with Volunteer Career Advisors for the Electronics Sector

AJAYAN RAMACHANDRAN

Director-People & Leadership Development
Infineon 

1. Why are you interested in joining the Volunteer Career Advisors Initiative?

Having gained immensely from 30+ years of experience in aerospace, packaging and finally in semiconductor industry and that too in various roles ranging from Production, Quality Management and now in Human Resource, I felt a dire need to inspire and attract young Singaporeans to explore opportunities in electronics sector which is one of the key contributors to Singapore economy. The vCA initiative is the most appropriate platform in contributing back to the industry as being an initiative under Workforce Singapore, it is easier to get connected with mature workers, mid-career workers and also young professionals and support them in their career journey. Through this initiative, I look forward to bring a difference in the lives of many who are struggling to build a profession by spending quality time in having meaningful career conversations and enable them in fulfilling their purpose and career aspirations.

2. As a volunteer Career Advisor, what experience/ guidance would you like to provide for your advisee(s)?

As a vCA, I aim to support the advisee with a focus on setting career goals, boosting their self-confidence, working on their personal values, belief, motivation and interest to strive towards identifying the most appropriate career path and roles for the realization of their established goals. I would make every effort to inspire them with insights on my manufacturing experience in semicon industry and emerging trends which would be helpful to advisee on making career decisions.

At the same time, also connect the jobseekers with various resources available at government portal (SSG – SGUnited Skills Programme, WSG etc) which can be leveraged upon in developing new skills or seizing the available opportunities.

3. Do you have a mentor/ advisor in your career journey? Could you share with us about it and how this experience has supported your career’s growth?

When I reflect on my career, I can see that at every career progression of mine, there was a mentor. When I was in manufacturing I had the guidance from a VP who taught me the power of concepts and system. Likewise when I move to HR, I had privilege of having regular mentoring conversations with few senior management which shaped me into the person I am today as they gave insights on how professional and personal development can take place.