Our team is considered “the youngest team” of the company as my colleagues are mainly fresh grads or college seniors. Even though most of them are only 2-3 years older than me, they have already worked as executives of the Business Intelligence team who are responsible for all data-driven tasks and big projects of AhaMove. Just like our company being a young startup, they are still inexperienced sometimes yet wholeheartedly energetic and passionate about working with data and contributing to the growth of the whole company. Their youthful energy and mindset flow into every little corner of the office and help keeping it upbeat. Words cannot describe my admiration towards the talented and amazing coworkers that I have a great opportunity to work with.
As the youngest member of the team, I have always been supported and instructed carefully by my mentor and other coworkers, motivating me to work harder and learn more not only about technical knowledge but also from their prior experiences in data analytics. Besides, they care a lot about my internship experience and always make sure that I can get the most out of it. Indeed, my supervisor and I just had a one-on-one discussion last week to summarize my first month of internship and reflect on my future career in data analytics, which enabled me to enrich my understanding of the development of the industry in Vietnam and inspired me to continue pursuing the career path that I chose to follow.
Because our age gap is not significant, it did not take me long at all to get close to them. Apart from work, we spend most of our free time chatting by the windows or playing different kinds of board games, which helps us destress after a busy day and get to know each other better. In addition, we had a weekend getaway to Sapa and went on a company trip to Danang including both the North and the South branches. Not only do these activities bring us closer but they also create a strong bond and friendships that grow beyond the office.
“Monthly Report” is probably the phrase that I used most frequently last month. In the first month of my internship, my mentor and I worked closely with the Business Development (BD) team that is in charge of customer 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 customers to facilitate the delivery of goods within in a short time at a reasonable price. Therefore, the BD team plays an important role in simplifying different processes for consumers to easily track their orders and benefit from quality service. Collaborating with the BD team, we aimed to help them identify problems and find effective business strategies for ongoing projects. My job responsibilities involved assisting my mentor to evaluate the efficiency of these projects by creating adhoc reports to track KPIs and visualizing manipulated data for further analysis. Having limited exposure to data analytics, I was a little behind in determining solutions for requested tasks and optimizing my codes. As a result, aside from assigned tasks, I have self-studied R and SQL in my free time using online courses to practice technical skills as well as accumulate hands-on experiences in data analytics. Although I have obtained basic skills in data analytics from different class projects, I have not had a chance to work with large datasets to solve real-world problems. Because R and SQL are widely used to manage, extract and analyze data, a strong background in these programming languages will give me a competitive edge in my future career. Hence, 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 data analytics. With these promising opportunities, I look forward to further enriching my professional experiences as well as strengthening my skills and knowledge in this field in the remaining weeks of my internship at AhaMove.