What are you up to right now?
I recently moved to Norway about 3 months back, after spending 14 years in Singapore. And I am currently working with Schibsted Media group, one of the largest media companies in the Nordic region.
Can you tell us more about your current role and what made you decide to take on this role?
I am currently working as a Talent Acquisition Partner — finding the best Data & Tech talents across the Nordics. Since my sister lives in Oslo, I made the decision to stay close to family. This role was actually referred to me by a fellow JCU Exchange student whom I met back in 2009.
If you could highlight one memorable experience in your working experience so far, what would that be?
It has been only 3 months working here, and the focus on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging here is very empowering and helps you to bring your whole self to work. My previous work was with T-Systems Singapore, A Deutsche Telekom Company. I worked there for 7 years. My most memorable experience was creating the social media channels for the organisation and reaching over 10k Followers (on LinkedIn) in 2 years. It so happens that in one of the Global Townhall calls, I was called out by the CEO of T-Systems International for my work on LinkedIn and he mentioned that he followed me on LinkedIn and loved the content I was posting on my personal profile.
Our alumni, Clayton Don Corda (right) with his colleagues
What are some of the lessons learned or challenges faced?
It was my first internal role in recruitment for only one company — the company I work for. So, there was a mindset change. Thanks to my boss who helped me realise that I was hiring a colleague and not just filling a requisition for a client. This also set the tone for me to work closely with people and understand their hiring needs, giving me an opportunity to offer my input and knowledge. Now, moving into a new company, I was able to bring over this experience and mindset while adapting to an entirely new culture, but this helped me to adapt better.
How do you feel studying at the Singapore campus of James Cook University has helped you? What do you miss the most about your time at JCU?
It was my first exposure to people from different parts of the world. It was very exciting to meet them and learn about their traditions and culture. I really miss the different activities and events we got to take part in.
What would be your advice for current students?
Focus on yourself, put the hard work in, it always pays off, and remain persistent. Most importantly be kind and humble
I am relatively new in the country and company, so I am excited to contribute and share my knowledge and experiences from my life back in Asia
Lastly, JCU’s Strategic intent is ‘Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference’. How do you think you have made (or are making) a difference?
Hopefully, I have inspired people through my journey of moving from India, Singapore, and now to Norway. I share my experience via my LinkedIn posts and guide people when they seek help.