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Got A Phing?

Author: Mei Phing Lim

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Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? — A careers podcast you should listen to if you want to Grow Your Career Online + Offline 🚀

Hello, I'm Mei Phing! I am a Professional Career Coach and International Speaker with more than a decade of experience at some of the biggest companies in the world.

** To learn more about what I do, connect with me⤵ **

► https://www.meiphing.com

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Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today’s podcast I talk about my top 10 things in 2020 as a 1st year coach. ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today’s podcast I talk about the top 10 things I learned in 2020.  1- There is no perfect time to start and you'll likely suck at your first attempt. If it's important, begin today. 2- Friends and family are the most difficult to convince with "crazy" ideas. Believe in yourself. 3- If you are procrastinating, you're either afraid of the outcome or don't believe in the "work" enough to do it. 4- Stop comparing yourself with others - you are not them. If they are good at something, then learn that skill. 5- If you're annoyed at someone, it's your problem. You can't change them, but you can learn how to deal with it better. 6- Copycats are everywhere, don't let them stop you from doing what you do best. You're the real original. 7- Most people want to be successful, but are unwilling to put in the time and effort. Actions matter more than words. 8- Make sure you know where you're going. Driving a car to nowhere will end up nowhere. 9- Your mental health matters. Do one thing that gives you happiness daily - even if it's something small. 10- Choose love. My best decision ever was to quit my job and spent my mum's last days with her before she passed away. ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about why people choose the wrong jobs. I've been seeing a lot of requests and messages from people asking me to help them find a job. So, normally I like to ask them - what is their current career situation and what kind of jobs are they looking for? Most of the times the answers that I get are very feeling-based. What I mean is this - they know that they want to leave or they have been made redundant (which is really unfortunate) but they don't really know what they are looking for. A lot of it is really a push factor as they feel really unhappy or something just doesn't feel right, they couldn't get along with their colleagues etc. However, they don't really know where they are heading towards.  So, they are just rushing on applying for jobs and attending all these resume/interview workshops without first knowing - what are they good at? What do they actually want to do? What really went wrong in their previous job and make sure that it doesn't happen again in the next job.  The problem is they didn't know what they wanted and what's really important to consider when they chose the job in the first place.  ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about how to become a top performer at work. If you have been following me for some time now and you have been exposed to my work, I'm sure you are aware that I have worked at global companies and consistently ranked as top performer regardless of the role that I've taken over the years in my corporate career.  When I was in corporate and even now when I'm a coach, one of the very common questions I get asked is "How do you become a top performer? Is this a natural talent or is thing something that someone can work towards?" Are there any specific skills that can be picked up so that you can also become a top performer? Nowadays in my work as a coach, I work with people from all across the spectrum, from junior all the way to very senior people in the corporate world. I have also worked with people who are facing lots of challenges going through their day-to-day tasks and meeting deliverables - all the way to the other end of people who are very highly educated and hungry to achieve more. In terms of understanding it personally and in my course of work, I have made some good observations on what makes a top performer. All in all, I would say, to become a top performer it is something that can definitely be learned. It's not about who has the most talent - it's about the vision that you see for yourself. ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I explore when does confidence turn into arrogance? As you guys know know I am very active on LinkedIn where I connect with a lot of students, fresh graduates, working professionals from junior staff and all the way up till Managing Director level. Recently, one person asked me - how do I know when I'm being confident vs when I'm being perceived as arrogant? Is there a difference? Is it good or bad? What should I do? I thought that was a very interesting question and it's something that will continue to be very relevant whether you are a student presenting a project at school, a fresh graduate looking for a job or even an experienced professional who attends an interview with hopes to advancing their career. I live in Asia and particularly in Asia we are expected to be more cautious of how we are being perceived because respect is a really big thing here - culturally. A good question to ask is - what do you define as as confidence?  So, when you see someone that is confident what kind of qualities do that person have? Now think about an arrogant person - what qualities do that person have? ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about which is better - education or experience? So, recently I've been working with a number of people - students who are fresh graduates, some who are pursuing their MBA looking for better career opportunities, and those in their 30's-40's who are looking for a career transition and have taken up a specialist course etc. Hence, the natural question that I got asked quite a bit is - what kind of certification, qualification, program or degree I should take if I want to get into this area? One thing I observed is when people are looking for a career change, the initial question that they ask if 'can I take a qualification?' or 'Can I paper qualification give me higher chances?' In today's podcast I'll share with you my thoughts and what I've done for myself (psst, it was more towards the experience, skills and positioning side). ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I talk about how your personality can affect your job or career success.  A lot of people ask me - What is really the secret to doing well in your career? Well, there are a lot of answers to this - some may be fancier than others - I'd say the reality is this: Self-Awareness. It always starts with self-awareness.  And, when I talk about self-awareness, a lot of people don't get it either. It sounds like a big woo-woo word that is being used around but very few people know what that actually means. So, let me give you a hint - it starts with getting to know your own personality because ultimately we are all different and we have a distinct personality with very different characteristics.  It's really important to understand how you are wired because it does affect the way you think, feel and all the actions that you take. I'm not saying that you can't develop the skills that may not be very natural to your personality - absolutely you can do that.  I have done that myself! How well do you know your default personality?  ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about how to avoid getting stuck in your career.  Most people I talk to don't seem to have an idea of where they want to be at in their career. Unfortunately, due to the this lack of career planning, career strategy or whatever you want to call it - most people end up getting stuck. So, they might end up in a job for longer than they should have or would like to, they might end up in a position without any progression or promotion and basically ending up creating less and lesser value for themselves and their employer. This is becoming a very common issue as I am currently working with a wide range of clients and this is a common topic that I hear across the board - and help them address it. It's happening to those of you who have been working for a year, 3 years, 5 years and even 20 years. This is concerning - because in today's job market you want to make sure that you are adding the most value possible - you can really only do that by having a career plan or career strategy. Otherwise you will get stuck in your career at this time when options to move on or progress may become more and more limited. So, what's the first thing you need to do to avoid getting stuck? Self-awareness. ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about how to identify your skills gap and more importantly, how to actually fix it. So, skills is a topic that I'm highly passionate about because since early on, I realised that I could do so much more and I could go so much faster if I could just identify what I was lacking.  Nowadays, we hear people say that they are very stressed out - they can't do their job well - they are unhappy etc. Basically the major root cause of stress is the feeling of lack of control (i.e. no control). After working with so many people in over 43 countries and I've also travelled to 37 countries (so far), I have learned something very important that is - the major cause of stress is lack of control and this could be caused by the lack of skills/ competence.  It's not about getting motivation "ra-ra-style" - yes, I guess that helps sometimes for encouragement and inspiration, but we can't constantly be seeking these from others. The best motivation comes from within - like I always say - confidence comes from competence! ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about what you need to know about career growth. Is career growth really about job-hunting? Is it your first job? Is it the performance reviews that you do every year in your current job?  Career growth is a very big word and different people have different interpretations on what that means. Personally, I have spent 11 years in the corporate world climbing higher and higher - year on year. This is a very common question that I get asked by my community, clients and many other people - How did you move up the corporate ladder so quickly? **Check out EP30** In this episode, I want to share how you can take charge of your career growth. This is something really important - YOU. Your career growth is in your hands! It's not about relying on your manager or boss to think of a good role/job for you or your progression.  It's you needing to decide where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years and take steps to move towards that. This is a common question asked in interviews, and most of the time people give it fluffy answers or rehearsed interview answers. This is actually a very important question that you need to ask yourself every year. At the end of the day, career growth strategy/ career development/ career management is a must because without direction, you will get nowhere.  ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I explore whether - will creating content fuel or harm your corporate career. This is a very interesting topic because of the rise of professional social media platforms such as LinkedIn. In fact, nowadays, LinkedIn is way more popular for younger professionals to hang out - even older professionals as well. It's a wide spectrum of people networking on this platform looking for opportunities. With that - we also have service providers such as marketers, consultants, coaches and others who are looking to grow their business on such professional platforms. With the mix of all these folks from different backgrounds - there is one common thing - content. Because of the rise of content and more entrepreneurs - coaches, consultants etc - actively creating content, it does create some competition or in a sense, a lot of inspiration to those of you working in a corporate job. Are you that person who is a professional who has a 9-5 corporate job getting very very inspired by all these content - sometimes pretty controversial content - and feeling like you also have to create content to get attention? Because that is what those personal branding gurus are telling you to do. ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I talk about what you need to do when job networking.  Nowadays, networking is a very popular term - there are lots of online professional networking platforms such as LinkedIn and other (personal) social media like Facebook and Instagram. However - if you are networking for a job, it's a little different from general community networking in terms of approach. LinkedIn is one such networking site for careers and businesses. Today I want to remind everyone - you need to ask yourself... when you are on LinkedIn, are you networking to get better jobs and career opportunities, or, you are networking to establish yourself as an influencer? These 2 sound very similar but they are actually quite different - whichever one that you choose, it is going to be a different strategy in terms of the people you connect with, the topics that you share (if you choose to share content) and how you choose to update your profile.  ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about what you need to fix in your resume as well as your LinkedIn profile - if you're using it as your online resume. As you guys know I've been a Director at Standard Chartered Bank for some time and as part of my role, I was also the hiring manager for my team located in Singapore as well as globally. One thing that people don't fully recognise is the hiring manager or HR team really only spends 10 seconds reviewing your resume - yes, that's right - 10 seconds! Because most of the time these people are busy - just like how I was really busy and when I receive a pack of 30 resumes from HR I had to take time away from my day's priorities to review the profiles. So, how much do you think is allocated since everyone is really busy? It's really important for you to understand that your resume needs to be written in  a way that makes it easy to read. I have seen many fresh graduates and jobseekers receiving incorrect advice that that their resume template needs to be very fancy - this is not true. And, so many other things.  ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about what you need to know as a jobseeker. We have all been there... a jobseeker. I have been there myself - many people are in this situation that you find yourself in right now. The thing to know is that it's completely normal and it is a temporary phase.  There are some key tips that I want to share today. I also want to share a pattern I'm seeing online where I see lots of jobseekers getting distracted with learning and creating a lot of online content - I'm not saying that's not good. That's good if you are in the process of upskilling yourself and in your free time. If you're in the jobseeking phase, you don't exactly have that 'much' free time. Let's talk about it - what is the real 'job' of a jobseeker? Or the real activity that you should be focused on? So, are you... 1- Enhancing your resume/ LinkedIn core profile to reflect your skills, experiences and how you can bring value to your next employer? 2- Communicating and reaching out to those who can help connect with you with the role that you're looking for - connections, recruiters or HR? 3- Looking out and applying for the roles that you're really interested in? ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I talk about the last corporate position which was the Senior Director and Head of Governance at Standard Chartered Bank. So, this was a very interesting role for me because I joined this business team right after a personal sabbatical. This business team that I joined was actually the team I supported in my Financial Crime Compliance role previously and they were my business partners at that time.  Again, I want to emphasise that it is so important to focus on networking and keeping in touch with people who understand your value and they would very gladly want to work with you. I got the offer to rejoin the bank to lead the risk management and business governance of a $1.5B portfolio. It was exciting times especially for someone like me who has an accounting background and started in audit, sometimes it's difficult to envision yourself to move outside of the 2nd or 3rd line of defence just because it's not that natural to do so.  I'm here to tell you that it's totally possible if you focus on the core skillset. So, this is also a very challenging role for me as I had to step up from a regional role with multi-functional reach into a global role managing 43 markets.  ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about how I got into financial crime compliance and doing due diligence reviews on some of the biggest banks in the world as part of my role at Standard Chartered Bank. Back in 2015, I was headhunted to join SCB Singapore in a regional role covering Asia Pacific. It was a new team that was established to manage the challenges that SCB had faced in the AML space in the past couple of years. So how I got the call from HR was very interesting. The answer: A very complete LinkedIn profile! What really stood out where my past experience as a regulatory auditor with EY and the regional travel in the internal audit role I did with VISA, that really mapped with the job opening. I consider this role the most challenging role in my career that presented me with various challenges to overcome and important skills picked up along the way. ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about the time I was an internal audit and an internal controls specialist with one of the biggest global payments company in the world - VISA. So, this was one of the really fun roles I've done up till that point in time because I got the opportunity to travel all around the world with VISA. I've been to many parts of Asia visiting the big cities - the different people, cultures and backgrounds.  If you guys have been following me for some time now, I'm sure you know that I love travel. This role with VISA really enabled me to fulfil my personal and professional aspirations - that was extremely exciting at that time! I took up the role in internal audit... After many years in external audit, I realised that I did not like numbers so it was a natural progression for me to move into an area that I felt that I was a lot stronger in - internal controls assessment.  The opportunity with VISA came at the right time as I was pretty much scrolling LinkedIn, saw the job, applied and got it after 5 rounds of interviews! ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to talk about the time I spent as a regulatory auditor with Ernst & Young Singapore.  EY is one of the biggest global accounting firms in the world and I joined the financial services department in 2010 - long time ago.  So, when I joined I was initially doing external audit for some time. Later on, I was given the opportunity to try out compliance reviews on behalf of the regulators. In case you are not very familiar with financial services, this is basically the industry that includes banks, insurance companies, fund managers etc- basically the highly regulated entities.  As part of my role doing regulatory reviews, I had to understand the regulatory policy, perform qualitative reviews, analyse control gaps that would lead to non compliance. ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I talk about my corporate experience as an external auditor, which was the first 'real job' I took with a very small audit firm back in Penang, Malaysia. I was an external auditor for quite a number of years - probably close to 5 years - with two separate organisations. One was the small company I just mentioned, while the other one was Ernst & Young Singapore with the financial services department. If you guys are not in the finance line, I'll share a little bit more with you... If you have taken an accountancy degree or something similar, a lot of times you will need to complete your practical experience. In most instances, people would join an audit firm to make sure they get that experience and get used to the fast-paced and busyness of it all. So, that was what I did too.  ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
Hi - Welcome to Got A Phing? In today's podcast, I want to share about my journey up the corporate career ladder for the past 10 years in the corporate world.  Recently I've been getting some comments such as "Oh, you look too young to have actually done anything in the corporate world at all" and "You look too young to have any real experience leading people and teams". How wrong they are.  In fact, I've had a lot of experience - very intense experiences at that.  So, I thought I'd share it via this podcast today in a quick and nicely summed up story of my corporate career, the roles that I've taken, some of the key points around that and how I transitioned. ** To learn more about what I do, connect with me ⤵ ** ► Website: https://www.meiphing.com ► LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiphing ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meiphing.co/ ► More Links: https://www.linktr.ee/meiphing
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Qing Hong

I believe it's refreshing and insightful to listen to this podcast especially for new graduates! There are some big tips in the end!

May 19th
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