I have always been interested in tech, long before joining Siemens. I spent most of my professional life working in the banking and FMCG industry. It was only until I started working in a solar technology startup and moved to Nicaragua, I came to a realisation of how much I was drawn into the tech world, especially when it serves greater purposes.
Soon after that, I joined the Siemens Graduate Program. A two-year international management program that gives young individuals an excellent training experience. It was an amazing way to travel as well as to explore different cultures and market environments, while developing my skills at the same time.
After completing the program, I was offered to lead Siemens’ Digital Enterprise Business for South East Asia – a business unit focusing on smart solutions for buildings. I’m currently engaged in providing digital products to create safer and more dynamic workplaces as my primary responsibility, and I feel like I am really making a difference. I can definitely say I’ve found my passion.
The lure of tech
My previous jobs tended to revolve around marketing and consulting – I studied international management and business administration in Switzerland, US and Malaysia. After being a “generalist” for a long time with a broad but not specific background, I started the role in a small social enterprise. In the Swiss company, I managed the go-to-market for cutting-edge solar pumps for small and medium farmers, who mainly resided in Nicaragua.
This was where I really came to understand how technology can make such a huge impact for individuals & communities in the context of improving their lives. I decided to pursue a further career path in tech to change the world (even if it starts in small steps) because I saw the value and benefits I can create through it, especially for the less privileged.
I had heard great things about Siemens as a company including their broad portfolio and expertise in renewable energy, smart cities, healthcare, and digital workplaces.
The benefits of the Siemens Graduate Program
I ended up on their fantastic graduate program of two years, which started in Germany, moved over to Singapore, before heading to Switzerland for my final eight months.
The program set me up with a wide range of opportunities for my future. A lot of time and funding were being invested in developing my hard skills and leadership abilities. Moreover, I was able to expand my network inside and outside of Siemens. All these factors enabled a smooth transition into my new role.
The opportunity to live and work in foreign countries was also a huge perk for me. I was always very interested in knowing more about new cultures and how people around the world try to solve problems in different ways. I thought that the more I travelled, the better I would be able to look at situations from different perspectives instead of sticking to a narrow-minded approach.
When I heard that the Siemens Graduate Program gives you the ability to learn from various mentors and business segments, which widen my horizon as an individual, I couldn’t say no!
Now I’m doing what I love
My line of business at Siemens includes everything that is related to IoT, Analytics or Cloud-based services. I am helping to make infrastructure resilient with IoT (Internet of Things), optimising investments with SaaS (Software as a Service) delivery models and making peoples’ lives easier & more convenient. I’m also concentrating a lot on ‘smart’ workplaces and offices right now, which has become a bit of a buzzword, but I have become genuinely passionate about it. In the age of COVID-19, technology enhances the way we work together, gives us a sense of wellbeing and ensures safety.
I feel very lucky to have entered Siemens the way I did. As a result of my participation in the management program, I got to see the company’s different facets and met so many awesome people & colleagues around the world. It has given me a broad perspective and a thorough understanding of Siemens as a whole, which has certainly helped me to manage my role and responsibilities as I’m leading a small business unit now.
If you’re interested in joining the program, you can find all the information of Siemens graduate program on our website and learn more about digital career opportunities at Siemens here.