Siti Nur
Fairuz
Khalil

Equity Research Associate, Bloomberg LP

“As cliche as it is, you are your biggest challenge. My confidence dipped back in uni when I saw my friends securing jobs before graduation. I was still uncertain and took up an intern stint while searching for a job. When a job was offered in my current company, I wasn't too sure of my capability. It was my first time working in a corporate environment, an MNC. Also, I was one out of the two Malay/Muslim in data. With the guidance of my senior colleagues and the support of my team lead, I started to gain my confidence in my role and continue to push my limits to perform my best.”

To me, success is leaving a lasting and meaningful impact. It ranges from creating a tool or establishing a workflow which improves operational efficiency or even memorable rapport with internal and/or external clients. This motivates me to continuously want to achieve greater heights.
I would say that the culture in my company encourages us to inspire one another. In the ever-changing fintech/financial industry, the phrase “if you snooze you lose” is very apt. We have to constantly keep ourselves updated with the latest software and trends to be relevant in this industry. Hence, we are pushed to integrate tech in every aspect of our workflow – be it in research, big data, or to achieve operational efficiencies.
As cliche as it is, you are your biggest challenge. My confidence dipped back in uni when I saw my friends securing jobs before graduation. I was still uncertain and took up an intern stint while searching for a job. When a job was offered in my current company, I wasn’t too sure of my capability. It was my first time working in a corporate environment, an MNC. Also, I was one out of the two Malay/Muslim in data. With the guidance of my senior colleagues and the support of my team lead, I started to gain my confidence in my role and continue to push my limits to perform my best.

Alhamdulilah, my company promotes diversity and inclusion. They will try to include women in management and leadership roles. I think the challenge today is that women are still afraid to step into tech and that there are limited platforms to encourage women. I think once there are more channels to promote and encourage women to venture into tech, more women will feel empowered take up tech roles.

Be proactive in your career journey and just start. Back then, I spent more time thinking how I could value add in different ways since there are already so many people in the tech field. When I was handed the project to explore Business Intelligence within my team, I didn’t realise that I was one of the first few in my department who knew how to use Qlik software. This opened up more opportunities for me to lead and train colleagues in this field. We all have many ideas but what differentiates you is the one who takes the step forward and acts upon it.