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Diversity valuable for alumnus’ career

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 15:11
Bachelor of Commerce alumna Nguyen Thuy Tinh Ca

RMIT Vietnam alumnus Nguyen Thuy Tinh Ca is being courted by many local and international companies to take on leadership roles.

What sets her profile apart is not a specific skill in a particular industry, but rather diverse experiences, leadership characteristics, strong networks and soft skills.

Tinh Ca started her career by taking on significant responsibilities as marketing and brand manager in a number of industries including luxury products, FMCG (fast moving consumer goods), beauty, liquor, and tourism.

The Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Project Management graduate explained that job recruitment today is different than from the past, and that a successful placement depends on how well the job fits with the candidate’s expertise.

“In the past, if recruiters looked at my CV they certainly would have refused to interview me because I’ve spent less than three years in each company,” Tinh Ca said.

“However, the world has changed; in addition to your academic qualifications, employers now want a person who possesses confidence, strong soft skills, independent thinking and a willingness to take on challenges.”

Tinh Ca shared how she has built her diverse and strong profile, starting with her experience working for Remy Cointreau Vietnam as the Brand Manager for alcoholic products.

“I understood that the company needed a person who could bring knowledge and experience from the luxury products sector rather than someone who could just drink,” Tinh Ca said.

“It took several months to persuade my boss and colleagues that my initiatives could contribute to the company’s success, and also to have those ideas backed up with real facts and figures.”

Currently serving as the Chief Representative Officer of Resorts World Sentosa in Vietnam, Tinh Ca’s duty is quite challenging, requiring her to master sales and marketing as well as her communications skills to develop the Vietnamese market.

“Communication is one of the challenges of working on a team of people with different perspectives and cultures, especially as we only communicate by email,” Tinh Ca said.

“However, you can get to know your own communications skills and then adjust them accordingly to get the message out effectively.”

Tinh Ca sees herself more as a coach than as a leader in the team.

“You must be a team player before you can be a team leader.”

Tinh Ca’s plan is to set up an edutainment company to enrich the learning of Vietnamese children.

Story: Thuy Le