Mar 2, 2020

Vancouver, BC – In 2011, Tiffany Nguyen was enrolled as a student in Langara’s BBA International Business program, but to decided leave school due to financial pressures. Entering the workforce, she found employment as an international flight attendant in Dubai. While the lifestyle and benefits of the job were great, she felt it wasn’t a career she was called to. After a few years, she decided it was time to go back to school. 

Tiffany is back to Langara and is now on her way to pursuing a successful career in business. While in school, Tiffany has been able to experience working in her chosen field of study. The experience of two co-operative education work terms has given her a realistic sense of the type of career that she may want to pursue after graduation. For her first co-op term, Tiffany joined Langara’s Communications and Marketing department in supporting Community Day, a large milestone event and city-wide celebration for the College’s 49th anniversary. 

“Community Day was a massive project. It involved countless hours and a lot of talented people. Working alongside the Communications and Marketing team gave me a chance to learn from the best, and as a result, forced me to elevate my work to ensure that everything I delivered was up to their standards,” said Tiffany. 

In her second work term on campus with the Co-op and Career Development Centre, Tiffany is role model student who develops programs that not only enhance her learning but benefit the learning of her peers. She coordinates the Co-op Peer Mentoring Program, which matches first time co-op students with recent program graduates, and supports the Steps to Success workshops. These workshops help students become employer-ready in the days leading up to Co-op & Career Week by providing professional dress tips, networking skills practices, resume tune-ups, and professional headshots.

“Tiffany has learned to work with cross-functional teams, to effectively communicate project progress, and to bring innovative and fresh ideas to the workplace. Her current work term with our department will give her good experience with project management and the pace needed when working for a large public institution. She has been a refreshing addition to our team and will leave the role with a solid understanding of how innovative but constantly consultative, working on a campus can be,” said Heather Workman, Co-op & Career Development Centre Chair. 

Returning to Langara has been rewarding. Tiffany has received multiple bursaries and scholarships, including a $3,500 One World International Scholarship. Being awarded for her academic achievements not only has made her feel recognized, but has reinforced that coming back to school was worth her efforts. Due to receiving financial support, she will be able to graduate this summer and continue to follow her passion for travel. As for what is next for her, she is joining the Langara Asian Field Studies in June, a 19-day itinerary to Asia of experiential learning through visits to local businesses, and historical and cultural sites, “first Asia and then the world”, she says. 

About snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 23,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. Langara is celebrating its 49th year on West 49th Avenue with Beyond 49, an integrated celebration, alumni engagement, and fundraising campaign to reconnect with alumni, and raise funds for student support and important College initiatives.

PHOTO: First from left, Tiffany Nguyen at Celebration of Excellence at Langara College.

Tiffany Nguyen at Celebration of excellence