For the past few months, I have been going for interviews after interviews as I was trying to find another job because I was not happy with the role that I am in. I was going for interviews at a rate of almost once a week. It was indeed tiring because you have to spend a lot of effort in preparing and getting ready for the interview.

Despite all the preparations, I noticed that I was always not able to get over the technical parts of the interview. One reason is that I have been applying to more senior roles…


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In the past few months, I had received requests from my connections in LinkedIn who wanted to know about my career journey into the tech space. When I asked them why they wanted to connect with me, most of them mentioned that they were intrigued by my profile.

My mentees ever told me that they seen a lot of tech profiles that typically come from computer science or technical background, whereas I was able to gain good standing in my career without having to go through that route. …


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For many years of my life, I have never experience a burnout as much as this episode. Maybe it is because I am getting older and my body is not able to sustain longer hours of work with little amount of rest. Nowadays, if I were to sleep late for a night, I would need to take the entire weekend to recover.

Regardless, I was still able to function as normal, performing at work and continue to pursue my hobbies. However, as I headed into 2021, I realized that my body is reacting differently as compared to the years before.


Recently, I had a lot of things on my plate and I didn’t manage to find the time to write a post. In my main job scope, there is an increase demand for more items to be delivered with limited resources and support. Hence, it causes puts more pressure onto me and draining my energy.

At the same time, I am very involved with activities outside of work. At this point of writing, I am helping out with a coding organisation that seeks to empower and help beginners to transit into tech. …


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When given a choice, will you want to receive $10,000 every month for the rest of your life or 1 cents that doubles every month. At the first glance, $10,000 is really a lot for any individuals and it may be tempted to take the first option. However, at the end of the day, you may not be the winner.

Let’s have a simple Excel calculation as below. If you have taken the first option, you will be way ahead financially. However, as time goes by, you start to see scenario 2 picking up the pace and growing in magnitude…


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We often hear about these common terms known as ‘generalist’ and ‘specialist’ when it comes to career development. It makes me feel that we need to decide whether our future paths should be a specialized or generalized route. Because of this, it could stifle our growth because we have a tendency to sit on the fence in order to delay on our choices in life.

Before expressing my opinion, I think I would extract the definition of what’s a specialist and what’s a generalist.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary’s simple definition of a generalist states a generalist is “a person who knows…


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When I started blogging about a few years ago, I wanted to try something different, challenging and to be able to bring my skills a notch higher. I decided to create a youtube channel to share about my journey through videos. I felt that it would add a personal touch because I would be able to express my thoughts more freely.

Stepping out of the comfort zone

Making a video is completely different from writing a blog. The process involved is much longer and laborious. …


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Have you wondered how to go about studying SQL? I am pretty sure you may have heard about this term before but wondered how is it applicable to our daily work.

First of all, we have to understand why do we need SQL for our work. SQL is known as Structured Query Language, domain-specific language used in programming and designed for managing data held in a relational database management system (RDBMS) — taken from wikipedia.

As a starter, most of us arelooking at data at a very small scale. Normally, the files are in the form of Microsoft Excel. You…


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Whenever I looked back at my memories, I could say it was a really amazing journey. I often published about the ways to get to into the tech career and I do received quite a number of feedback about how much they enjoyed reading about my journey.

While it seems like everything is smooth-sailing, there were a lot of struggles behind the scenes. First and foremost was to face the fear of moving into an entirely new domain and starting all over again.

My initial subject matter expertise — Accounting

I graduated with a Bachelors of Accountancy so my first…


Classroom learning vs online learning

I have always been into learning, signing up for many courses ranging from life coaching to analytics, physical training to many other hobbyist types of courses. As such, I will often look up for courses to sign up. It could be online courses, courses from the company or physical classroom learning. Due to current covid situation, most of the physical classes have been moved to online. I definitely miss the times of being in the same room with my classmates but there are both pros and cons in moving to online learning.

The transition of physical classes to virtual classes

Clarence Tan

A recent convert from accounting to tech. Data Analyst and a tech enthusiast

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