A Woman &A Man Essay

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Career History:Sales Executive in her family-owned electrical business, Lim Seng Soon Electric Company Pte LtdDirector in 24Hrs Service Engineering Pte LtdBusiness and Corporate Development Director of Jurong Technologies Industrial CorporationAn Unusual Company DirectorThe first time we met Joyce Lin was at the new Jurong Tech office, and they had moved into barely two weeks before. This was sometime in mid-February. She did not have a business card, as they just moved into the new premises and she told us to just call her "Joyce". She was very casual and did not appear to care too much if she was a Director or not.Then, we asked her about Jurong Tech. That was when her eyes lit up, and she beamed and became quite animated. She even took us to see her new plant which was really interesting.Breaking AwayJoyce started by saying she really admired Olivia Lum from Hyflux, and how she read the story of Olivia's struggle from rags to riches. In contrast, Joyce led a comfortable life. Her father owned an electrical business, the family lived in a huge house. The only problem was that Joyce's father did not believe girls needed much education.So after schooling for a while, her father told her to quit school and help out in his electrical business. She was put in charge of sales. She dealt with electrical engineers and contractors, as well as the electrical suppliers. She learnt all about electrical connections and circuits, and electrical engineering from them. After some years, she got restless and decided to leave.Finding HerselfShe worked for Jurong Shipyard (now known as SembCorp Marine Ltd) and was put in the marine engineering division. She was only in her twenties. She said, "Thinking back, I never realized how dangerous it was. When the boss asked me to go to the yard and check a ship, I just went. It never occurred to me the possibility that something could happen to me, a young girl then." As you know, the shipyard workers and employees are predominantly male. A woman sauntering around a shipyard.She learnt the business of providing electrical and electronic automation services to the marine and offshore industries. The business developed and expanded to include marine installation, maintenance and servicing of complex electrical and automation systems onboard ship vessels. In addition, the rage of products and services also expanded to include trading and distribution of marine electronics equipment as well as the provision of turnkey services, ranging from engineering design and procurement, to construction, installation and commissioning.As most of the new ships are elctronically-controlled and utilized recent technological advances, her experience in providing the electrical and electronic automation system services for such ships laid the foundation for her to diversify into electronics assembly and manufacturing. A Woman in a Man's WorldThe Business Takes OffThe new division, Jurong Hi-Tech was born to carry out subcontracting of...

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