As promised and following up on my recent Intel post, here are a few words about Enclave Offshore Development Centers, a small forward-looking U.S. IT company in Danang. For some background information about Enclave, check out this 2008 article entitled Da Nang’s transformation into Vietnam’s ‘next place’.”
While Enclave obviously doesn’t have the resources Intel has, it does have leadership with vision, energy and extensive knowledge of Vietnam. It is finding other cutting-edge ways of addressing some of the shortcomings of Vietnam’s higher education system, including a 12-week “boot camp” for new engineering graduates that transforms them into production engineers.
In order to be employed at Enclave, candidates must: have a 4-5 year degree in computer science from an accredited university, pass a professional engineering examination, demonstrate indicators of success, pass two interview panels and pass Enclave’s engineering boot camp.
The Enclave Boot Camp encompasses the following, excerpted from the company’s website:
- Capability and capacity
- Knowledge/skills sets
- Professional process
- Discipline and teamwork
- Delivery skills
- Professional communication
- Secondary language
- Efficiency gains
- Results and progress
- Professional diligence
- Mission mindset
- Project practicum
- Real life projects with all the challenges and headaches: deadlines, change requests, catch-22s, and ambiguous instructions. Interruptions, reassignments.
- Boot camp is a rude awakening for most new engineering graduates. School is over. Now it’s time to work.
- It is stressful, overwhelming, and challenging. Individuals must successfully adapt to working in teams and roles.
- Those unsuited quickly drop out. What remains are dedicated, capable engineers with pride and professionalism in their work and their team.
- Boot camp boosts efficiency.
In addition to this innovative approach to bringing new employees up to speed on multiple levels, Le H. Hung, the CEO of Enclave, is active in higher education in the region, including as an instructor. This is a wise investment of time and talent that will pay off in spades for Enclave and other IT companies.