Yet another inspiring story of a young woman who chose to move to Vietnam from Taiwan to study and work hard for her own future and for her family.
Ever since the Paradise Group decided to expand its businesses across the country and out, we’ve been fortunate enough to meet young professionals from all over Asia who thrive to make a difference not only in their lives but also in the environment they choose to live in.
The story is no different for this young Taiwanese woman we’ve just recently encountered in the office, Candice Lin (Lâm Ánh Tú in Vietnamese), who just recently joined the Paradise Group’s marketing team for a four-month internship program. As The Paradise Today team sits down with her on a breezy winter’s day, she tells us her story of how she ended up coming to Vietnam, her choice of settling down by herself for some time here in Hanoi, and her first impressions of the company.
Could you describe to us how and why you chose Vietnam over the other on Asian countries on your list? Is it any different from home?
Vietnam has always had a special place in my heart. First reason is I’ve been studying the language for over two years now, even prior to my moving here to continue my studies. Basically, the move was the main reason for me to integrate myself further into the Vietnamese culture. And since I speak and understand the language already, my first seven months here wasn’t as hard as a lot of other foreigners have experienced.
I am now currently studying at Vietnam National University taking up in Vietnamese languages at Social Sciences and Humanities department. So far, I’m quite happy with my decisions. As an exchange student coming from Taiwan, I originally thought that there were gonna be a lot of similarities between our two countries. Apparently though, it is not at all very similar.
Generally speaking, I’m loving my time here. I’ve actually traveled to a lot of places already over the course of seven months, from Saigon to Mui Ne, Da La to Nha Trang, the central coast area (Hoi An, Da Nang, and Hue), and of course, Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Sapa. I feel privileged to be able to do this as I know a lot of locals who haven’t even had the chance to visit a lot of the places that I’ve been to.
Family wise, both of my parents who are in their 50s and both of my older brothers have been supportive with my travels and studies. I’m quite happy that my family is less traditional than others. They even approved my decisions of going to Vietnam for an internship by myself at a very young age, which a lot of Asian parents wouldn't even dare to think about.
So tell us how you’re doing during these first few weeks working in Paradise?
Okay. So first of all, I did not expect that I’ll end up working here. One day, my friend just introduced me to this company. And the next thing I know, it was already my first day in the Hanoi headquarters. And so far, I’m having a great time here. I love everything about Paradise. The office, the people, the marketing team in particular, and the environment itself. I’m a type of person who likes moving a lot and creating things at the same time. So I guess being here in this fast-paced environment feeds my drive and motivation of something more.
At the moment, I’m translating all the websites from English into Chinese, since Paradise gets a lot of business from mainland China and Taiwan. I believe it’s a great starting point for me in this industry. I’m learning a lot and I feel like I’m contributing a lot to the growth of the company. I’m just a bit sad though as I only get to work in this office three days a week since I’m studying at the same time and has another internship in another company.
The only challenge I have now is the long hours that I have to put in everyday working and studying at the same time. And since I live 8km away from the office and I don’t drive a motorbike, I'd have to wake up super early to catch the bus on time and deal with the morning rush hour. And same goes for my afternoons and evenings. It’s a bit exhausting but I can manage as long as I’m learning and growing.
Do you see yourself working in this industry for long-term? Why?
Again, as I said, Paradise is one of the most modern-looking and forward-thinking companies I’ve ever seen in this country so far. And with the people working inside it, the sleek fashion statement from the sales team, the diversity and artsy combination of the marketing team, and the professionalism of the rest of the office team, I believe I would want to work in this industry for longer term.
For now, though, I just need to finish all my traineeships and my exchange program, then I’d have to fly back to Taiwan for visa issues. But if ever Paradise calls me for a job, then I’d be more than happy to say yes and take the opportunity.