Karen, Ng Yee Man

UCSI University
Management Trainee–SAE(Samsung Asia Elite),Product Marketing
Karen studied BSc (Hons) Finance & Investment at UCSI University.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Finance & Investment at UCSI University, 2016.

How was your first year being on the job?

In the first six months of the management trainee programme, I was given chance to rotate to four departments (Business Planning; Retail Marketing; Sales; and Product Marketing). With the helpful assistance and kind support from colleagues in different teams, I was able to familiarise myself with the company’s business operations, and pick up industrial knowledge very quickly!

After the rotation period, I took on the position of Product Marketing Support. Being a Product Marketing Support enables me to possess market sensing skills (eg monitor the product market share and sales performance in the market) and product management skills (eg PSI management – Purchase, Sales, Inventory).

What do you do at work?

My day-to-day responsibilities involve market share analysis, navigating the sales opportunities in the market, system-based operations such as pricing, campaign settlement, PSI tracking, managing marketing materials, assisting in marketing campaigns, taking charge in few mini projects and coordinating with the relevant stakeholders. At the same time, I also handle ad-hoc tasks to support the business operations. Multitasking is very crucial in my daily routine, and I will always prioritise my duties according to importance and urgency.

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy working in different roles, instead of being solely attached to one particular responsibility. Thanks to my team, I’m always given opportunities to take charge in different kinds of tasks and projects which enable me to explore and level up my job management skills. Moreover, the strong bond between team members brings colour to the work environment, and we support each other whenever anyone needs a helping hand.

Besides working as Product Marketing Support, I do engage myself as an agent for Samsung GWP (Great Working Place), a programme that promotes positive work culture. I help plan and run bonding activities for all employees all-year round.

What is the single most important thing you’ve learnt from your job search so far?

Drafting my career plan and narrowing my scope of a search by listing down the careers and/or industries that I really wished to give a try, instead of trying to find a needle in a haystack.

By clearly stating down the jobs that I was interested in, I had a clearer idea in my mind. Furthermore, it helped me stay persistent when faced with work challenges in my job because I was already clear about my career vision.

What advice would you give to graduate jobseekers today?

During my years between secondary school to the day I graduated from university, I grabbed every kind of work opportunity I believed would add value to my portfolio. You will never know what you can actually learn from each of your jobs! As time passes, all these work experiences will definitely nurture you to be a more capable person, one who can work independently. This can help you stand out from the others!

For graduate job seekers, always be ready with your résumé. Make sure it is written in a formal style, yet is both simple yet detailed! Take the preparation of your résumé seriously, as it represents your attitude towards work in general.