I took up many jobs throughout my 20s in various industries, and though my job roles were varied, I found that I’m most passionate in people-facing roles as I enjoy my interactions with every person I meet and the connections formed. It was in one such role with a medical concierge that I got to know more about the financial services industry, the positive impact financial consultants could make in people’s lives, as well as the potential for career progression. I realised that this was the career I wanted, where I could find fulfilment in the work that I do. Over the next 3 years, I set myself to further my academic qualifications and obtain the necessary certifications and skillsets to succeed. It was a long journey, and not without its difficulties, having to juggle a full-time job while studying for my degree, but I persevered with the conviction that becoming a financial consultant was the career I’d been looking for, and in July 2020, I became a licensed financial consultant.
I aspire to be known for my work ethic by both my clients and my peers. I don’t want to be someone who’s just in this industry for a short stint and lose passion for what I do. I want to be known for my honesty, telling clients like it is, my hard work and also to show my dedication towards my colleagues and clients. To achieve this, I push myself over the years to build strong habits as I know it takes consistency in effort, work ethic and integrity.
While it has not always been smooth sailing, I remain motivated by my wife who encourages me. Her support reminds me why I am doing what I do, and makes me want to push myself further to give my best to her and my clients, to continue to make an impact on others’ lives and to build a better future for my clients as well as my loved ones. One of the most rewarding moments in this career is when my clients holding managerial or C-suite positions in the corporate world place their trust in me and my planning. This gives me the confidence and certainty that I do have the ability and capability in my work.
The financial advisory industry is ever-evolving and there is always much more to learn and grow both personally and professionally as financial consultants. I believe each of us has to continually grow to remain competitive and stay on top of our game to find success in this industry.