Intel – the world’s leading semiconductor company that has helped change the way we work, live and play over the past 40 years – is now building a $1billion USD assembly and test plant in Ho Chi Minh City. This will be the biggest single Intel factory worldwide and we plan to hire up to 4,000 employees when we run into full production. About 70% of our workforce will be College Graduates (CG) and there will be opportunities for those who have needed skill sets and have a passion for Intel.
I joined Intel as a Staffing intern three years ago. It was an amazing opportunity for me as I never thought I could do a staffing job. William, my manager at that time, told me on the first day, “Huan, I believe you can do staffing, and you can do very well.” And that’s how my career at Intel started. Now, when I stand in front of students, I am very proud of having been an Intel CG and being able to share my experiences with them. Here are my tips—in five simple steps— that students should take to find opportunities at Intel.
Study well and get good grades
University is one of the best places to learn and, as a student, you should utilize and maximize your chance for studying and research. The knowledge you gain from university will be very important as it is your foundation for when you start your career. Many students don’t think they will apply their knowledge from school when they start to work. That is not right. Yes, the specific information might not be used, but the way you think is different and will help you. At Intel, we believe the knowledge you gained from university will help us when we hire you as an CG. That basic knowledge will be useful for the additional training you will take at Intel.
Gain experience by jumping into activities
Many students worry about “experience” when they graduate. “Where can I find my experience during my years at university?” This question is always at the top of the FAQs list for employers. I agree that 80% of a student’s time is spent studying and researching and you need to rest after working hard for hours in lecture halls. Why not use that 20% to “play” and jump in social activities or voluntary projects? This would be a great way to relax. For example, becoming a leader for a recycling project will not only help you to understand the urgency of global warming, but also give you the chance to talk about and deal with different types of issues. You will learn how to plan a project, how to set a timeline, how to work in a team and gain new environment knowledge that you won’t find in your textbook.
Do an internship
Internships are becoming popular and a “must” for some universities before a student can graduate. Doing an internship during your final years will help you gain an inside view of a company and provide you with valuable first-hand experience. It is also a chance for you to get closer with your favorite employers. In many cases, your internship may give you a topic for your final thesis as well as the chance to gain support from your manager or team. Many students are afraid of getting an internship that is not related to their major at school, but that should not be an issue. Use an internship to explore your talents in other fields that you would not otherwise pursue.
Research Intel and the job you want
The first question that you may be asked in an interview is, “Why do you want to work for Intel and why this job?” Many students don’t know how to answer this question, and it could cost you that first impression. Take a look at the Jobs at Intel site to learn about Intel and visit our Student Center to find out about all of the programs that Intel offers to students. You can also use the Possibilities Matrixto see how many jobs at Intel you can do with your major. The advantage of being an CG is that you have many choices. Keep in mind what you are passion about and what you love to do when considering your possibilities. Where you start with Intel is not where you will end.
Create your profile on the Jobs at Intel site
Intel uses the Internet and online databases to search for candidates and find talent. Therefore, creating your profile online at our Jobs at Intel site is the best way for us to reach you among thousands of candidates. (Yes, creating a profile online really does matter.) Indicating your preferred job and keeping your online profile updated are key to finding the right opportunity.
Now that I have walked you through the process, you can use these five steps to help you explore the opportunities we have. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will certainly respond.