with Volunteer Career Advisors for the Electronics Sector

CHUNG CHING THIAM

Director,
Semiconductor Supplies & Consultancy

 

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

Having gone through more than 35 years of a career in the electronics industry, I think there were some missed opportunities and some good decisions made along my career path that can be shared with our younger comrades so that they can benefit from my experience.

Particularly in the pandemic situation, more younger METS are facing disruptions in their planned career path and many of them also carry heavy financial burdens, which can be very challenging. Therefore, I hope to share ideas on how to adjust and adapt themselves along the path and hopefully lead them out of whatever adversity they happen to be facing. After my semi-retirement, I would like to spend some quality time to help people who are still struggling in their career paths.

 

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

These are some insights which I would share:

  1. How to maintain positive energy during difficult times
  2. How to review their whole career paths from a helicopter view
  3. How to leverage their personal VIP (Values, Interest and Personality) to seek new career opportunities.
  4. How to leverage initiatives from SGUnited and WSG to work towards a career change or upskilling for a better career.
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?

I do not have one single mentor in my own career journey, but fortunately, a few helped me achieve my career growth. These are mainly good supervisors who helped me pave my way and objectively guided me towards success by role modelling themselves. Some skills I have learnt from these mentors include juggling finer details with the bigger picture, balancing hard skills versus soft skills, managing different types of bosses, peers and subordinates, handling panic situations, and so forth.

4. Any other ideas you would like to share about joining this program?

As the electronics field is still staying strong in Singapore’s context, I hope to tap on SSIA and WSG resources to help people who are looking for a better career, planning for a career change, or upskill themselves. I hope to help them create better lives.