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Fionna graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy and Business (Marketing) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
My company and my job
I graduated from CapitaLand’s Graduate Development Programme in February 2017 and have since joined the leasing team for Funan. As Funan transforms into an integrated development with retail, offices and serviced residences, my role is to source and secure suitable retail tenants that are aligned with Funan’s new positioning as an experiential lifestyle hub. My day-to-day involves setting up meetings with prospective tenants and hosting them at the Funan Showsuite, and subsequently negotiating and closing deals.
How I got my job
The selection process involved a psychometric assessment and three separate rounds of interviews with HR and senior management. Most people might think that my two degrees in Accountancy and Marketing hardly complement each other, but I feel that it gives me an edge because the diverse skillsets that I have gained allows me to be more adaptable and flexible to different job rotations. I also believe that my local and overseas internship experiences have helped me to be more job-ready.
The highs and lows
I enjoy meeting and interacting with new people and I find it extremely satisfying whenever I can connect with prospects or tenants on a deeper level and establish new relationships. The biggest motivation at this moment is knowing the fact that I am part of the team that will help to shape and create Funan’s future. One of my most memorable achievements was when I completed my first leasing deal; and I would say that the most challenging part of this role is learning the art of negotiation.
Training and support
CapitaLand invests in our learning and development through the CapitaLand Institute of Management and Business (CLIMB), where a wide range of courses and training sessions are made available for employees. For instance, newcomers will go through a three-day immersion programme to get to know the company, organisation structure and business units better.
Apart from this, I have attended two courses – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Fundamentals of Excel Modelling – that were useful and relevant to my work. Additionally, the company also organises fireside chats with external guest speakers to keep employees updated with the latest changes and advancements in the tech and business world.
Perhaps a more suitable term would be work-life integration? My work is aligned with my personal interest. The nature of my job requires me to stay observant, current and updated with the latest trends and openings in the retail scene. Therefore, I usually keep my eyes peeled for exciting events and I am always game to try new concepts, even during the weekends.
Do not be afraid to ask and take on more tasks because it offers you more learning opportunities. Actively build relationships with the people around you as it will help you understand more about the inner workings of the company and its culture, and expand