Chong Yen Nee
Assistant Manager, Sales, Key Account.
BA in Food Science and Nutrition at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
How was your first year being on the job?
I was in a one-year structured graduate trainee programme that has four rotations in different commercial functions. I was handling some projects with direct guidance from my managers. This enabled me to have a 360-degree view on how the commercial teams work together to achieve the company’s mission and vision.
It stretched my learning agility when I was introduced to different ways of working in different roles. As I moved on to other functions, I started to understand that it is crucial to enjoy the process of learning and always reflect on what we can do differently if we were to have a second chance to be in this role again.
What do you do at work?
After completing the programme, I was placed in sales. The sales team is the frontliner that directly connects to the end customer while balancing customers’ needs with the company’s directions. We draft the building blocks that are customised according to both parties’ needs as a joint business plan.
I have learnt that nothing is cast in stone. There will always be changes and ad-hoc issues that we will need to handle throughout the execution. If things don’t go as planned, I will discuss with my team or customer for a ‘plan B’ hoping to turn risk into opportunities!
What do you like most about your job?
The empowerment and trust that the company has in us are priceless! The positive vibes from the team and leaders give me strength and faith to face all challenges and go further as I have so much to learn from them!
What is the single most important thing you’ve learnt from your job search so far?
Be certain of what you really want to pursue and be patient in searching the right option for you. I have spent a couple of months trying to figure out what I really want to pursue after attending interviews for food science-related jobs or to explore something outside of my field. Then, I found that there’s a mismatch in the jobs that I am applying for, based on my academic background. Everyone has got their own strengths and weaknesses, so leverage on your strengths and embrace your weaknesses!
What advice would you give to graduate jobseekers today?
Always stay true to yourself, and do what makes you happy while being responsible for every decision you’ve made. It doesn’t matter how fast you can go, but it matters a lot whether you are on the right path and doing what you enjoy the most.