Go Get ’Em!
These three career women are proof that cultivating good habits pays off.
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!”