Can you talk a little bit about your experience and journey before Excelian? What is your background?
I currently work as a Murex Consultant. I have been working in the IT industry for over nine years now, with eight years of them being in Murex. I have had an opportunity to work across theWorld - in Australia, Singapore (from 2012 till 2014) and also in Paris (from 2014 till 2015). I have been with derivIT since 2012 and joined Excelian through the acquisition. I can see quite a lot of changes in terms of processes, us getting access to different libraries and a mentorship program, which I enrolled in.
What do you like most about Excelian?
The first thing that we all noticed is the change in payroll processes. Everything is really smooth. I really like the Internal Mobility program: thanks to it, we now have access to multiple projects, and it is quite transparent for everyone at the organization. It is great to know that I can work in a different country, move to a different product line or experience a different culture. The library is also very good: we have access to many different courses. When you work in the financial domain, it is great to have courses on things like risk management, which are really helpful for me.
Could you please tell us about your experience with the Internal Mobility process?
My main driver for using Internal Mobility was the opportunities that I have found through the program. When I started seeing that there are roles in Singapore (and, as I mentioned, I had already worked here for two years before), I really wanted to come back, since I found a number of projects that were interesting to me. The process itself was very smooth. I was very excited about the role that I was going to play on the project. Singapore is a very strategic location, and there is a lot of work on the financial front. Once I talked to my managers in India about finding a new position, the solution was pretty clear: I opened my Internal Mobility profile and filled out a relocation request. Later I was contacted by colleagues from the Internal Mobility team: they were absolutely wonderful in helping me and providing constant updates about the status of my application. They also gave me information about my future role and the contacts of the project manager in Singapore. It really helped me to learn more and be well-prepared for the client interview. Overall, the Internal Mobility process is really well-defined here. Everything was very clear, and all the employees involved in the process are very approachable.
How quickly did you adapt to a new country? What are your first impressions?
For me, moving into Singapore was a fairly easy change. It was not difficult for me to adapt, especially with the local HR person, who is always willing to help. I also managed to quickly transition into the new project role. Again, with almost 100 people working for the same client, there are many people here who are willing to help you with the learning curve, the documentation, responsibilities, and many other things. Overall, I am happy to say the adaptation was quite easy for me.
Would you recommend Internal Mobility to your colleagues?
Definitely. It might be a different kind of culture for you, and you need to know where you are going, but Singapore is a fantastic place to work and live. You will be able to appreciate the kind of work that people are doing here, as well as the opportunities for your professional development, which are provided by Excelian.
What other opportunities do you have access to?
Before Excelian, I was primarily a developer, and currently I am working in an Analyst role. I have been a developer for over eight years, and I wanted a change. With Excelian, I managed to find and fulfill all the requirements in order to make this transition. In terms of the learning curve, I recently enrolled in the Mentorship program: the idea is to see how I will improve my skills in project management. On the functional side of things, I am learning a lot about finance and taking LuxLibrary courses on accounting and risk management.
What does your typical day look like?
My typical day starts pretty early (around 6 a.m.). I get to the office around 9 a.m. My workday ends at 6:30-7:00 p.m., and I try to catch up with the colleagues before heading home to relax. Work-wise, there are many different project activities throughout the day, including meetings, managing my own deadlines and deliverables.
What would your advice be for those who want to relocate using the Internal Mobility program?
I think the main advice would be to understand the country of your destination. Try to make an effort to understand its culture and learn the basics of the local language, so you will not be totally lost when you are there on your own. Local traditions and customs, things that are appropriate and the ones that are not – try to keep it in the back of your mind, and this knowledge will definitely help you on your way. I would also advise to extensively research your future role: the relocation manager will present the opportunities that are available to you in a new country, so you can have a chat with a project manager to see which one you like best. Your PM will inform you about client expectations, whether you will have to pass a client interview and how you should prepare for it. Then, of course, you should prepare for the actual move, i.e., getting a visa and other things – your relocation manager will help you with that. When you are there, be sure to sync up with your project manager and the client about the requirements for the role – and then work accordingly to improve yourself.