Valentine: Business France aims to promote French companies internationally. The VIE is a contract between Business France and a French company with a subsidiary abroad, looking to expand its business. The contract is open to young people aged 18 to 28, whatever their educational background, and offers the opportunity to gain professional experience abroad for a period of 1 to 2 years.
For Valentine, it’s a chance to get out of her comfort zone, discover new cultures, work with different visions, and of course, travel.
Valentine mentioned her wish to go abroad, and more specifically to Asia, during her graduation jury. She was put in touch with Julien Prével, SOGET’s Deputy Managing Director. And the adventure was on! Valentine joined the Software Factory a few weeks ago to discover our world, a first immersion before her departure for Vietnam.
Valentine: My first project at SOGET as a Business Analyst was an analysis of logistics flows in the Da Nang port community. My first assignment was to draw up a questionnaire with a view to interviewing Vietnamese port stakeholders. This will enable us to better map logistics and port flows. I’m working in tandem with Quang – LOGI VIETFrance’s Sales Manager – and am currently waiting for my visa to start my assignment on site. My office will be based at Logi Viet in Da Nang.
Valentine plans to stay in Vietnam for a year, and her mission will be to study the port community and meet its key players. This won’t be her first time in Vietnam, as she already visited the country with her family 10 years ago, taking in the north of the country and Hanoi in particular.
The young woman is trying to learn Vietnamese on her own. It’s a challenge she takes up with enthusiasm, as is her desire to discover Vietnamese food and try her hand at surfing in the local spots. Valentine tells us a few words:
Hello, my name is Valentine, I’m 24 and I’m French. I will soon be working in Da Nang. I speak a little Vietnamese.
SOGET had already formalized its commitment to Vietnam. Every year, students from Danang University of Science and Technology take part in a university exchange program and join the SOGET teams. The integration of apprentice engineers on internships within our IT teams enables a real technological, intercultural and human emulation, while developing new know-how to meet current and future challenges.
Julien Prével adds: “We’re very proud to welcome students every year to help them discover our business and the Porte Océane. In 3 years, no fewer than 10 students have been trained by SOGET. We are already present in the ASEAN zone, notably in Indonesia. Our aim is to continue this development and enable Vietnamese port authorities to eventually benefit from SOGET’s technological and functional know-how.
In February 2023, Hervé Cornède and Julien Prével accompanied Edouard Phillipe’s delegation on a trip to Vietnam. During this trip, a SOGET – LOGI VIETFRANCE – ASIATRANS Business Event was organized. This was an opportunity to present our latest S)ONE Port Community System solution to the Da Nang port community. The event was followed by a lively exchange of views with the Port Authority, notably on the advisability of installing the S)ONE PCS in the Port of Da Nang.
Valentine’s commitment as a VIE promises to make a significant contribution to the development of relations between SOGET, LOGI VIETFRANCE and Vietnam. We look forward to following her progress during this unique experience.