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Eugene graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management at Singapore Management University (SMU).
My company and job
I joined CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand) and am now undergoing its Graduate Development Programme, which provides a series of rotational attachments across different business units. My first two rotations involved a fair bit of research, and enriched me with a greater understanding of the fundamentals of real estate that shape the making of urban landscapes.
It is nice to be able to appreciate the evolutionary forces behind a bustling city and play a part in shaping the urban landscape. For sure, there’s a fair amount of stress, but you learn to accept that it’s all in a day’s work. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
My happiest moment at work
My happiest moment here so far was contributing an article on the long-term outlook of cities. It was not an easy assignment, but I was fortunate to have the support of CapitaLand's research team. I managed to incorporate their views and that of external researchers to form actionable insights.
Getting the job
I had to undergo a psychometric assessment and three rounds of interviews. It is important to realise that an interview is actually a means to ascertain your fit with the organisation, and not just a one-way assessment by interviewers. Beyond having the right skills and attributes, your own values should be aligned with that of the organisation’s vision, mission, and values as well. Getting the job isn’t just about ticking off a checklist of past achievements.
I pursued a Green Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma when I was a student at SMU to sharpen my ability to analyse business operations. I’m glad it has paid off, as I have built up confidence and a sound understanding of statistics.
Realistically speaking, no job would be a walk in the park. Be prepared to put your nose to the grindstone — especially at the initial stages, when you are learning the ropes.
I would advise prospective graduates to pursue a multitude of new experiences. It is through navigating unfamiliar territory that we begin to master our intrinsic worth and hone our character. Paper qualifications are simply not the be-all and end-all. Let passion guide your choices instead, and always strive to make a difference.