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Phuong Nguyen: Prioritize quality over quantity in finding jobs

Phuong Nguyen started her marketing internship at EFLA Oy as a third-year International Business student in Häme University of Applied Sciences, and has been working there ever since. Currently she works as a Sales & Marketing Manager at EFLA Oy and is also pursuing her Master’s degree in People Management and Organizational Development at Aalto University School of Business.
School of Business student Phuong Nguyen
School of Business student Phuong Nguyen

Who are you?

My name is Phuong Nguyen, I’m currently pursuing my Master’s degree in People Management and Organizational Development at Aalto University School of Business. I’m also working as Sales & Marketing Manager at EFLA Oy, our company is specializing in Airfield Ground Lighting Connectivity. 

Where and when did you complete your internship? What in your opinion were the factors that helped you to get the internship? 

I started my internship back then in 2019 when I was at my third-year of Bachelor degree in International Business. I was looking for a place to complete my work training and thesis for the school, luckily, I found an open training position at EFLA where I did the internship for 3 months as a Marketing Trainee, and continued my journey with EFLA. 

That time, I had not got any actual work experience yet, but I had engaged in a variety of voluntary works and extra-curriculum activities since high school to enhance my skills, I also tried to explore myself more in graphic design, creating website, video editing in order to develop my competencies. 

From international students’ point of view: did your employer do something particularly well to get international student intern feel welcome?

Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally at EFLA, and I am truly grateful for this experience. As a company with products installed in major international airports, EFLA has provided me with a collaborative and supportive working environment. From the beginning, my colleagues have been incredibly helpful in guiding me through my work, and I have learned so much from working with customers from around the world.

Two skills were particularly important during my internship: to learn & adapt quickly to new tasks and communicate effectively with others.

School of Business student Phuong Nguyen

What were your tasks and in which team? What kind of skills you needed in your internship? What did you learn? 

During my internship, I worked in the Sales & Marketing team and was primarily responsible for digital marketing activities. My tasks included designing marketing materials for our products, optimizing our website for better user experience and search engine optimization (SEO), and coordinating with the team to implement marketing campaigns.

I found that two skills were particularly important for me during my internship. The first was the ability to actively learn and adapt quickly to new tasks and challenges. Back then, EFLA’s product was completely new to me that only by actively learning about the products, I can understand more about how to present the product effectively to audiences. 

The second critical skill was effective communication with others. As I needed to collaborate with colleagues from multiple teams including sales, technology, operation to ensure our product materials and website accurate and up to date. I believe it’s a lifelong journey to improve communication and my internship has provided a great environment for me to practice my skill.

What do you expect from the future / what hopes do you have for your future career after graduation?

I hope to continue learning and growing in my field by applying the knowledge and skills I gain during my studies at Aalto University. I am excited about the possibilities that the future holds for me and look forward to using my education, skills, and experience to make a meaningful contribution to society and achieve my career aspirations.

School of Business student Phuong Nguyen

Do you have any tips for other students applying for an internship?

When it comes to finding a job, my top tip for other students is to prioritize quality over quantity. Instead of applying to as many jobs as possible, take the time to carefully research and target companies that align with your interests and career goals. After finding suitable open jobs, you can tailor your application specifically to that position addressing the specific needs and requirements outlined in the job description. Additionally, it's important to research the company and its products or solutions before going to an interview. This will not only help you prepare for the interview itself, but also demonstrate to the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the company.

To look for job opportunities, I consider utilizing online job boards and professional networking sites like LinkedIn. You can also attend career fairs at school and other networking events to connect with potential employers and learn about job openings in your field.

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