Young generations receive and do big things

Nguyen Phuc Khanh, a software engineer from the Viettel Aerospace Institute, is a new employee in Viettel. Having just graduated from university, Khanh was assigned with searching for and developing a self-driving unit for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). There were many difficulties facing Khanh during his task performance. However, he has pursued the field since he studied the Automation Control Engineering major at Hanoi University of Science and Technology.

Cong Linh receives Sao Khue Award 2022.

“I really love and treasure my job because thanks to the research, development, and production of high-tech equipment, Viettel has been contributing to the development of the defense industry, thereby firmly protecting the Fatherland,” Phuc Khanh shared.

Viettel is home to many young staff, like Khanh. Do Anh Dung, born in 2003, a third-year student at University of Technology, Hanoi National University, is under an internship at Viettel Cyber Security Company (VCS). He won a world championship at a big competition. In 2023, Dung was selected to compete in Pwn2Own. This was the world’s largest cyber-attack tournament, bringing together many leading security experts to compete with the security forces of the largest technology companies to test the safety integrity of popular products. Because this was his first time joining the competition, Dung wanted to make it impressive by attacking the famous Oracle product. Despite the strict protection of Oracle’s technical team, Dung still successfully hacked the system, contributing to the VCS team’s Pwn2Own championship in 2023.

This was the first time a Vietnamese cybersecurity company ranked first at the world’s largest cyberattack competition. Viettel team achieved the best score in all seven categories. With a score of 30, it surpassed the second-runner team by 12.75 points, becoming the world champion. VCS won the championship against international competitors, such as Sea Security (Singapore), Vupen, Synacktiv (France) and Devcore of Taiwan (China) - the champion team of 2022.

“Because this was the first time I joined the competition, I tried my best and luckily won the championship,” said Dung. Dung teamed up with 13 other young men, and almost all of them are GenZ. The oldest person is 34 years old, while the youngest is 20.

Working for Viettel since May 2022, when he was a student, Tran Huy Hoang joined the Viettel Social Digital Twin (VSDT) development team. Every day, Hoang sleeps from three to four hours and spends time researching technology. After nine months, the software engineer, born in 1999, became the only Viettel representative to introduce his product at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023.

Having many opportunities to show their competence, working in an environment of creativity, and being acknowledged, among others, are the reasons why many young people love to work for Viettel. As a global technology corporation, Viettel has strict requirements for its staff. If young people are truly good at the fields, this is their common home.

They have even researched and proposed projects by themselves. One of them is Call Monitoring, which is an emotional recognition software, developed by a group of young people who were born between 1995 and 1999. The team leader is Nguyen Van Cong Linh, born in 1997, who has been working in Viettel Telecom since 2020. Applying the Deep Learning and Machine Learning technology to voice analysis, Call Monitoring automatically manages hundreds of thousands of calls every day, saving time and effort. The application also won the Sao Khue Award 2022 for the field of “New software products and solutions.”

Tran Huy Hoang introduces his product at Mobile World Congress 2023.

Aspirations and opportunities

To attract young people, Viettel has coordinated with many universities via internship programs or master’s scholarships. Accordingly, students are trained by Viettel's leading experts, and gradually participate in Viettel’s big projects. They also receive wholehearted support from Viettel staff.

Investing in personnel is Viettel’s key to making a difference. Participating in in-depth research and working with cybersecurity experts who have just won first prize at Pwn2Own are the reasons why VCS becomes an attractive working place. Sharing about the reason why he works for Viettel, Ngo Anh Huy, a member of the Pwn2Own Viettel competition team, said, “Not many companies are willing to invest in long-term cybersecurity research and research teams like Viettel.”

Viettel also creates playgrounds to promote young staff’s creativeness, such as Innovative Me to share ideas about new products and services that have never been known in Viettel and Vietnam, or Happy Time, Happy Day, Creative Day, to name but a few.

Most young people working in the field of technology research at Viettel feel happy because they need aspirations and opportunities to express themselves, and Viettel can provide both. Besides, they can find skilled colleagues who can help them. For those reasons, Viettel has become one of the most attractive employers for young people pursuing the technology field in recent years.

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Translated by Minh Anh