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The story behind a Mastery ambassador at Amanotes - Rahul

The journey of becoming a strategic project lead

Originally from India, I came to Vietnam for my Bachelor’s degree in Finance and landed my first job as a Monetization Specialist at Amanotes. I’ve been here ever since, experiencing various exciting and challenging roles. After 2 years of working in the monetization team, I transitioned into the product strategist role. 6 months later, I was offered to become the Strategic Project Lead which allowed me to focus more on passion projects that impacted the company.

I believe my quick career enhancement is the result of the combination of my enthusiasm to learn and the company’s strategy to grow talents. I was able to learn multiple technical skills and build out a T-shaped field of knowledge. When discovering my passion for products, I received lots of support from line managers, cross-functional teammates, and the HR team to successfully rotate.

How do you overcome the challenge in terms of juggling multiple Projects Tasks?

Don’t worry if you, a freshly graduated student, feel uncertain about your future career, I had the same problem. It’ll always be about evolution and being able to experience different aspects, finding where you can add the most value to the company and what you find interesting.

I always spend time on multiple projects. When I worked under the Monetization team, my leader always left a space for me to explore new things. Priority matters. You should spend 80% of your time on “the thing you need to do” and leave 20% to explore the “things you want to do”. This approach works at Amanotes because you’re free to explore things that add value to the company.

What is your biggest learning from that experience?

Each milestone of the journey at Amanotes, I learned something different. I learned how to interact with different teams, negotiate with partners, data analytics, and many other essential product skills. My tips are to put everything in a good structure, be able to communicate internally with different teams, make sure they understand what you’re trying to do, and why it’s a win-win to help each other out.

From other people, I observe and absorb many different perspectives which diversified my experience. I tried to spend more time doing the projects and have casual catch-ups and understand more about their jobs.

In terms of joining a new role, I prefer not just copying what someone else is doing, so for me, it is learning what has been done, what we’re trying to do, and improving it. Try to make it your own, I’m a big believer in lateral thinking. Your job is to find a way to make it better and chase what can help you grow.

Do you have any advice for newcomers at Amanotes?

Grab the chance to expand and stretch yourself. I would highly recommend that you always try to do something of your own, ask your line manager if you could do one extra project or one small thing that you believe will change either your own job, your team, or your company, and just follow it as the passion project.

Don’t be afraid to try out new things. It’s okay to fail. There are so many “passion projects” I started and they didn’t come to fruition. I also try to involve people from other departments and if they’re interested then co-create with them. It’ll naturally take its course, sometimes the business need we identified does not exist, sometimes there’s no market, something there’s a bigger priority. The important thing is that you always learn and find the best way to do it while making an impact.


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