road; and Ma Ja, founder of Ma Ja Facebook page.
They discussed what web/content sells. Teepagorn said it depends on whetherreaders prefer personal accounts or particular subject matterfor which they can access a boundless mass of content on their digital mobile devices. He noted that content is vulgar or violent tends to receive much attention, but the “buzz”is short-lived.
Dr.Pop and Ma Ja urged young people to develop their search skills to access information they wish to write about, and develop their stories in that manner. If their content is well received by the public, they must try to keep up the quality of their work by asking themselves how they can maintain the momentum.
Dr.Pop urged youngsters to ask themselves every time before they post a message online if it will hurt anyone’s feelings or have any benefits for the people reading it. “Because the message you post will stay there forever,” he said.
Later at the TK Jang Kerd Kla Fun event, members of the TK Band and young musicians from the southern provinces showcased their own songs to entertain the participants.
The next session had three new wave filmmakers talk on the topic of “What Do New Generation Filmmakers Face in Real Life?”. They were Nawapol “Ter” Thamrongrattanarit, Wanwaew Hongwiwat and Thai Praditkaesorn.
The most popular question from the film enthusiasts concerned the amount of money needed to make a film. Ter said equipment is less expensive these days and there are many more media channels for them to disseminate their finished product without charge.
He stressed that filmmakers must know if the materials they have in hand can be turned into a story on screen and how, adding that there was no ready-made formula in filmmaking.
Wanwaew said filmmakers must prepare for harsh criticism on the Internet, while Thai urged them to find the right balance between art and business.
Ter noted that making a film is a time-consuming process and this means film crew members may not have any income for several months, and consequently must prepare for this. He warned young peoplenot to rush into the industry and that it was necessary to learn all aspects of filmmaking before they eventually take the step.
The event ended with veteran musician Su Boonliang and Pimjutha “Oom” Pongudomkij, a violinist from the youth orchestra Siam Sinfonietta inviting the participants to help them compose a song, creating a very entertaining moment in the TK park's Open Square. It was followed by a mini-concert by the TK Band and the young musicians from the South.