10 questions with Don Nguyen
Don is an Account Executive based out of our Foster City office. He has been with Indeed for more than a year and is the site lead for the All Generations Empowered (AGE) Inclusion Resource Group in that office. April is AGE’s identity month, where we will be celebrating this group and its members.
- How do you help people get jobs?
I help people get jobs by volunteering my time at local job seeker events. I was the site lead for my local Job Market Kickoff event, and I am a Job Guide and Job Squad volunteer. My blue “I Help People Get Jobs.” T-Shirt gets a lot of use!
- Where is your office and what do you love about it?
The Foster City office is in the heart of the bay area about a half hour away from San Francisco and San Jose (without traffic of course). The one thing I love best about the office is the amazing views of the nearby bay!
What was your first job?
My first job was at Longs Drugs (now CVS) where I was a photo lab technician when people were still developing film.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I am an avid world traveller. Every chance I get, I try to visit a new country/place. I am on my third passport and plan on getting more stamps in my book in the future.
Why did you choose to get involved in All Generations Empowered (AGE)?
Being involved with AGE is important to me because I want to be part of the movement of eliminating the social stigmas of growing older. In many parts of society, growing older is seen as a detractor. I feel like as you get older, it only makes you stronger as a person.
Where was your favorite vacation?
My favorite vacation was when I traveled to Vietnam for the first time. As a child of immigrant parents, it was amazing to connect the dots of where my parents grew up with what I was able to experience during my time there.
What’s the best thing about your Indeed team?
The best thing about my Indeed team is that they are literally like family. When I took time off for paternity leave, the team was really supportive. I have brought my son into the office a few times, and my son has occasionally joined my team meetings since the team started WFH! My son has become an unofficial Indeedian!
Are there any causes you’re particularly passionate about?
I am passionate about empowering our youth because they are the future leaders of the world. I am currently an Alumni Scholar Mentor at UC Berkeley (my alma mater). I help review entrance essays and conduct interviews each year to grant dozens of scholarships for incoming students.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
My best career advice has been: “Be yourself. Don’t try and be someone you’re not; at some point it’ll catch back up with you.”
What do you consider your greatest Indeed achievement to date?
My greatest Indeed achievement to date has been organizing the Job Market events in the Bay Area. The non-profit I was working with had RSVPs that surpassed the capacity of the room and the feedback from the event was so positive. I have received lots of hugs and follow-up emails from participants that said the event helped them get their current jobs. I believe there’s nothing that can compare with that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when one hears that!
The mission of our All Generations Empowered (AGE) Inclusion Resource Group is to provide opportunities for networking, community outreach and education while exploring the benefits and challenges of a multi-generational workplace. Watch the video below to learn more.