Making A Career Comeback
I have never felt that being a woman has been a disadvantage in progressing through my career. However, the challenging decision of taking a career break became a reality when juggling the roles as a mother and as a daughter. What I believed at the time to be “career suicide”, led to the path I am currently on in my professional life.
Discovering My Passion
I began working as an investment analyst in a foreign bank before moving to Singapore to take up a role as a financial analyst. Working in a FMCG company gave me the opportunity to deep dive into the world of finance.
Despite the lessons learnt, I realised that my real passion was in people development. I was drawn towards Human Resources, sparked by instances in which I was able to help individuals in the organisation navigate their career paths.
Unfortunately, I was forced to take a step back from the professional world in order to care for my ailing mother. I ended up spending five years on a career break, but I was determined to make the most out of my new reality.
Returning to the Workforce
I began working on building my network and finding opportunities to develop skills uncultivated in the conventional office environments. Looking back, the time I spent developing my coaching skills proved invaluable in raising my kids, supporting my mum and later, approaching my work.
Transitioning back to the workforce involved me re-looking at my priorities. I was determined to focus on what I was passionate about. I refrained from re-entering a financial institution in favour of a smaller company which offered me a role in HR. From there, I undertook a steep learning curve with strong conviction that my work was creating an environment in which employees naturally strive to attain their highest potential.
My Journey at Roche
I joined Roche in 2016 as the Head of the People Team. My responsibilities are now much larger than when I first entered the HR practice, and is constantly evolving as the company promotes agile leadership, cross-functional collaboration and co-creation with our global stakeholders and employees. Similarly, my passions and motivations have grown with it. I am now responsible for the alignment of our people’s agenda to the larger Roche Services and Solutions vision.
People are at the heart of the work we execute as a services and solutions team. Therefore, nurturing an engaged team to realise their fullest potential is incredibly important. There is a strong belief in our organisation that a purposeful career is what motivates individuals and this ultimately drives our organisation. Roche constantly strives to do now what patients need next. Now, more than ever, we are constantly rewarded by the recognition we are making lasting improvements in the world.