Hello Mentor EP10 | Finding Your Way In An Uncertain Job Market

About the episode

When COVID-19 hit at the beginning of 2020, many job seekers were concerned about job stability.

Originally released in June 2020, in this episode, we invited experts from industries still actively hiring. Derek spoke to Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Dawn Seng, and Siew Mee to weigh in on the job market in Malaysia to help job seekers find their way in uncertain times.

Getting to know the guests

Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operating Officer, MDEC

Dato’ Ng Wan Peng is no stranger to anyone in the ICT business in Malaysia. After graduating from Universiti Sains Malaysia in the nineties, she joined SAPURA as a systems engineer where she moved up the ranks as project manager, and program manager before leaving to join MDEC (previously known as Multimedia Development Corporation) in 1999.

Since then she has been a core and pioneer member of MDEC initiatives. Today, as the COO, she is responsible for strategic execution of MDEC’s initiatives to support the digital economy, including:

  1. Attracting investors, globalising local tech champions
  2. Catalysing industry-driven digital ecosystem
  3. Building critical enablers of the digital economy
  4. Driving inclusive adoption of technology.

Dawn Seng, Head of Elite and Premier Academy, AIA

Dawn has 15 years of experience in quality recruitment, leadership development , sales competencies development & human resources development in MNC. Dawn is strategic and result oriented.

She demonstrates expertise in managing a wide range of learning and development strategies, including competency model, training need analysis, training curriculums development and delivery, program evaluation and talents development.

Siew Mee Managing Director, 2X

Siew Mee heads the firm’s operations, and manages, magically, to make running a startup look easy. She is a big believer in developing people, having a track record of managing large teams with below 2% attrition rate.

Prior to 2X, she was the VP of Global Marketing at Quintiq—now Dassault Systèmes—where she oversaw 30% year-over-year-growth and developed an off-shore marketing services function supporting 16 independent global business units. It’s rumored that Siew Mee doesn’t sleep.

Hello Mentor is a podcast show that platforms raw discussions on career, ambition and success with inspiring individuals who are accomplished in their own rights.

Hello Mentor is hosted by Derek Toh, Founder and CEO of Hiredly.

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