According to RMIT Vietnam Master of International Business scholarship winner Nguyen Hoang Trinh, her learning and career pathways have been intertwined.
Instead of spending her gap year traveling, as many students do, Trinh spent two years working as a flight attendant in order to see the world while also saving money to study abroad.
“I passed the university entrance exam and had the opportunity to study business at a public institution.
“After one academic year, I was so lost,” Trinh acknowledged.
“People said that things would change when undertaking higher education, but to me, everything stayed the same – flooded by a huge amount of knowledge, every lesson learnt by heart without real understanding.”
The job offer from a carrier gave Trinh a chance to see the world from a different perspective, and inspired her to return to her studies but follow an alternative pathway.
Trinh won the Australia Endeavour Awards 2009 to study International Business Management and Accounting at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE for two years.
The following year, Trinh graduated from RMIT Vietnam’s Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) program with a GPA of 3.6/4.0.
Trinh sees herself as a determined woman.
“I am always committed to a philosophy of high performance in my work,” she notes.
“And this attitude has brought many phenomenal opportunities to my life including an Australian Government scholarship, a job opportunity with a multinational firm, and a business development career with Austrade.”
The Austrade Business Development Managerwas recently awarded RMIT Vietnam’s Master of International Business scholarship, which was established this year.
“This timely award has eased my thirst for knowledge in the international development field,” Trinh said.
Trinh believes that upon graduating she will have gained new skills and understanding in a number of areas.
“In particular, an understanding of the interlinkages between various business subjects, the capability for advanced analysis of economic and business environments, valuable comprehension of contemporary business issues, the ability to think globally and sustainably as well as to communicate effectively across cultures.”
Asked whether she wants to try working in countries across Asia after graduating, the young woman nodded her head without hesitation.
“Asia is a challenging and attractive market where I can dream big and do big based on what I am going to gain from this Masters program, thanks to this new scholarship.”