I did not begin my profession with a technical background, in fact, I was not interested in Information Technology (IT or Tech) at all while in college. I just wanted to inform that I graduated with a degree in Business Administration.
This is a post I wrote during the HCM City lockdown in July 2021 because I had so much free time… 😬
Amero Viet English Center 2012-2014.
I co-founded the Amero Viet English center with an American English teacher from Tan Phu, Mr. Storm, during my second year of college since I was so anxious to start my own business. It was a fun experience helping him with paperwork and marketing jobs to get kids to know about him. However, Mr. Storm decided to move to Soc Trang with his wife and children for a more simple life after 1.5 years of operating the English Center, and the English Center was closed because of lacking him.
During the time there my responsibilities were:
- Developing, devising, and putting into action operational and marketing plans.
- Once we had some part-time students join the English Club, I was in charge of leading the team and ensuring that everyone followed the strategy.
- Identifying and mitigating risks that could affect the English center’s operations, such as communicating with local police, working on competitive analysis for the local area, maintaining student morale so they don’t skip classes, forming partnerships with well-known facebook groups in HCM city so our marketing posts at the time could be kept on their pages and groups, and seeding well-known english books.
- Responsible for all events at the center, booking venues for parties or the English club, task management, and part-time personnel recruitment.
- Every curriculum must go through a process of brainstorming, defining, developing, and testing before it can be implemented in the classroom.
- Documentation and study materials are being organized.
- Conducting interviews with students to learn about their problems and keeping track of the input for future improvements to the curriculum and teaching materials is something I do on occasion.
- And I received a 30 percent part of the English Center’s profits, which was my first success in making money as a student.
The most important deliverable I had for Mr. Storm and the center was the success of growing from 0 to 200 students in 6 months after his center opened.Nguyen Le Cuong
After the classes were closed. I then moved on to a new journey.
Got an internship at an Australian Jewelry factory in 2014.
PL Jewel factory in district 2, HCM city in 2014.
My job title at the time was My work title at the time was Office Admin and Project Management Intern (just what I pictured myself doing with a Business Degree), and my responsibilities were as follows:
- Improving the efficiency of the factory’s production processes by investigating and comprehending the domain.
- Investigating and assessing every step of the manufacturing process in order to find strategies to reduce material waste (gold dust).
- Managing all project documents, both entering and exiting.
- Creating a risk mitigation strategy for the new stone setting line (in partnership with Swarovski Thailand at the time).
- Delegating project duties to employees who are most suited to perform them.
- Assisting the PM in the creation and updating of Project Charters.
All of my job was done under the supervision of my line manager (Project Manager). My internship lasted two months, and the main deliverable I had for the company was a 20% boost in production effectiveness.Nguyen Le Cuong
Hoa Sen group, Soc Trang and Gia Lai in 2014.
Following my internship at Platinum Jewels, I applied for a Management Trainee position with the Hoa Sen Group, which required me to travel extensively.
First 3 months onsite in Soc Trang province.
- Assisting the manager of the Soc Trang branch with daily activities such as documentation.
- Through brainstorming and defining each customer, create a Customer Care Plan for the branch.
- Investigate and offer solutions to improve the branch’s sales and inventory management.
- Occasionally, I’ll have to write a VAT receipt.
- Every four days, I visit each of the province regions for market research and observation.
During this time I got to travel deep into the forest and rice fields of the Miền Tây of Vietnam, talked with the farmers and locals, and even sometimes hang out with them after work for drinking and singing karaoke.
Second 4 months onsite in Gia Lai province.
- Supporting the main warehouse of Hoa Sen Tay Nguyen to keep track of inventory in and out and balance the inventory sheet.
- Learning the operation of the Hoa Sen’s supply chain system at Tây Nguyên region.
- Communicating with high level local authorities in the region on conducting business deals.
- At the end of the onsite I drafed out a proposal for operation improvement of the region.
After 7 months on the job, I returned to Ho Chi Minh City to discover that the city had changed dramatically. During this time in 2015, the city’s boom in franchising and convenience stores had drastically transformed the city, bringing it closer to what I remembered Auckland, New Zealand to be like. I was blown away.
Following the on-site at Gia Lai, I was given an order to relocate to the north of Vietnam; unable to relocate that far, I resigned from Hoa Sen.
Aerotechnic Asia, a global supplier of aircraft spare parts in 2015.
I was so lucky to get such a job that required me to speak and use English.
My title was Business Development and my responsibilities are:
- Responsible for sales in Myanmar, Australia, and Indonesia.
- Requesting quotations (RFQ) from airports in the allocated countries.
- Follow up on sale orders until the aircarft parts arrive at the airport.
For one and a half years, I worked at Aerotechnic Asia.
Grab driver from 2016 – Jan 2017.
In 2016, Grab was one of the phenomena of the Startup scene in Vietnam and I was attracted to the idea of sharing economy, in September 2016 I got my new Honda WaveX bike and you know what’s next 🙂
Working with Grab at the time was a lot of fun since I got to meet a lot of different people, hear about their lives and challenges, and make loads of money. Looking back, I estimate my average monthly earnings to be around 19 million VND (800 USD) over the course of three months; it was certainly easier to make money when Grab first launched than it is now.
Over the course of three months, my average monthly income was also around 19 million VND (800 USD).Nguyen Le Cuong
After a couple motorcycle accidents, I decided to give up driving Grab for good.
Texas Vietnam Immigration
After a few months at home following the Grab accident, I got in touch with my Business Law professor from Troy University, and after a few meetings and discussions, I launched the Texas Vietnam Immigration business with his help on process and domain expertise.
- Successfully processed two L1 visa packages for two companies and one EB3 visa package for one family to the United States.
- Educated customers about the L1 and EB3 visas and the application procedure.
- On generating and processing client papers, I collaborated with three US immigration lawyers.
My most successful case was helping my aunt obtain an L1 visa and eventually a green card in the United States. I still run this business in a low-key capacity to support my Aunt and her friends on occasion.Nguyen Le Cuong
During my time running an immigration firm in 2018, I had the opportunity to speak with a number of wealthy individuals who introduced me to Bitcoin, after which I invested heavily in a number of Blockchain initiatives. To be honest, Blockchain was what first drew me into the realm of technology; from there, I learned about Product Ownership, MVPs, Growth Hacking, Business Analyst, and other topics.
My career in technology began at that point ->