Tell us a bit about what you do for work.
I’m a content lead in the blockchain industry. Simply put, to tech professionals, I’m a creative; to creatives, I work in tech.
You’ve made quite a few career changes over the years. How did it lead you to your current line of work?
I actually studied law in university and became a legal trainee for a few months. While I learnt a lot and still credit much of my personal development to my time studying law, I realised that I wanted to be in an industry where I could be more creative.
I then went on to teach English at a tuition centre for about a year. Likewise, I learnt a lot, but my passion for empowering the younger generation was quickly overpowered by my dislike for dealing with naughty kids and their parents (laughs)—it’s a challenging role for sure.
I still had a passion to create something meaningful, and those desires led me to my present job. Here, I have the freedom to channel all my thoughts and ideas into action and truly deliver value to my company and clients, so I definitely think I’m on the right path now.
What advice would you give to those also looking to transition to a new career path?
If you’re feeling uneasy about making a career jump, it really depends on why you’re hesitant to do so. It’s easy for me to recommend a cost-benefit analysis, but I find that the larger issue is that our minds often become clouded by emotions.
On a basic level, we tend to think about the monetary benefits of a job, but there are also intangible aspects to consider such as time and skillsets. Fundamentally, life is an exchange of value—the same goes for our careers—so I’d advise you to do an inward examination to find out what you want out of your career and what skills you want to develop.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is to do what you love.
In my down time, you can find me—
—partaking in combat sports. I’ve been grappling since I was a kid, and have more recently fallen in love with boxing and Muay Thai. I’m also a bit of a nerd, to be honest. I enjoy studying about marketing, as well as growth strategies and entrepreneurial principals.
Other than that, I spend a lot of time playing Mobile Legends, so much so that I often reach the highest level, Mythic Glory, which I’m not too proud of (laughs).
Share with us the story behind your painted nails.
I used to be a chronic nail biter. It was a bad habit that I decided to quit in recent years. Surprisingly, it was a lot easier than I expected and I haven’t been biting my nails for about a year now. As such, I decided to give my nails a treat when I was in Bali to commemorate this accomplishment.
There’s a good chance I’ll get my nails done again, perhaps the next time you see me I’ll have full on Barbie girl nails! (laughs)
How do you typically dress for work?
I don’t consider myself to be very fashionable, nor do I have a particular style. I’ll wear anything as long as it’s the antithesis of wearing a tight suit in Singapore. My time in the legal industry gave rise to my burning hatred for suits and office wear, so I do my best to avoid that. Thankfully, in my current job, I’m free to dress pretty much however I want!