By Nhi Nguyen, IBL 18
Who are you? What did you start to study at Metropolia Business School and what do you study?
I am Huyen Nguyen, a last year student in International Business and Logistics. My journey at Metropolia began when I moved to Helsinki and transferred my study here. Everything was super exciting when I started: new school, new environment and new study methods. There were so many things to catch up with back then. However, I can now confidently say that I made a great choice, since studying at Metropolia opens up so many opportunities for me and enables me to clearly define my future career path.
Where you are now ? What is your internship about? How is the overall internship experience?
I worked as a Purchasing Intern at Nordic Beauty Import, a cosmetics distributor for major retailers in the Nordic regions, such as H&M, Kicks, Stockmann, Viking Line, etc. I’ve got the chance to work closely with international suppliers from Asia, North America and Europe. Because of the dynamic nature of the product assortment, the workload was substantial, even for an intern. There were always tasks going on, so you need to take the lead to spot the problems and get them done. But it was not so intimidating as it might sound, I got really nice colleagues who were willing to help whenever I need, and a perk of receiving cosmetics every once in a while 😀 .
Overall, my internship was beyond my expectation, and I have grown a lot during that period. At the moment I’m working as a full-time at this company. Never a day goes by that I don’t feel grateful for the internship opportunity, as it gave me a more practical view about supply chain, retail and international trades.
Do you have any tips and tricks for students who are looking for an internship?
Interning at Nordic Beauty Import was my second internship, and both of my internships were found in Metropolia’s job portal. Personally, I think we got a privilege to be able to access to this source, especially for international students. After finding a suitable position that you would like to apply for, the most important part is to show how your skills and characters compatible with the position and the company culture.
I know that now it might be a hard time even for internship hunting. However, please don’t be discourage and let your time idle. Probably you could spend time developing your skills while keeping your eyes open for opportunities.
Find out more about Huyen’s career path in LinkedIn!