Career Talks

Sesssion One
Date: 27 Feb 2013 (Wed)
Time: 0740 hr to 0835 hr

Summary of speakers:

IndustrySpeakerBrief Description
JournalismMr Melvin Singh, deputy editor of The New Paper
Mr Melvin Singh is from the pioneer batch of Victoria Junior College back in 1984, having spent his formative years in Victoria School from 1980-1983. He did his masters from University of Queensland in Australia. He spent 6 years with the police. He is currently the deputy director of The New Paper and having spent 18 years in the line of journalism, he would have lots of experience to share on this career path!
AccountancyMr Victor Poh, Senior Manager (Finance), Keppel Logistics Pte LtdAn ex-VJCian, Mr Victor Poh heads the finance team for the Logistics division of Keppel Group. He is also appointed as a director to PT. Keppel Puninar Logistics.

As a fresh graduate, he spent 5 years with PriceWaterhouseCooper, an auditing firm.
EntrepreneurshipMs Verleen Goh
Managing Director
Soyato Pte Ltd
Ms Verleen Goh just started her own frozen dessert company, Soyato, which specialises in Frozen Soy desserts (similar to ice cream but made with soy milk). Frozen soy is a healthier alternative to ice cream with more than 15 flavours including chocolate, hazlenut and mango, but it has no cholesterol and is very low in fat. Her partner and her took part in two business plans competitions, Startup@SG organised by NUS and Ideas Inc organised by NTU, and won 1st and 2nd in both competitions respectively with the idea and creation of Soyato.
HospitalityMs Amanda Lee, Resorts World Sentosa Ms Amanda Lee has joined Resorts World since 2009. Since then, she has moved between different teams in the HR Department. Ms Lee is currently overseas Manpower Planning, Building a Competitive Workforce and Stakeholder Relations.
MedicineDr Abraham. Consultant; Ear, Nose & Throat SurgeonProfessional Qualifications:
M.B.B.S. University of Singapore 1969  
F.R.C.S. Edinburgh   1975
F.A.M.S. 1981

Work experience      
Worked in hospitals in the U.K. and Singapore
Last position held: Head of E.N.T Dept/Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Private practice from 1984 till the present, Abraham Ear, Nose, Throat surgery at Paragon Medical
Visiting Consultant to Alexandra Hospital, S'pore
Visiting Consultant to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Spore

During the talk, Dr Abraham will share his views and talk about his experiences from the various stages of his medical profession.
Social WorkWilliam Ong, Class of 2001,  working in NCSS
William has been a practising social worker with the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centres (Sengkang) after graduating from the National University of Singapore(NUS) with a degree of Bachelor of Social Science Second Class Honours (Lower) in Social Work. He is accredited as a Registered Social Worker (RSW) by the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW).
He works with individuals/families encountering difficulties in the community through collaboration.  Apart from case management, he works with individuals/families seeking counseling services. Being a social worker has broadened his perspectives ranging from relationship, self and the society.

Session Two
Date: 6 Mar 2013 (Wed)
Time: 0740 hr to 0835 hr

Summary of speakers:

IndustrySpeakerBrief Description
Finance/BankingMr Shawn Lin, Portfolio Manager, Dymon Asia CapitalMr Lin engages in Global Macro Trading, the strategy of investing based on macroeconomic and political developments across the world. Mr Lin is particularly focused on the trading of Asian Currencies and Asian Fixed Income instruments. He will share about hedge funds; how has the Financial Industry changed since the crisis; and how does one decide if Portfolio Management within the Hedge Fund Industry or any other role within the broader Financial Markets is a suitable career choice.
Engineering Dr Gurdev SinghAn ex-Victorian who is currently with Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
On the website it states that his areas of expertise are
  • Membrane Science & Technology
  • Water and Waste water treatment Technology
  • Development of Nano-Materials for Environmental Applications
MediaMs Shenthil Rani, Senior Manager, Licensing and Acquisitions, IFP - The Passenger Experience ProviderMs Shenthil is an experienced media professional with a proven track record in media rights negotiation, programming, creative content management and new business development in both traditional and digital media.

She brings over 20 years of experience and has worked for corporations like Singapore Airlines, MediaCorp TV and The IFE Alliance.  In the past 12 years, she has managed international and regional projects on content development and rights negotiation on some of the world’s most popular film and TV properties.

Ms Shenthil has advanced degrees/qualifications in Hospitality Management, Customer Service, Life Coaching & Business.

In her spare time, her hobbies include enjoying music.  She also has a voracious appetite to read on all topics that cover the world of Social Media and its tool for engagement.
LawRay Chiang, Corporate Lawyer, Rodyk

Ross Tan, Litigation Lawyer, Rodyk
Lawyering from different perspectives: The Litigation (Court) Lawyer and the Corporate Lawyer.

Mr Chiang represents a range of companies and his work mostly involves drafting and negotiating agreements as well as advising companies on commercial laws in Singapore.

Mr Tan is a lawyer in the Litigation and Arbitration department, also from Rodyk & Davidson LLP.  His work entails representing both corporations and individuals in court, arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Science ResearchKarthik Kumar
Dr. sc. ETH Zurich
Dipl. -Ing. Univ. TUM


Mr Maurice Lee

Dr Karthik Kumar is a scientist with the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). Dr. Karthik Kumar attended Victoria School in the 90’s. He moved on to National Junior College for his A-Levels to pursue German as an A-Level subject. After his National Service, he read Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Germany on an EDB scholarship. He took up the A*STAR NSS PhD scholarship in 2005, and after working for 1 year at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, started his PhD in Switzerland, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH Zurich). He completed his PhD in Materials Science in 2010, and has been working in A*STAR at IMRE since then. More recently he has accepted a joint appointment with the Biomedical Research Council, A*STAR to understand the research landscape in Singapore better. In his free time, Karthik enjoys keeping fit and is an active Courserian.”

Maurice graduated from VJC in 2006, and was in the last cohort (05S14) of triple science & math. He was later awarded the A*STAR National Science Scholarship in his first year of NS. In May 2012, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign (UIUC), USA. It was there where he found his research interest in using physics to study biology. At present, Maurice is a research officer at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), where he plays with proteins and tries to understand how they work. He is also currently in the midst of choosing a PhD program, and is hoping to go somewhere nice for his next five/six years of PhD study.

For his part of the talk on a science research career, Maurice would be sharing personal experiences from the time when he was a student in VJC until his current position as a research officer. He would talk about how he chose a career in science research, how he prepared for this career, and what it is like to be a research officer in A*STAR?

PsychologyNatalie Lim. Director of Psych & Psych Consultants.Natalie holds a Masters in Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has received extensive training in Canada for many years and did her internship in counselling and psychotherapy before returning to Singapore. Since then, Natalie has worked as a Senior Psychologist at the Child Guidance Clinic, Institute of Mental Health.

Natalie has been in private practice for some years and continues to work with children, adolescents and adults. She uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) on patients with Pain, Insomnia, Depression and Anxiety. Her intensive course graduate programme module in CBT was taught by a Certificate Cognitive Therapist from The Academy of Cognitive Behaviour in Pennsylvania, an internationally recognised certification body, whose Honorary President is Dr. Aaron Beck. Natalie is also a Certified Hypnotherapist.

Natalie also administers assessments such as IQ testing, academic assessments, autism screening and neuropsychological testing for children, adolescents and adults. She conducts individual and group therapy for children and adolescents with ADHD and a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, depression and conduct disorders. She also teaches children and adolescents learning and studying strategies. She has conducted workshops and lectures for parents, teachers and other professionals.