• Nationality: Vietnamese
  • Age: 25
  • Field of study: Economics
  • Current employer: PayU
  • Current position: Global Partnerships Specialist

Why I started my career in the Netherlands 

 Located at the center of Europe’s largest markets, The Netherlands has established itself as a magnet for international companies and a leading site for European or regional headquarters. Additionally, with Amsterdam being the new Silicon Valley,The Netherlands is one of the best places to work in high-tech business. As I always want to develop my career at a global company in the financial technology sector, it’s truly a perfect match. 

A typical work week 

My work week always starts with a brainstorming session with my team on Monday morning. The purpose is to generate ideas for how to improve work performance and to discuss on new projects that can help us to achieve the team’s target. Everyday, I talk to our business partners from different regions to explore possible partnership opportunities, to negotiate the contract, to keep up with industry trends, etc. At the same time, I do market research and industry analysis to identify and build business case for new verticals of partnerships. Besides, I also take ownership of marketing-related projects for my team. Working at a global company, I often participate in the meetings with European colleagues in the morning, then have calls with my Indian colleagues before lunch time, discuss with my team in South Africa in the afternoon, and update on projects in LatAm before leaving the office

Cool projects 

 One of the coolest project I’ve been doing is mapping the potential markets for my company to enter. It requires me to collaborate with my colleagues from different regions such as Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Each of us has expertise in our local market and when combining it, we have a great source of knowledge to contribute to the project. We learn from each other not only about payment processing but also about culture differences which affect customer behaviour in every countries, and affect our working culture as well. 

What I like about the Dutch work mentality

While embracing Asian culture, I’m still more familiar with the Dutch work culture: Everything is transparent and straightforward. All the meetings and discussions, therefore, become more productive. Everyone knows what to do next, how to collaborate and is always on the same page due to clear and direct communication. 

My career advice to you 

Firstly, you should start looking for an internship before graduation. Particularly if you don’t have any work experience before, an internship would be helpful for you to learn job-related skills that you cannot learn at the university. Considering that applying for a full time position is pretty competitive, an internship is a good opportunity for you to prove your ability to the potential employer. Secondly, stay active on LinkedIn! From my experience, for international students/expats, this channel is the best for job hunting. You should try to connect with people in the same industry, join related groups, always update your profile and keep up with the latest trends of your sector. Lastly, you should always be proactive in job searching by reaching out to people in your network. Talk to them, ask for advice, let them know you’re looking for a job, etc. – it’s always helpful for you now and then.

Want to connect?!

Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn (don’t forget to drop me a message and say “Hi” and I’ll be happy to have a chat): https://www.linkedin.com/in/ngohuonggiang/ 

 You can also send me an email to: giang_ngo@outlook.com