Go Get ’Em!

Th­ese three ca­reer women are proof that cul­ti­vat­ing good habits pays off.

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Ju­liana Chan, 29, bio­med­i­cal engi­neer and ed­i­tor-in­chief of Asian Sci­en­tist Mag­a­zine The re­cip­i­ent of this year’s Sin­ga­pore Youth Award (SYA), Ju­liana jug­gles her job at the Agency for Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and Re­search with her pas­sion for writ­ing – she founded the online Asian Sci­en­tist Mag­a­zine in 2011.

“I never give up be­cause I know I’ll even­tu­ally be­come good at it. If you per­se­vere, you’ll see re­sults. When I was build­ing the web­site for my mag­a­zine, I had no knowl­edge of com­puter cod­ing. I spent many late nights teach­ing my­self from books and the In­ter­net, and trawl­ing fo­rums on trou­bleshoot­ing. It was time­con­sum­ing and frus­trat­ing; but three months later, I suc­cess­fully launched the web­site.” Glo­ria Mok, 40-plus, vi­cepres­i­dent of global events mar­ket­ing APAC at Citibank Glo­ria has found her niche in events mar­ket­ing, which she has been do­ing for the last 12 years.

“When I feel stressed at work, I ‘keep calm and carry on’ by go­ing for a walk to clear my head or do­ing some­thing else, like chat­ting with my kids. This ‘me-time’ – even if it’s just five min­utes – helps me com­pose my­self be­fore I re­turn to the of­fice. I man­age a team at work so it helps when my calm­ness and pos­i­tiv­ity rub off on team mem­bers – they don’t panic eas­ily or feel afraid to tell me about a prob­lem.” Ong Soh Khim, 40-plus, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment of me­chan­i­cal engineering at the Na­tional Univer­sity of Sin­ga­pore In 2012, Soh Khim be­came the fourth woman in the world and the first in Asia to be elected a fel­low of the CIRP, the Paris­based In­ter­na­tional Academy for Pro­duc­tion Engineering. She has also been con­ferred the Medal of Com­men­da­tion at this year’s SYA.

“I ex­er­cise ev­ery morn­ing be­fore go­ing to work – it wakes my brain and en­er­gises me. I lift weights and hula-hoop for at least 20 min­utes on week­days; when I have time on week­ends, I do 3km runs. I haven’t skipped a day of work­ing out since I started ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly in 2006. It hones my willpower be­cause it’s not easy wak­ing up at 6.45am ev­ery day – even on week­ends when the rest of the world is still asleep!”

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