Lesson from Google: Working in different fields makes it easier to succeed

(Dantri. 25th November 2014)That 60% graduated Vietnamese students are running in fields not related to what they have studied, according to the statistics by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, & Social Welfare, is fairly disturbing. However, working in different fields actually makes it easier to succeed - an actual experience applied by Google and TOPICA leaders.

Working in different fields - How Google operates

To succeed in this era of technology and Internet, a firm must be able to attract "smart creative" employees and create a favorable environment for their development

That is what Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg viewed in the book "How Google works". In this book, Google CEO Schmidt and Senior Vice President Rosenberg pointed out what they had learnt throughout their building Google into a giant that worth hundreds of billions dollar.


Thanks to “Smart Creative” theory, Google has become one of the biggest companies in the world with things “like no others”


“What matters is that you are living in a dynamic world with conditions and environments change rapidly. Things like experience or working methods are not as crucial as the ability to think. In fact, it is experience and old knowledge that prevent us from trying new solutions” – Jonathan Rosenberg said.

The story of Laszlo Bock – Google Vice President – shared in this book is similar: “When two people meet the same issue, the expert one will think: I have dealt with this a hundred times before, and this is how we will do it now… Meanwhile, the other one will also offer the comparable answer, since most business issues are not too difficult, sometimes non-experts will bring out whole new solutions.”

Mr. Do Tuan Anh, Appota founder – a million dollar company, is a typical example for this trend. Appota is one of the TOP 10 Technology Start-ups worth investing in Southeast Asia, while the head actually graduated with History Major. The development of smartphone services distribution – a whole new array that seldom business in Vietnam at the time dared to think of – demanded Do Tuan Anh himself to study about technological solutions, skills and the way of thinking that no schools or experiences can meet.


Succeeded from Google’s lesson

In Vietnam, almost all business require candidates to have working experience in field that they have studied in universities, while one Vietnamese Start-up applies what Google has done in recruiting.

Mr. Duong Huu Quang, CEO of TOPICA Native, online English-speaking training program for working people, is an example of working in different field. He graduated as Master in Electronics and Telecommunication from University of Science and Technology in 2006 and did have 2 years working in this field before he came to work for TOPICA Edtech Group as Admission Staff.  After 5 years, Quang had moved from different working positions – none related to Electronics and Telecommunication – to a CEO.

Quang shared, in the next 5 years, TOPICA Edtech Group will need approximately 30 CEOs and Vice Presidents for 10 subordinate agencies in 4 countries Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. As a leading company in Vietnam in exporting e-learning technology, managerial positions here demand managers to delete all former knowledge, willing to learn new things about managing, human resources, finance, education, etc. to adapt to the new environment.


Mr. Duong Huu Quang, CEO of TOPICA Native


In the moment, the number of employees here increases about 30% each year. Employees and managers undergo competency assessment, are considered for appointment and salary raise every 6 month with internationally standard evaluation and receive encouragements: productivity bonuses, initiative rewards, etc. The average age of employees here is 28, the youngest manager was appointed at the age of 23.

This is also the place incubating Start-ups that worth millions of dollar in Vietnam.