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Construction and Building Services
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.
Senior Legal Director
Jason Chen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Jurisprudence) from University of Oxford.
Since July 2016, I have been part of CFLD’s Singapore HQ legal team as a Senior Legal Director. My key job focus is on transactional work in emerging markets. As CFLD International is currently entering new markets, a significant amount of my time is spent on:
- Reviewing day-to-day operational contracts,
- Recruiting and integrating new members,
- Implementing good practices for projects, and
- Establishing connections with leading legal service providers.
I also get to work closely with governments and large real estate companies from major emerging markets across the world. Additionally, given the company’s constant state of growth, everyone has a say in shaping the work and social culture of the organisation.
Work-wise, when we successfully close a major transaction, the team always makes it a point to celebrate after having worked through countless late nights together on the project. Outside of work, we have regular evening football sessions as we find it to be a great way to bond with each other.
Requirements of the role
Due to the international nature of the company, your job scope and working environment can vary greatly from day-to-day. As you work on projects based in different countries, you will need to be able to function seamlessly while travelling across numerous time zones and to adjust quickly to the nuances in varying cultures. Project management and coordination skills are also essential for the role.
Step out of your comfort zone
You are also expected to be able to stretch yourselves beyond your comfort zone here at CFLD. Our legal team, for instance, often participates in meetings with external advisors who come from different backgrounds, such as tax advisors, management & market consultants, and planning & design companies.
Internally, there is also an active cross-pollination of ideas amongst the different teams (for example, the legal, tax, finance, investment and business teams). Everyone attends each meeting with the mutual respect and understanding that our different experiences allows us to bring something constructive and unique to the discussion.
There is no shortage of challenges in CFLD that take you outside of your comfort zone. By embracing uncharted territories, you eventually deepen your wealth of experience and broaden your comfort zone.
Associate Director, Talent Acquisition
Matthew graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) at Bournemouth University.
As an Associate Director for Talent Acquisition, my role is to bring the best possible talent into the company, either in our HQ in Singapore or in the different countries where we are building new businesses.
Our team recruit individuals into leadership positions to help the new businesses grow as quickly as possible. I search for people with the right skills for our company as well as those who can match our culture and values. After identifying the suitable candidates, I bring them on board and ensure that they integrate into the company seamlessly.
As a company that is growing rapidly, it is important to place importance on the quality and calibre of new hires as they add quantifiable value to the organisation. In this growing company, there is a mutual understanding amongst everyone to deliver the best results for the company.
I was keen to take on a vibrant role in a dynamic company as there will always be plenty of value to add and aid my personal growth. They provided me with an opportunity to take on a global role and that is exactly the kind of challenge I am looking for.
My happiest moments are when I have been able to find candidates to fill key leadership positions that can help the company to fulfil its growth strategy. As one of Asia’s largest corporations, expectations placed on new hires are high. So it is a great feeling when we find the right person and manage to secure them.
Outside of the office, my happiest moment so far was running a half-marathon in Singapore with around 20 colleagues and a team of supporters. The team spirit and friendly competition amongst the runners, along with the fantastic support from the spectators made it a wonderful event to take part in, demonstrating great spirit within the company.
There is a strong sharing culture amongst the staff within CFLD International – even between people in different departments. As a new office, there is a strong sense of camaraderie. Each team is expected to achieve great things and because of that, there is a willingness to share information and to help each other; especially with newcomers. We always work together to achieve our common objectives.
Often, we have different teams pooling resources to work together on the same project and as a result, a united mindset is formed. News of successful projects get spread around quickly through the organisation and we are quick to offer heartfelt encouragement to celebrate the success of other teams.
As our name suggests, CFLD international has offices all over the globe. Most of the time, projects involve collaborating across multiple time zones. But our colleagues are always accessible, sharing answers whenever they can to lend a helping hand, even if it goes beyond their job scope.
In this growing company, there is a mutual understanding amongst everyone to deliver the best results for the company. Our senior leaders also work closely with staff by making themselves available to offer guidance and advice when required. This open and direct style of interaction facilitates collaborations so that we can deliver sterling results.