Two RMIT Vietnam alumni successfully secured the MBA Talent scholarships through competitive and challenging rounds of the competition against 700 candidates.
Two RMIT Vietnam alumni are among 20 Vietnamese students who have won prestigious MBA Talent Scholarships valued at $15,000 each.
Phuc Nguyen Quang, awarded a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance), and Thien Dang, who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Management), have each won a full scholarship from the International School of Business of Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics and the University of Western Sydney.
The scholarship funds a 12-18 month program to provide fresh graduates (graduated no more than two years before) with international-standard knowledge and skills before entering the business world.
Phuc Nguyen Quang knew about the scholarship quite late but still focussed on the application, not wanting to lose an opportunity to broaden his knowledge and learn from the top companies.
"The MBA Talent scholarship program will split into two stages. Students are taught theoretical knowledge and apply it to analyse actual business situations in the first stage," Phuc said.
"During the second stage, we intern at a British multinational bank - Standard Chartered - as one of the sponsoring companies and learn from the daily business situations there."
To advance to the final round, candidates were invited to an admission interview after passing the graduate school's tests on English proficiency, logic, leadership skills, communication skills and teamwork.
"The crucial skills that helped me win the scholarship came not from my work experience but mostly from the extracurricular activities at RMIT Vietnam," Phuc said.
"Before that experience, I only engaged in tasks where success was guaranteed.
"Since the MBA Talent scholarship, I've realised failure is a lesson that further develops and prepares me for bigger challenges and success in the future."
Thien said: "Leadership experience, social work, volunteer engagement in several student clubs and committees at RMIT Vietnam as well as other creative arts awards and achievements helped me stand out in the competition."
The two alumni have started their challenging Masters programs with huge amounts of knowledge and demanding standards.
To be well-prepared for opportunities like MBA Talent scholarship both Thien and Phuc agree that besides GPA scores, students should focus on gaining practical and relevant experience and a variety of soft skills.
"A high GPA is a plus for your personal profile but not the determining factor. The companies are interested in your problem solving ability stemmed from your soft skills," Phuc said.
"My advice to students in not to waste your time at RMIT but actively engage in the extracurricular activities to explore and develop yourself to reach your full potential."
The scholarship program involved multinational corporations such as GroupM Media Company, Standard Chartered Bank, Unilever Vietnam, LG Vina and Nestle Vietnam in the selection and interview rounds of the application process.