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Youth Empowerment Summit 2020 – Career Webinar

Jun 2, 2020

So much fun in this career webinar as part of BIBD’s Youth Empowerment Summit 2020! Hosted by Shaun Hoon from Curious Mind, a wide range of speakers were interviewed to share knowledge and experiences from very different industries.

The Summit intends to become an annual international platform for youth from Brunei and the region to come together to learn, share and inspire positive change. To create future leaders that are forward thinking, global minded and socially responsible.

Our discussion covered my journey into the medical field and beyond and can be viewed below.

Shaun Hoon also summarised the highlights of our conversation below:

Understanding the purpose behind the choice of your career is critical. In times of doubts and difficulties, always remember why you chose what you do because the answer will help you to stand back up again. In my case, I chose to be a doctor because I wanted to help people and I wanted to make my family proud for being the first in my family to study overseas. So, I worked really really hard to claw back out from the dip in my early university year. No one thought that was possible. With a good enough reason why and plenty of determination, you can overcome any adversity and setbacks in life.

What makes a great doctor is the capacity to relate to other people. The ability to put yourself in your patient’s shoes, feel their pain and show them that you care, are critical ingredients that make you a good doctor.

At the same time, learn to manage your emotion. Strike a balance by decompressing and releasing your stress when you go home and start fresh again the next day.

Be professional. Compartmentalize your personal feelings, don’t let what happened yesterday affect the quality of your work you put in today because it will directly affect the patients you are going to see.

Develop your emotional resilience. Choose to be the person who will get back up again after a really hard knock instead of the person who gives up easily. Every time you choose to persevere, you build your resilience muscle. With practice, you will learn to switch on and switch off over time.  

You need to work hard. That’s a given. But when it comes to values, I think integrity is key. You have to be the person who do the right thing, not just what is right for you. Having integrity also means you are doing the right thing especially when no one is looking.

Be excellent in whatever you do. Even if you don’t end up in a job that you wanted. If you are so good in what you do, people will see the potential and opportunities will come. If you can perform your job well even in the area that you have no interest in, imagine what you can do with a job that you really want. And people will notice that.