Le Tuong Vi
MSc in Management Consultancy, UCD
Vi worked in Vietnam's investment sector when she applied for a 2014-15 Irish Aid IDEAS Fellowship. The award allowed her to pursue an MSc in Management Consultancy at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin.
Before coming to Ireland to pursue the MSc in Management Consultancy, I had two years working for a foreign property investment fund in Vietnam as an investment analyst and nearly one year working for a US-headquartered commercial real estate services firm based in Hanoi as a research & consultancy manager. During these three years, I have equipped myself with deep understanding of the real estate market in Vietnam, expanded my skills of financial analysis, cash flow management, project management, market research and had a chance to work with a number of international clients/investors.
Management consultancy is a new but potential field given there are not many consulting firms at the moment in Vietnam. Becoming a strategic advisor for investment funds in Vietnam is something I plan to do in my future career. However, there is no training course specialized in consulting and advisory in Vietnam. Also, in the long term future, I have an ambition to become an entrepreneur and management consulting is definitely the skill I will need to efficiently run my own enterprise.
The study programme itself has been really enjoyable so far for me. I think the curriculum was constructed carefully with wide-ranging course content giving me not only the most basic management consulting principles but also diagnostic techniques and tools in solving problems and boosting corporate performance. The chances to work with real client companies with real problems during the course were such a valuable hands-on experience for me. Team assignments across different modules have extensively built up my team work skills which I believe are necessary in consulting jobs. Cultural differences in team-working styles have made it so much more difficult for me, but have also taught me valuable lessons of trust, adaptability, and sharing. I do believe that international experience during the course has profoundly shaped my vision to another level, developed my leadership qualities and extended my network with professionals in the industry. Especially, as the top business school in Ireland, Smurfit has proved itself to be a very dynamic business school in terms of building network with other recruiters. All the graduate students including me therefore have benefited from the opportunities to update the latest changes in the industry, meet and exchange information with the top employers through career fairs or employers’ presentations which have been held on weekly basis. I think these kinds of event are really useful as the orientation for my future career.
I believe that solid insights of management consulting, strong network with professionals in the industry and international experience will help me succeed in the consulting career that I chose once I come back to Vietnam, not only for my next job but also for my long-term plan of becoming an entrepreneur.