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The Power of Mentorship in Professional Growth

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  • Mentorship is a powerful tool for career advancement, as demonstrated by Mr. Shoon's rapid rise within Obayashi Singapore.
  • Obayashi Singapore's commitment to continuous learning and employee empowerment contributes significantly to its ranking as one of Singapore's top employers.
  • The company's mentorship program exemplifies the importance of nurturing young talent and fostering a supportive workplace culture for business success.

Singapore, where architectural marvels and engineering feats dot the skyline, the story of one engineer's rise to new career heights through the power of mentorship stands out. This narrative not only sheds light on personal growth and professional development but also underscores the pivotal role companies like Obayashi Singapore play in nurturing talent within the construction industry.

For Mr. Shoon, a 35-year-old engineer, joining Obayashi Singapore in 2016 was a step into a world of endless possibilities. The company, known for its role in iconic projects such as Jewel Changi Airport and One Raffles Quay, offered him the chance to work on the Bird Paradise project. This opportunity was not just about adding another prestigious project to his portfolio; it was about embarking on a journey of continuous learning and empowerment.

The turning point in Mr. Shoon's career came when he was introduced to the company's mentorship program. Under the guidance of Mr. Chia, whom he affectionately refers to as his "Jedi master," Mr. Shoon experienced a transformation. From a junior engineer, he leapfrogged to the position of assistant project manager, skipping two levels in the process. This remarkable progression is a testament to the power of mentorship in unlocking potential and accelerating career advancement.

Obayashi Singapore's commitment to creating an environment where employees feel valued and empowered is evident in its focus on continuous learning. The company's mentorship program, launched in 2023, is designed to nurture young talent and foster a supportive workplace culture. By pairing new hires with seasoned engineers or managers, the program facilitates personal development, idea sharing, and an understanding of company practices.

Now, as a mentor himself, Mr. Shoon is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with younger engineers. He believes that knowledge sharing is crucial for both organizational and individual success. His story is a shining example of how mentorship can not only transform careers but also contribute to the creation of a learning culture within an organization.

Mr. Shoon's journey from a site engineer to an assistant project manager at Obayashi Singapore is a powerful illustration of how mentorship can elevate careers to new heights. It highlights the importance of companies investing in programs that support continuous learning and employee empowerment. As Obayashi Singapore continues to rank among the top employers in the country, its commitment to nurturing talent and fostering a culture of learning remains a beacon for others in the industry.

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