- Degree Bachelor of Commerce
- Major(s) Human Resources and Marketing
- Current position Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Sanofi
Knowing I wanted to work with people, a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resources was a natural fit for me. While Singapore has many fantastic universities most of them offered fairly traditional Human Resource courses which are very straight and pure. Monash Business School offered the chance to do a combination degree and I decided on HR/Marketing. From my perspective, when you are working in human resources, marketing is something you need to understand as you are often marketing your company and selling it to prospective candidates. It felt like a good combination.
Since I graduated I have been able to work across many industries. As a graduate I went into the education industry, then I moved across into biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals. I have been at Sanofi for 4 years and have recently been promoted to the position of Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead, based in Singapore. In this role I manage and implement strategic enterprise programs, develop and deploy global inclusive workplace practises and evolve cultural efforts in supporting Sanofi’s global diversity and inclusion approach.
The more I researched Monash University the more I wanted to study there. It is very well regarded in Singapore and the Monash brand is well respected and familiar. There are many students in Singapore who have studied there and have come back and contributed much to their chosen professions. The Monash Business School in particular is very reputable and has a long history of connecting people not just within the school but also in the outside world.
"In my line of work, knowing how to work together effectively and get the best out of each member of a team is essential. I gained these skills while at Monash."
Coming from Singapore, one of the things I think is so fantastic about Monash is that it really provides an East meets West perspective. It is such a melting pot and you can congregate in terms of language, culture and ideas with different nationalities and different ethnicities. This was a really refreshing perspective for me as it forced me to look at things through a new lens. Now I look back, I see this provided an excellent start to a career managing many different types of people.
I found the curriculum at Monash to be very rigorous. There was a lot of group work, which I found very valuable as it allowed me to work with many different people. The staff make a point to ensure you work with different team members. This really helped me as it forces you to work together, to collaborate and to get on. This sort of group work also helped me to develop excellent communication, presentation and team-writing skills, which have been invaluable to me throughout my career. In my line of work, knowing how to work together effectively and get the best out of each member of a team is essential. I gained these skills while at Monash. It’s funny because while your formal qualification is often your entry-point to a role, it’s these sorts of skills that really determine whether or not you are a successful in it.
Monash has a reputation as a very strong research university. While this is important from a global sense it is equally so for its students. It means that the university stays relevant and at the forefront of thinking. It also means that students learn to construct and present research projects in a very methodical but practical way. I learnt to do this in a way that maintained the integrity of my own voice and I’m sure this has helped me succeed.