On My Own Terms: Career Switch for Millennials in Singapore

John Lim CY

John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage IoT (Internet of Things) tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, a seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees. While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - to help you make the most of your career to live your best life. Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive bonus content from podcast episodes, on career switch and growth in your inbox here: https://bit.ly/3VU2e47 read less
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21. Why You Don't Have to Look the Part with Winnie Wong
12-06-2023
21. Why You Don't Have to Look the Part with Winnie Wong
Winnie Wong (her LinkedIn) is the author of Amazon #1 New Release - You Don't Have to Look the Part: How East Asian Women Thrive as Entrepreneurs (link). Winnie is also a business leader, educator, researcher, investor, and philanthropist. She has over a decade of corporate experience working with start-ups, scale-ups, and big tech companies. An advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in entrepreneurship, Winnie has mentored foreign domestic workers in entrepreneurship and advised social impact funds in granting $1 million to female-led start-ups. She is a speaker on women, entrepreneurship, and technology. Winnie holds an MBA from INSEAD, where she was a Forte Fellow, and was named a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. A Canadian-born Chinese, Winnie has lived in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Singapore. In this conversation, we spoke about:- The different expectations of men vs women in the workplace- Why is her book important and why East Asian women- How Covid19 has affected women at work- Why it is important to support female entrepreneurs - What's one lesson for women (and men) considering a career changeConnect with Winnie via LinkedIn. Check out her book You Don't Have to Look the Part: How East Asian Women Thrive as Entrepreneurs (link). About the book:You Don’t Have to Look the Part: How East Asian Women Thrive as EntrepreneursWomen-led start-ups get only 2% of venture capital funding, even though women own 1 in 3 businesses globally. Of that percentage, East Asian women-led startups only receive a small sliver of that 2%. Despite this disparity, women-founded businesses return more than twice as much per dollar invested than those founded by men. In the book, you’ll learn the: Lessons from the stories of East Asian women entrepreneurs who have built some of the world’s biggest companies, like Coffee Meets Bagel, Canva, and Grab Innovative solutions to support diversity in the start-up industry, starting with government legislators, educators, and investors And so much more... Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
20. Moving From Finance to Fashion, Test Driving Your Next Dream Job and Investing in Yourself with Career Change Coach Jennifer Ong
13-03-2023
20. Moving From Finance to Fashion, Test Driving Your Next Dream Job and Investing in Yourself with Career Change Coach Jennifer Ong
In this episode, we have a special guest - a career change coach who has helped numerous individuals successfully navigate their career transitions. If you're a millennial in Singapore looking to make a career switch, this episode is for you. Former VP at BlackRock, career change coach Jennifer Ong shares her own personal career change story, insights on career and career change and provides the breakdown of her 1:1 career coaching program which has successfully helped her students from Google, Microsoft, Stripe, Accenture pivot careers.We also discuss the reasons why millennials are frustrated with their corporate jobs, the self-limiting beliefs that hold millennials back from a successful career transition and the importance of investing and betting on yourself. Jennifer provides practical tips and strategies that you can implement immediately to jumpstart your career switch journey.Whether you're feeling stuck in your current job, looking to pivot to a new industry, or simply curious about the world of career coaching, you won't want to miss this insightful conversation. Ready to take ownership of your life and explore what a fulfilling career could look like for you?  Sign up for a free 45-min  1:1 coaching call with Jennifer here: http://bit.ly/3yxcjKP This podcast episode was recorded in Jan 2023.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
19. Switching from Service Industry to Corporate, Working with Chatri Sityodtong at One Championship to Starting New Career in E-commerce and Showing Hunger at Interviews with Jasper Lim
27-02-2023
19. Switching from Service Industry to Corporate, Working with Chatri Sityodtong at One Championship to Starting New Career in E-commerce and Showing Hunger at Interviews with Jasper Lim
During a career switch, it is common to assume that one needs to take a pay cut when joining a completely different industry to "start from scratch".  Or in job hunting, the candidate with the most relevant job experience should be the most obvious choice.  Both not necessarily true.If you're currently in the service industry looking to pivot to a corporate job or if you feel like your current career is stuck, this episode is for you.  Jasper Lim is currently the Assistant Vice President, Head of E-commerce at Primer Group of Companies, a distribution and retail company with operations in 10 countries and relationships with over 150 leading brands in the outdoor, travel, action sports and urban lifestyle spaces. Some of these brands include Quiksilver, Billabong, The North Face, Hydro Flask and Reef.Before that, he has had wide-ranging experiences in his career - he started his career 14 years ago as a Flight Steward at Singapore Airlines. He then did marketing at Far East Organization, one of the biggest real estate developers in Singapore. He went on to be a Constituency Manager at People’s Association, a government-linked statutory board which promotes racial harmony and social cohesion in Singapore.Jasper then joined ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global mixed martial arts sports media platform with a global broadcast to over 150 countries. Jasper then did a career switch to a completely different industry- e-commerce, joining AceCom Technologies, a regional e-commerce enabler and multichannel distributor. He started out as the Head of Marketing and Partnerships before becoming the General Manager.This podcast episode was recorded in Sep 2022.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
18. Three Lessons I learnt at Lazada
20-02-2023
18. Three Lessons I learnt at Lazada
In this solo episode,  I share the 3 lessons I learnt during my time at Lazada Nov 2019 - Jan 2022. I had front row seat watching the world rushing to pivot to e-commerce when Covid19 brought the world to its knees in early 2020.Lazada is one of the biggest e-commerce operators in Southeast Asia. They were founded in 2012 and they currently operate in six countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.Opinions expressed in this podcast are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of Lazada, past, current or future organizations that I am part of.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter here.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
17. Building No Harm Done, Uprooting his life and Management Consultant career in Europe to Yishun in Singapore and Reducing Social Isolation with Simon Lieberum
13-02-2023
17. Building No Harm Done, Uprooting his life and Management Consultant career in Europe to Yishun in Singapore and Reducing Social Isolation with Simon Lieberum
It is one thing to have a career change. It is another to do it while you're uprooting your life to move to another country with no social network. It is one thing to start a business. It is another to start a social enterprise where you're chasing other outcomes other than just financial sustainability. Simon Lieberum has done all of the above.  If you are curious about sustainability and social enterprises, this episode is for you. And if you love local Singaporean kopi, you're in for a treat (scroll down).Simon Lieberum is the Founder and CEO of No Harm Done, a social enterprise which sells Nespresso-compatible coffee pods which are biodegradable. What makes No Harm Done and their coffee pods unique is that the coffee pods are organic, vegan and 100% plastic-free. The coffee pods and packaging are compostable and the coffee beans are sourced from sustainable partner farms around the world.But what I really love is that No Harm Done does the Singapore local coffee - the Kopi O - so damn good! Kopi-O refers to black Singapore local coffee (also known as Nanyang coffee) with no milk.Before Simon started No Harm Done, he led a jet-setting career in Europe being a Management Consultant at Accenture. And from flying around Europe suited up and carrying a laptop with beautiful powerpoint slides, he landed in Singapore and ended up working in a family-owned business which sells plastic packaging to FnB brands.This podcast episode was recorded in Nov 2022.Use special promo code ONMYOWNTERMS on No Harm Done (click on the link) to receive a special 20% discount. Limited time offer.Timestamps:(02:08) Well-kept secret(06:14) No Harm Done(13:44) Why make it organic and plastic free(22:31) Management Consulting(26:16) From Europe to Yishun in Singapore(29:11) No technical background(29:59) The hardest part(34:02) Lessons learnt(35:50) Hiring 65 years old and above(39:04) Kopi for a CauseDisclosure: When you purchase through links on the podcast, I may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting this podcast.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
16. Starting Side Hustles, Building Activewear Fashion brand Whakamana, Early Employee at Fave, Property Investing in early 20s and Why You Don't Need a Degree with Bethia Wee
06-02-2023
16. Starting Side Hustles, Building Activewear Fashion brand Whakamana, Early Employee at Fave, Property Investing in early 20s and Why You Don't Need a Degree with Bethia Wee
Not everyone can easily and/or necessarily need to make drastic career changes immediately to get more fulfilment. You can start a side hustle or passion project  while keeping your day job. This episode is about side hustles and hustling. Bethia Wee is the Sales Development Lead for small and medium businesses at Aspire. It is self-described as the all-in-one finance operating system for businesses in Southeast Asia. Aspire was founded in 2018 and so far it has raised nearly $200M from venture capital firms including the famous Y-Combinator.Before Aspire, our guest was at Fave Group, where she spent collectively 5.5 years at. Her roles included leading business development and partner operations.If that doesn’t sound like a lot on her plate, Bethia has also been busy starting her own fashion brand Whakamana, which blends work-appropriate attire with activewear elements and materials.Bethia is also the co-founder of ‘Ello, a mobile pop-up bar service for events. She has also been a freelance personal trainer. She is a wine drinker, a passionate fan of dancing and fitness and is at the grand age of just 26.This podcast episode was recorded in Sep 2022.Use special promo code ONMYOWNTERMS on Whakamana (click on the link) to receive 15% off till end of Feb 2023, 10% thereafter. Limited time offer.Timestamps:(11:24) Joining a startup(19:24) How to gain confidence(28:37) Starting work appropriate activewear fashion brand Whakamana(33:02) Investing in property in early 20s(38:51) How to think about money(41:38) Failures and lessons(45:02) Should you get a degree?(50:14) How to start a side hustleDisclosure: When you purchase through links on the podcast, I may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting this podcast.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
15. Interviewing at Shopify and 4 Career Takeaways in Sharing with SMU students (I regret not doing #4)
30-01-2023
15. Interviewing at Shopify and 4 Career Takeaways in Sharing with SMU students (I regret not doing #4)
Hi everyone, this is another special solo episode. This is a recording for a presentation I did for Singapore Management University (SMU) students in Jan 2022. It consists of three main parts:Brief summary of my career journey so far (skip this if you’ve heard Ep 12)My experience interviewing and getting my current role at ShopifyMy 4 Advice / takeaways on careerAlthough the recording was prepared for SMU students, most of the career takeaways are still very relevant for early to mid career folks. To receive more career content and resources like these, do consider subscribing to our email newsletter here https://bit.ly/3vxbD6I. Timestamps:(02:14) Career Summary (skip this if you have heard Ep 12)(03:54) How I joined Shopify(06:24) Takeaway #1(08:05) Takeaway #2(09:36) Takeaway #3(10:00) Takeaway #4 (I regret not doing this)Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
14. Building Product at StashAway, Building Transferable Skills, Being a “Cockroach”, Career Optionalities, Frameworks for Career Switch and Hiring with Yaohong Ch’ng
23-01-2023
14. Building Product at StashAway, Building Transferable Skills, Being a “Cockroach”, Career Optionalities, Frameworks for Career Switch and Hiring with Yaohong Ch’ng
Yaohong Ch’ng is the Head of Data and Engineering at January Capital, a venture capital (VC) firm based in Singapore. He is responsible for building data-driven solutions that will complement January Capital’s investment process. Before that, he was the Head of Data at StashAway, a digital wealth manager that has assets of more than USD $1 billion under management. As employee #2, he helped build the company’s flagship product since day one as team lead and later on, as an engineering manager.In this episode, you will learn how Yaohong transitioned his career from $700 / month to joining a VC, why having transferable skills and being a “cockroach” is important and why you should look at yourself internally first when considering career switch.This podcast episode was recorded in Sep 2022. Subscribe to email newsletter for bonus content.Timestamps:(00:00) Intro(11:45) Robo-Advisor(18:23) Risk of joining early stage startup(21:02) Why skills are important(23:43) Switching from finance to tech(41:14) Building transferable skills(45:26) Advice for career switch(49:23) Career optionalities(58:34) Framework for hiring(01:09:00) What does success look likeSocial Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
13. Building UglyFood, sustainability food startup after 12 years at Shell and MBA with Sean Goh
16-01-2023
13. Building UglyFood, sustainability food startup after 12 years at Shell and MBA with Sean Goh
Sean Goh  is the co-founder of UglyFood, Singapore-based food startup whose mission is to eliminate food waste and revamp the food ecosystem. UglyFood aims to make sustainability a part of people’s everyday lives. They operate in the fruits and vegetables space by selling excess or ugly produce, their own branded products, and sustainably sourced goods.Before UglyFood, Sean spent 12 years across various role at Shell, a multinational oil and gas company. In between his time at Shell, Sean took a gap year to do his MBA in Hong Kong. In this episode, you will learn how a senior executive in a big stable MNC like Sean transitioned his career switch out to building a sustainability-focused startup, Sean's advice for career switch and young folks starting out, value add of his MBA (Master of Business Administration) and which starting role in his career where he learnt the most from. This podcast episode was recorded in July 2022.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Timestamps:(00:00) Intro(06:59) From Shell to Uglyfood(08:17) How much does age gap between co-founders matter(09:31) Strengths vs Weaknesses(10:59) Builder, Opportunity and Timing(12:33) Execution is everything(16:18) One advice for career switch(17:41) Age old question on passion(18:30) How did MBA value add(20:28) Learnt the most at this role (22:51) Advice for young folks starting out(27:20) How to find mentorSocial Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
12. My Career Journey So Far - 3 Transition Chapters (the last one was painful 😔 )
09-01-2023
12. My Career Journey So Far - 3 Transition Chapters (the last one was painful 😔 )
Hi everyone, this is a solo episode where I will share my career journey thus far. I will tell you why and focus on the 3 career transition chapters:From banking 🏦 to laser tag 🔫From employer to startup employeeFrom untimely departure to ecommerce industry in Covid19Let me know what you think / contact me directly at johnlimcy@gmail.com. Do kindly let me know your thoughts of such solo episodes - and what other topics you'd like me to cover. Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter here.Timestamps:(00:00) Intro(00:47) Why I am sharing my career journey(02:10) My 3 career transition chapters (03:15) Chapter 1(07:22) Chapter 2(09:36) Put Numbers on your CV(14:18) Chapter 3(15:14) One of the lowest points of my life(20:13) Motivation behind this podcastSocial Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
11. Quick Review of 2022 and What to Expect in 2023 - We have a newsletter!
02-01-2023
11. Quick Review of 2022 and What to Expect in 2023 - We have a newsletter!
Hi everyone, this is a special episode (more of such to come) - to give everyone a quick review for 2022 and let everyone know what to expect in 2023. We launched an email newsletter - click to subscribe !3 things to do after listening to this episode:Rate and review this podcast wherever you are listening or watching from - go ahead, don’t be shy and leave us a 5 star review :)Spread the word for us - please share our content with your friends out there - and follow us on Linkedin and Youtube.Subscribe to our newsletter. It’s one great way for us to get direct feedback and suggestions from you - so that we can serve you better. And what’s best is that it’s free - at least for now. And, at anytime you no longer find value in the newsletter, you can always unsubscribe.2023 is looking to be another tough and uncertain year for the jobs market.  The team and I look forward to provide more relevant content to help you in a more holistic way and also, to help more people who are in different stages of considering career switch.  If career change is not on your mind and you simply enjoy content on personal and career growth, we want to be here for you too. If you think this will help your friends, family, colleagues - please do share this podcast with them. we’d really appreciate it.Thank you once again for your listenership and support in 2022. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter! Disclaimer: Podcast stats on this episode refer to only episodes downloaded/streamed on Spotify - they do not include episodes consumed on other platforms like Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
10. Co-hosting Business Over Drinks podcast, having co founders when starting businesses and growing up as a minority in Sri Lanka with Terng (Part 3)
18-07-2022
10. Co-hosting Business Over Drinks podcast, having co founders when starting businesses and growing up as a minority in Sri Lanka with Terng (Part 3)
Our guest speaker, Terng Shing Chen, more commonly known as Terng, is the CEO and founder of SYNC PR, a technology company that provides public relations and content marketing.Before founding SYNC PR, he had an illustrious career as an in-house public relations (PR) employee and in PR agencies. Some of the clients and brands he has worked with include Razer, GrabTaxi (Grab), Paktor and MyDoc.Terng is also the co host of the Business Over Drinks podcast, modelled after the countless business conversations that happen over a few drinks. It is self-described as casual conversation between business leaders, industry mavericks and the two hosts.This episode is Part 3 out of 3 where Terng spills the beans of how it's really like running and co-hosting a podcast, his deeper thoughts on entrepreneurship, his favourite failure, starting businesses with co founders and growing up as a Chinese in Sri Lanka.This podcast episode was recorded in Apr 2022.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
9. Rethinking value of Public Relations (PR), entrepreneurs taking everything personally and starting Business Over Drinks podcast with Terng (Part 2)
11-07-2022
9. Rethinking value of Public Relations (PR), entrepreneurs taking everything personally and starting Business Over Drinks podcast with Terng (Part 2)
Our guest speaker, Terng Shing Chen, more commonly known as Terng, is the CEO and founder of SYNC PR, a technology company that provides public relations and content marketing.Before founding SYNC PR, he had an illustrious career as an in-house public relations (PR) employee and in PR agencies. Some of the clients and brands he has worked with include Razer, GrabTaxi (Grab), Paktor and MyDoc.Terng is also the co host of the Business Over Drinks podcast, modelled after the countless business conversations that happen over a few drinks. It is self-described as casual conversation between business leaders, industry mavericks and the two hosts.This episode is Part 2 out of 3 where Terng tells us more about measuring ROI of Public Relations (PR), when does PR have the highest ROI for a company's growth, managing a team and how he and his co-host started Business Over Drinks podcast.Book mentioned: The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It This podcast episode was recorded in Apr 2022.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
8. Public Relations (PR) vs Marketing, career in PR agency vs in-house and the REAL reason behind joining the PR industry with Terng (Part 1)
04-07-2022
8. Public Relations (PR) vs Marketing, career in PR agency vs in-house and the REAL reason behind joining the PR industry with Terng (Part 1)
Our guest speaker, Terng Shing Chen, more commonly known as Terng, is the CEO and founder of SYNC PR, a technology company that provides public relations and content marketing.Before founding SYNC PR, he had an illustrious career as an in-house public relations (PR) employee and in PR agencies. Some of the clients and brands he has worked with include Razer, GrabTaxi (Grab), Paktor and MyDoc.Terng is also the co host of the Business Over Drinks podcast, modelled after the countless business conversations that happen over a few drinks. It is self-described as casual conversation between business leaders, industry mavericks and the two hosts.This episode is Part 1 out of 3 where Terng spills the juicy ins and outs of PR industry, advice for folks looking to enter the industry and the REAL reason why he joined the industry.This podcast episode was recorded in Apr 2022. Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
7. [Full Conversation] Taking A Leap of Faith, Finding Purpose, Quitting Singapore Airlines in Los Angeles for Social Work and Redefining Success with Dennis Teo
04-06-2022
7. [Full Conversation] Taking A Leap of Faith, Finding Purpose, Quitting Singapore Airlines in Los Angeles for Social Work and Redefining Success with Dennis Teo
Imagine this: you’re at the peak of your career. You have a great job, maybe even a great boss, and you’re making good money. You’ve made it.Most people would say that this is where life gets easier—you’re already successful, now all you need is a little more money and fewer hours at work and everything will be perfect.But there’s one guy who didn’t think so. He quit his job and started over from scratch because he wanted to find greater purpose in what he did every day.We wouldn’t blame you if you thought we were talking about Elon Musk when we said this—after all, he did tweet something about quitting his jobs and becoming an influencer—but no! It was someone else entirely: Dennis Teo!You might not know who Dennis Teo is (or maybe you do), but if you think about it for a minute, it makes total sense: after all, who hasn't wanted to quit their job at some point? And who hasn't wondered what might happen if they did?The story of Dennis proves that sometimes we have to take a leap of faith and go against what society expects from us in order to find our purpose and live our dreams!Tune in to this podcast episode to learn more about Dennis and what made him decide to shift careers despite having a dream job.This podcast episode was recorded in Oct 2021.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
6. [Highlights] Taking A Leap of Faith, Finding Purpose, Quitting Singapore Airlines in Los Angeles for Social Work and Redefining Success with Dennis Teo
28-05-2022
6. [Highlights] Taking A Leap of Faith, Finding Purpose, Quitting Singapore Airlines in Los Angeles for Social Work and Redefining Success with Dennis Teo
Imagine this: you’re at the peak of your career. You have a great job, maybe even a great boss, and you’re making good money. You’ve made it.Most people would say that this is where life gets easier—you’re already successful, now all you need is a little more money and fewer hours at work and everything will be perfect. But there’s one guy who didn’t think so. He quit his job and started over from scratch because he wanted to find greater purpose in what he did every day.We wouldn’t blame you if you thought we were talking about Elon Musk when we said this—after all, he did tweet something about quitting his jobs and becoming an influencer—but no! It was someone else entirely: Dennis Teo!You might not know who Dennis Teo is (or maybe you do), but if you think about it for a minute, it makes total sense: after all, who hasn't wanted to quit their job at some point? And who hasn't wondered what might happen if they did?The story of Dennis proves that sometimes we have to take a leap of faith and go against what society expects from us in order to find our purpose and live our dreams!This is the abridged episode. If you enjoyed this episode and are keen to listen to full conversation  where Dennis and I talked about so much more, do check out the following episode. This podcast episode was recorded in Oct 2021.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
5. [Full Conversation] Joval Gan on why he left his $500K high life career, differences between Singapore and Hong Kong, how he co-founded cloud CRM platform Advocado and how to do well at sales
16-04-2022
5. [Full Conversation] Joval Gan on why he left his $500K high life career, differences between Singapore and Hong Kong, how he co-founded cloud CRM platform Advocado and how to do well at sales
“Imagine you are now dead, what would people say about how you lived your life?”If you think career change is only for those in their early careers or with unfortunate circumstances, you need to listen to Joval’s inspirational story.Joval Gan is currently co-founder and chief revenue officer of Advocado, a cloud-based loyalty consumer engagement platform for small and medium enterprises. In his first job straight out from university, he joined a direct sales and marketing company, where he ended up spending 14 years, during which, he moved his family abroad to start the Hong Kong office. In his own words, he was living the luxurious and high life.But what made Joval quit his $500K career at its peak and return to Singapore with no concrete plans? How did his family and friends react and adjust to this decision?In this full conversation episode, we find out the answers to these and so much more. For a ‘sampling’ of this episode, check out the abridged version in the previous episode.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
4. [Highlights] Joval Gan on mastering sales despite zero experience, why he left his $500K career and high life on his own terms and the ONE question we should ask ourselves more often
16-04-2022
4. [Highlights] Joval Gan on mastering sales despite zero experience, why he left his $500K career and high life on his own terms and the ONE question we should ask ourselves more often
If you think career change is only for those in their early careers or with unfortunate circumstances, you need to listen to Joval’s inspirational story.Joval Gan is currently co-founder and chief revenue officer of Advocado, a cloud-based loyalty consumer engagement platform for small and medium enterprises. In his first job straight out from university, he joined a direct sales and marketing company, where he ended up spending 14 years, during which, he moved his family abroad to start the Hong Kong office. In his own words, he was living the luxurious and high life.But what made Joval quit his $500K career at its peak and return to Singapore with no concrete plans? How did his family and friends react and adjust to this decision? In this abridged episode, we find out the answers to these and more.If you enjoyed this episode and are keen to listen to full conversation where Joval and I talked about so much more like what he ended up doing right after he came back to Singapore, his advice to those considering career change, differences between Singapore and Hong Kong, how he co-founded Advocado, how to do well at sales, check out the following episode. This podcast episode was recorded in Sep 2021.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTube.Support the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
3. Best Jittida Haputpong on why you should not rush to find a job straight out of university, business vs tech roles at IBM, selecting mentors, startup compensation package and leaving banking to join early-stage startup Igloohome in 2016
20-02-2022
3. Best Jittida Haputpong on why you should not rush to find a job straight out of university, business vs tech roles at IBM, selecting mentors, startup compensation package and leaving banking to join early-stage startup Igloohome in 2016
Best Jittida Haputpong is Vice President of Business Development at Igloohome (at time of recording), a tech startup from singapore which produces smart access solutions. 🔒🔒Best and I are ex-colleagues at Igloohome. (In this episode, we use Igloohome and Igloocompany interchangeably - Igloohome has been rebranded as Igloocompany). My opinion on Best - she is incredibly smart 🧠; she was a great colleague and leader. I’m really glad to have worked with her.Some of the things we spoke about include:joining a market research firm as her first job and then quitting just after a few monthsjoining IBM and seeing business vs technical rolesselecting mentorsbreaking down startup compensation packagewhy and how she took the plunge to leave banking to join igloohome which was a really early-stage startup back in 2016This podcast episode was recorded in Aug 2021.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTubeSupport the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.
2. Matthew Low on stumbling into entrepreneurship, finding the right business partner, co-founding a chatbot tech startup with no technical background and advice on joining startups and making career moves
04-01-2022
2. Matthew Low on stumbling into entrepreneurship, finding the right business partner, co-founding a chatbot tech startup with no technical background and advice on joining startups and making career moves
If you are curious about joining the tech startup scene 🧑‍💻, aspiring to be an entrepreneur or thinking about making a big career change 💼, do not miss this episode. Matthew Low started his career at Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore in 2009 before moving on to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). He stumbled into entrepreneurship which led him to build a content marketing agency. In 2016, he became cofounder at AiChat, a chatbot 💬 solution for enterprises and spent the next 4.5 years being the Chief Marketing and Investment Officer.In 2021, he joined Universal Aquaculture Singapore, a company whose mission is to build global food systems of tomorrow, producing sustainable seafood 🦐. He served as its Chief Commercial Officer.This podcast episode was recorded in Sep 2021.Subscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.Social Media:Kindly rate and review this podcast on social media / Apple Podcast. Your 2 mins spent will mean the world to us and will make the hundreds of hours spent producing this podcast all worthwhile. Consider subscribing and following the podcast wherever you are listening or watching from so you won't miss out on new episodes. You can find and connect with us on our 🌐 website, Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook and watch (parts of) the conversation on YouTubeSupport the showSubscribe to bonus podcast content and career resources via ✉️ email newsletter.About the host John Lim:John Lim has had an unconventional career by Singapore / Asian standards - with several career switches. He started his career in banking before co-founding a laser tag events company. After building the business from ground-up, growing the team to 20+ and running Singapore's largest indoor laser tag center, he joined an early-stage tech startup to lead business development across Southeast Asia. In 2019, he took a leap of faith to join the e-commerce industry, seemingly unknown sector, until a few months later when Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to its knees.While John finds himself lucky to have 'survived' the career switches relatively unscathed, he has never forgotten how it feels like to be at the crossroads of your career and life. Now, he has started this podcast - to provide the resources and perspectives he wished he had - and to help you make the most of your career to live your best life.Join him as he speaks with unconventional career changers and risk-takers, taps into their experiences and perspectives and discusses all things career. Together, they will provide you nuggets of wisdom, inspiration and actionable insights to start living life on your own terms.