Juwita
Khoo

Technical Production Manager (APAC), Meta

“My version of success is small wins. Many want that big “Aha!” moment as an unlocked achievement, but to me, success comes in many forms. It is when contentment comes with the job – it’s a rare gem to find a career path that also enables you to grow and develop as a person. It is also when your ideas are heard and your contributions are appreciated.”

My version of success is small wins. Many want that big “Aha!” moment as an achievement unlocked, but to me, success comes in many forms. It is when contentment comes with the job – it’s a rare gem to find a career path that also enables you to grow and develop as a person. It is also when your ideas are heard and your contributions are appreciated. Truly, success is when you are happy and content with what you do as a living. To say that “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life” may seem overrated but it is really 100% true. I actually look forward to going to work every day and that is a small win every time.
The saying goes – “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, including yourself.”

My family is my biggest inspiration. Our parents instilled strong values in us especially when it comes to pursuing what we love. So from young, we were encouraged to go for what we felt connected to. At home, me and my sisters were always surrounded by our father’s engineering and computer hack projects. (He is a tech and engineering genius, I tell ya!). While I was pursuing a course in IT & Multimedia Design, I discovered that I had quite a knack for the arts, and this led me to a Creative Advertising and Film degree.

My tech journey has been fulfilling. I didn’t start in a tech company, but I was fortunate to work in different roles across multiple industries. I gained experience in customer service in HP, retail and wedding photography in my sister’s company, and even worked as a producer and service delivery manager at a few financial institutions. I guess this combination of ‘career adventures’ landed me in one of the best workplaces!

I think many people have this perception that tech is mundane and monotonous, but if you get into the right line of tech, I think it can be exhilarating, fun, tough but fulfilling.
In the initial stages of my career, I have been consistently undermined and underestimated for obvious reasons. It was a constant pressure to prove that women are worthy and valuable. Society tend to be harder on women. It was unfortunate back then that we had to work harder to gain trust and credibility. But persevere, it is not a competition but a journey. You will reap the rewards of it down the road. Eventually, I built my own reputation and personal brand. That is how people will recognize the quality of your work.
Feelings of imposter syndrome are common in many workplaces especially among minorities, women, people of color and people with disabilities. We are often made to feel like we don’t belong, or you doubt yourself. And it makes you uncomfortable that you constantly have self-doubt. I once had a peer who said – If you don’t feel uncomfortable, you are not learning. And that stayed with me.

I switched my perspective and changed that challenge to an opportunity. It is also healthy to build your trust circle wherever you go. I also became a champion of my own growth and progress. Always own your charter!
I would tell myself not to be too hard on myself. I grew up striving for excellence and sometimes am too hard on myself when things don’t turn out the way I plan it to be. We are all uniquely powerful and sometimes it is ok not to be ok.

I would also tell myself to look up and don’t look down. Care less about the depth of the ocean while diving or how high you are in a tall building. Look ahead, look forward and enjoy the view before you miss it.
I see myself furthering my career to even greater heights and mentoring others. Confidence is something that I’ve built along the way, and I have grown to be a strong and empowered woman. And I hope by then, we manage to change the narrative of Women in Tech.