Senior Engineering Manager, Product Development, Global Operations
1. Why are you interested in joining the Volunteer Career Advisors Initiative?
The business transformation has accelerated, and many industries are being transformed rapidly. VCA volunteers help guide the individuals in the transition from other industries to electronics industry. The vCA initiative helps them overcome some of the challenges faced by individuals who have spent decades in the same role and industry to shift to a completely new industry.
2. As a volunteer Career Advisor, what experience/ guidance would you like to provide for your advisee(s)?
I would like to guide the advisee(s) on transferrable skills that can be applied in the semiconductor/electronics industry, such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, deeper communication skills and teamwork. I also plan to act as a channel to various placement services being offered by the WSG including relevant workshops like art of interviewing, resume writing, etc. With support and sharing of opportunities in the semiconductor sector and details of various roles, hopefully we can provide domain knowledge to ease the transition.
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?
Many years back, we had a leadership training that had a big influence on me. After the training, I kept in touch with our coach. Whenever I had some complex questions or wanted to know the right way to handle difficult situations, I would seek his advice. He would gently nudge me, point in few directions and let me find the best answer for myself. He greatly helped me at many critical junctures and I am really thankful for his advice! I hope that I can provide similar help to advisee(s) to find and charter their own paths, giving me huge satisfaction!
4. Any other ideas you would like to share about joining this programme?
The main motivation is to contribute to society in a small and meaningful manner. I am passionate about working on advanced semiconductor technologies which almost test the laws of Physics. I hope more individuals can join this industry which has become the foundational technology for the advancement of our society.