1. Tell us about yourself
My name is Thinh, and I am a proud alumnus of ARU. Originally from Vietnam, I completed my Master's degree through ARU's distance learning programme, while continuing to work. I had the opportunity to travel to the UK in November 2022 to attend my graduation ceremony in Cambridge, and I fell in love with the country during my visit.
2. What is your fondest memory of Anglia Ruskin University?
ARU was named as Times Higher Education's University of the Year 2023 in recognition of its achievements during the 2021-2022 academic year. During my studies at ARU, I received support from academic staff and the academic support team, which helped me to meet all of my assignment deadlines. I am delighted that ARU has been recognised with this prestigious award, and I feel proud to have been a part of the university community during the academic year for which it was honoured.
3. What has been your favourite job?
Although I have a decade's experience of working, I found the research project for my Master's thesis to be incredibly interesting and it was this experience has sparked a desire in me to pursue a PhD programme in the UK in the near future.
4. In one word, how would you describe Anglia Ruskin University?
I would describe my experience at ARU as transformative. The university provided me with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take on new challenges and pursue my career goals. This transformation was particularly evident in my Master's thesis, which aligned closely with my company's corporate vision. The research and analysis I conducted during my studies at ARU not only deepened my understanding of the industry but also equipped me with the tools and insights necessary to make a meaningful contribution to my organisation.
5. How did your time at ARU help you?
My time at ARU helped me in many ways, but perhaps the most significant impact was on my critical thinking skills. The MBA programme at ARU is designed to challenge students to think critically and analytically, which has served me well in my subsequent roles.
6. What did you love about your chosen course?
I loved the flexibility of the MBA programme at ARU. The course allowed me to work and study simultaneously and has allowed me to apply the knowledge therein to my specific interests and career goals. The flexibility of the MBA programme at ARU was a game-changer for me.
7. What advice would you give to current students as they’re preparing to graduate?
My advice to current students as they prepare to graduate is to network as much as possible. Attend industry events, join professional organisations, and connect with alumni from your university. These connections can open doors for you in your future career endeavours.
8. What do you know now that you wish you had known whilst studying?
One thing I wish I had known while studying is the importance of time management. Balancing academic workload, extracurricular activities, and personal life can be challenging, but effective time management skills are essential for success both during and after university life. Had I known the calibre of the lecturers and cohort at ARU, I would have undoubtedly chosen to study in the UK in person. The virtual learning experience was exceptional, but there's no denying that the opportunity to interact with such a talented and diverse group of individuals in person would have been an unforgettable and enriching experience.
9. Who was the biggest influence on your career?
The biggest influence on my career has been my MBA lecturer at ARU, Dr Osikwemhe Damisah. He was not only knowledgeable and an experienced professional, but also passionate about teaching and mentoring his students. His guidance and support has stayed with me throughout my career journey.
10. What advice would you give your younger self?
Looking back, if I could offer any advice to my younger self, it would be to have more faith in oneself and one's abilities. When I first arrived in the UK, I was understandably apprehensive about the academic rigor and cultural differences, but with time and experience, I came to realize that trusting oneself is key to success. The journey has been challenging, but it has also been incredibly rewarding, and I'm proud of how far I've come.
11. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
While many may not know this, I am a passionate traveller who has had the pleasure of exploring every corner of my beloved country, Vietnam. Travelling within my own country has been an incredibly enriching experience for me, both personally and professionally. It has broadened my horizons, exposed me to new cultures and perspectives, and helped me develop a global perspective that is increasingly valuable in today's interconnected world.
12. What’s next?
Currently, I have decided to take a break from my work to pursue a PhD programme in management at a prestigious university in the UK. My ultimate goal is to contribute to the growth of academic literature and the growth of our global and local economies through my research and academic pursuits.