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02 May How I Transformed my Career with a Leap of Faith

Being Chinese-educated and having attended only secondary school, I watched the opportunities of career growth whisk past me over the years. As society advanced, the use of English Language became more prevalent.

Having been in the workforce for over 2 decades, going back to school had never crossed my mind. Apart from a secondary school education, I had never attended any courses. As a student in my teenage years, I didn’t do very well academically, and so I thought I would never amount to any good going back to study.

Throughout my working years, I took on many roles and job functions. I had been an office coordinator, customer service personnel, HR assistant and now a production planner in a chemical plant. Part of my job role is supervising a team of 3 storekeepers to ensure goods are properly unloaded from containers.

If people more matured than me can learn, so can I

It was through a friend that I came across the RACE Program provided by Centre for Career Excellence. I was excited about having the idea of being able to graduate with a Diploma with the help of coaches.

At the learning center, I noticed a group of matured learners attending a course called Workplace Literacy, gathering and discussing about their spelling homework. Right then, I was inspired by their learning spirit and life-long learning attitude. I decided right away that embarking on the RACE Program was the right thing to do.

Coaches offer guidance, motivation and support

Annabel_image4Initially, I thought the coach was just a personal tutor, whose job was to help me learn and handhold me through the course. But I realized later that their role was way greater than that.

I am very grateful for my assessors and coaches, Irene and Dayal. Without their presence, I would have given up on the course. They were always there to encourage me, giving me the assurance how I was enough and sufficient to do well in the course.

Instead of handholding me, they guided me; helped me think better and broader; helped me to develop confidence in myself, and gave me directions to improve. Had they hand-held me, I wouldn’t have learnt as much as I had. The true learning of this course was more than the materials and course contents; it was the path of self-discovery and stepping out of my comfort zone that made this course most valuable.

The true learning of this course was more than the materials and course contents; it was the path of self-discovery and stepping out of my comfort zone that made this course most valuable.

You don’t need a title to lead

In the RACE program, I learned about leading a team in one of the modules called “Lead Team”. It made me more effective at my job because whatever I had learnt could be applied right away.

Before I attended the RACE program, I had difficulties getting the storekeeper at my workplace to be vigilant about the accuracy of packing the right chemical products for our customers. Now, I could muster the courage to lead the storekeepers, instructing them and helping them realize the importance of being vigilant in their work.

Additionally, I started offering broader perspectives to my boss. He appreciated my initiative and solution-based contributions, and he has been giving me greater responsibilities ever since.

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A changed person: More confident about my life & my capabilities

After just 6 months since the start of my RACE Program, people around me started to witness a difference in me. They tell me that I am different – in a good sense. I am more confident when I speak; more courageous about voicing my thoughts; more tactful when handling interpersonal relationships, and a lot more excited about my life.

I am starting to reap the fruits of my labor. Having graduated with the Diploma in Leadership & People Management, not only am I more confident about my life and my capabilities, I feel more valuable in my workplace, more able to contribute positively to my company, and more capable to climb the corporate ladder.

~CCE

If you would like to start your path to career success now, visit here to learn more about the RACE program.

“How I Transformed my Career with a Leap of Faith”
as narrated by Annabel*, written by Ignatius Mah.

*Note: Names have been changed to protect anonymity.



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