with Volunteer Career Advisors for the Electronics Sector

LEE MEE NEE

Project Manager,
UTAC

 

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

I have been working in the semiconductor industry for over 20 years. My past work experiences have spanned from product test engineering, quality engineering, new test product introduction from initial prototype sample build to final product launch ready for mass production environment.

My current job function also requires direct interface with customers primarily supplying parts to targetted IoT, mobile, automotive market users.

I hope to give back to the industry by sharing my work experiences, relevant skillsets that I have acquired over the course my career.

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

Through the vCA initiative, I hope to instill interests in the younger generation to join the semiconductor industry. I want to share the semiconductor industry’s trend, which is not just the technical aspect of the work but also the importance of equipping the right soft skills. These include project management, customer handling relating to product requirement and manufacturing service flow, etc. Equipping the necessary soft skills will help them navigate and overcome the various challenging situations in the working world. It is the knowledge that may not be covered during their schooling days.

In my current job as a test NPI manager, there is frequently a need to coach and train new incumbents to the job so that they are equipped with the necessary product transfer knowledge, and able to meet the required project deliverables according to planned timeline, address different stakeholders’ expectations as well as resolve conflicts arise from the workplace.

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 a specific mentor in my career journey since I have in many ways gained a lot from my past and present reporting officers. They have been very open and generous in sharing their experiences and industry knowledges through my working years covering various job functions from an assistant engineer to my current    managerial role of leading a team of project engineers from junior to senior grades.

They have been in one way or another instrumental in carving who I am today and one of the reason for me to continue my journey in this industry.

To quote from one of my previous supervior: “”Everyone is a leader in its own way. Strive to become a better you.”

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

I am considered “novice” to this VCA programme yet. I am still trying to familiarise myself with the program especially on areas on how I can contribute effectively to the mentees joining this programme.