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Student Spotlight | Diep Tran | #VUHRDStory

In HR, we are always focused on people - whether that be employees, employers, other HR professionals - and how to make their work experiences better. At Villanova, the HRD program does the same. Our students, the people, are the backbone of our program. Our students come from different backgrounds and have unique experiences, many of which enhance and influence their experience in the program and in their careers in HR. The goal of our student spotlight series is to highlight those unique experiences and to hopefully bring our students together in ways other than strictly through classes.

Our first student spotlight of the year is Diep Tran, a first-year student in the MSHRD program!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Diep Tran and I’m from Vietnam. I graduated from University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor in Business Administration (Management option) and a minor in Hospitality Management. I also took part in an exchange program to Lancaster University, UK during my undergraduate years since I love to explore different places/cultures and I love traveling! Currently, I am a first-year graduate student at Villanova and a Graduate Assistant in the HRD program.

What drove you to choose the Villanova HRD program?

After my university graduation, I started my career in training and development. Through my work, I developed a strong interest in T&D and HR so I thought it was the right time for me to continue with my higher study. I got a chance to attend an interview with the HRD department and got an offer to be an HRD graduate assistant! That opportunity, together with the school’s academic reputation, was what engaged me in pursuing my Masters at Villanova University.

Tell us about your current job and role, or any past HR experience that you have.

I have about 3 years of experience in Training and Development. I got my first job as a T&D coordinator, working in the hospitality industry. Since then, I have been looking for chances to expand my HR skills and knowledge. Before coming to Villanova, I was working as a T&D specialist for a bank in Vietnam.

​How do you hope the Villanova HRD program will benefit your career trajectory?

I am looking forward to building up my knowledge, both academically and professionally. I believe the HRD course track at Villanova is very well-developed to expose student to various HR functions from both business and psychological points of view. I also hope to develop my network through HRD and VUSHRM. With all of that, I think I will be well-equipped to advance my HR career further after I graduate from Villanova University.

What has been your favorite course in the program and why? Or what course are you most looking forward to taking and why?

I’m looking forward to learning more about Compensation and Benefits. I also enjoy learning about Diversity and Organizational Behavior.


Diep Tran is a Graduate Student in the MSHRD program at Villanova University. She is also a Graduate Assistant for the program. Connect with Diep here!


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