The entrepreneur I choose to interview is a well-known and respectable woman in the tourism-hospitality industry in Vietnam. Her name is Ngoc T.B. Nguyen.
There are now many different definitions for the word entrepreneur and entrepreneurship, the definition of entrepreneur as the ‘risk taker’ might be the one that suits her best.
Born in 1963, this woman has spent more than 10 years in the Tourist industry and has since then been an inspirational model for many young adults in her hometown.
Nguyen started to work for a local hotel as a receptionist at the age of 20. At this time, because of many reasons, she finished high school but could not pursue her dream of studying higher. Not giving up, Nguyen kept working hard and eventually got into a university majoring in English Literature. Full time working and part-time studying, by the end of the course, she got promoted to be a Reception Manager. “To be honest, at this time, I wasn’t very sure about my future career nor was I sure about whether this was my dream job. What I had in mind was to keep working and try my best in order to support my family, my parents because my husband back then was in the army.” Nguyen said during the interview and recalled that was one of her hardest moments. Since then, although she has no previous business background, with her personal effort, an open mind and the willingness to learn, in 2005 she became General Manager and then the Vice President of Yasaka-Saigon Nha Trang Hotel, a holding company established in 1999 as a result of a contract between Vietnam and Japan.
For many people, to be where she was 5 years ago would have already been a high achievement. However that was not Nguyen’s case: she decided to quit her high-earned position as vice president and opened her new and very first business venture in 2008: a Tourist and Hospitalism Institute.
The entrepreneurial journey
From idea to opportunity
When being asked where she got the idea from,... [continues]
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