School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
I've worked on digital transformation projects at a Fortune 500, facilitated design thinking workshops and implemented new product features while working in a digital agency and now I'm innovating new approaches for data collection in research.
Research Assistant May 2018 - PresentSingapore University of Technology and Design Singapore
Account Manager Jun 2017 - May 2018Disruptient Singapore
supply chain executive May 2016 - Jun 2017United Technologies Corporation Singapore
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) Aug 2012 - May 2016Nanyang Technological University Singapore
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Q&A with Melvin Tan
How do you network effectively?
The first myth I would like to debunk is that networking is all about exchanging as many business cards as you can and making small talk to people in a business setting - e.g. lunchtime at a conference or seminar. Don't even worry about your job title on your namecard, most importantly aim to have people remember you very positively.
Always keep yourself up to date and read widely on business news and technology developments. When you meet business leaders at a networking session, instead of making small talk tell them what you think about current industry trends for example and encourage them to share their insights as well. Do not simply ask questions, but display your knowledge and analytical abilities as well. If you know of the specific people who will be at the conference you would like to meet, follow them on LinkedIn, read the articles they've published and share your thoughts when you meet them.
If you are working in a multinational corporation and there is a Vice-President from headquarters visiting your office, go out and meet them. Do not simply introduce yourself by your job title, but tell them in a few sentences on the initiatives you have to improve the company's processes and what you are doing to achieve them.
In summary, networking is not about knowing a lot of people, it is about winning respect from successful people.
Are personality types a good indicator of the likelihood that someone would succeed in the corporate world?
The short answer is no. Having met many successful business leaders in the corporate world and in startups, the people who are most successful are those who develop the ability to adapt their personalities to effectively lead the people around them and to execute their work.
Research by psychologists have found that there is no common type - extrovert or introvert for example among CEOs of the largest companies. What people's personality are like in their personal space is irrelevant as long as people are able to adapt and take on traits that they know will be effective when working with people at work.