Promoting a healthy lifestyle at work

During my first week of internship, I had such an informative conversation with the CEO of the company about not only AhaMove itself but also several interesting facts beyond its foundation. He explained that he decided to locate the office right next to Hoang Cau lake because of his desire to encourage the employees to sustain a balance between time allocated for work and other aspects of life. That being said, a busy schedule should not be an excuse for ignoring their health condition.

Because office workers, including the young ones, tend to be lazy and thus adopt unhealthy habits, the CEO of AhaMove wants to become a pioneer in improving employee wellbeing and spreading a positive energy around the company. Given that the company office is near the lake, they could either take a break from work by contemplating the lake view from the office windows or going for a walk to relax, de-stress or even work out in their free time. Aware of the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle, he also organizes different sports competitions during our company trip to promote team-building as well as physical exercising. As a healthy lifestyle in a busy office environment not only energizes each individual but also strengthens the company as a whole, these activities would help in developing physical, mental and intellectual health of the workers and motivating productivity, discipline and concentration in the workplace.

Indeed, I found my own ideology of a work-life balance is on the same page with his. Since my job involves sitting at the desk for several hours, I try to reduce its damages to my body by maintaining daily workout as a must-have in my morning routine. Before going to work, I always go to the gym and have a good sweat to get myself ready for a new day. Besides, instead of using elevators, I prefer stairs as they helps me stay active with a sedentary job and burn some extra calories at the same time. Therefore, these exercises not only keeps me in shape but also boosts my energy and leverages my productivity throughout the day. Inspired by the CEO and other colleagues, I have learned many ways of managing to handle work efficiently and live a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to the internship grant awarded, I have a precious opportunity to gain more insights in my future career path and fully engage in such a fast-paced start-up environment that prioritizes the quality of both work and life.

The lake view from our office
The lake view from our office

My first week of internship

With a significant advantage of working for a startup, I had a chance to have one-on-one meetings with the CEO of AhaMove and different managers of the departments that I would collaborate closely with, including Business Intelligence, Operations, Business Development and Marketing. Valuing the importance of connecting employees with the company’s mission, the CEO and managers spent a lot of time showing me the structure, daily activities and latest problems of each team in order to equip me with general knowledge of the company as well as the logistics industry. Not only did they mention the opportunities and challenges that the company has been facing but they also shared their experiences and lessons from which I could enrich my understanding of AhaMove. Since the Business Intelligence team plays a vital role in sustaining the supply-demand balance by helping AhaMove identify, develop and implement effective business strategies, a strong background in the operation of the company and each department within it will help me fulfill my responsibilities as a data analyst intern more efficiently. Indeed, to understand more deeply about the service that AhaMove provides as well as the recruiting process, I participated in a special training session for  new drivers and took an assessment test afterwards like other trainees. Along with different lessons learned from the professionals, I gained more insights of not only the company but also the logistics industry in Vietnam during the first week of the internship. Therefore, I am certain that AhaMove is an amazing workspace where I can grow both professionally and personally in the next three months.

About my internship at AhaMove

AhaMove is a prominent start-up in Vietnam that provides an Uber-like logistics service. Founded in 2015 with the mission of addressing inefficiency in the logistics sector and reducing the cost for consumers, AhaMove serves as a platform that connects drivers and consumers to facilitate the delivery of goods within in a short time at a reasonable price. Coupled with advances in technology, this platform not only simplifies different processes for drivers, but also allows consumers to easily track their orders and benefit from lower cost.

To create a cyber marketplace with equivalent stakeholders of both sides, the Business Intelligence team plays a vital role in sustaining the supply-demand balance by helping AhaMove identify, develop and implement effective business strategies. As a Data Analyst Intern of the department, I create daily key performance indicators and dashboards to track project/ department performance and help demonstrate how effectively the company is achieving key business objectives. Based on the manipulated data, I collaborate with other colleagues to design, analyze and automate models to increase interaction between customers and drivers with AhaMove. My responsibility also includes coordinating with different teams of the company to collect and analyze the data to assess the opportunities and challenges of the service that the company provides.

As a double major in Economics and Mathematics, I have always sought for an internship that aligns with my interests and allows me to apply the knowledge from Dickinson classes and experiences to a professional setting. After taking the course Probability and Statistics at Dickinson, I found my interest in working with numbers through different data analysis projects and decided to follow a statistical track. With my passion and determination to pursue a future career in data analysis, I believe that AhaMove is a professional workplace where I can enrich my understanding of this industry and nurture my potential to the fullest. Working at AhaMove gives me endless opportunities not only to apply my learning at Dickinson to real challenges but also to expose me to the nature of my desired career as a data analyst. I will be able to leverage my skills in data manipulation, mining and visualization for management. This would improve my quantitative reasoning skills as well as my background in certain programming languages, especially SQL. Along with the support of my supervisor and other colleagues, I will be able to engage in a fast-paced start-up environment, learn from the professionals and gain more insights in data analytics industry. Combined with my background in math, the internship at AhaMove will further strengthen my data analytical, technical and communication skills while exposing me to a data analysis career.

In a sharing economy with relentless changes, these skills and experiences will give me a competitive edge in career opportunities. Because data analysis is a rapidly growing and highly demanding field, only analysts exhibiting excellent standard statistical techniques and a sharp business mindset can stand out. Combined with my interest in working with numbers and desire to be a data analyst, interning at AhaMove will be a good preparation for my future career in data.

The office view from my desk