One can do a lot with what God has given to one, “to turn something ordinary to something extraordinary”, Catholic business people learnt at a talk recently.
Ms Christine Sim, who works in a human resource consulting firm, told the crowd at the Church of Sts Peter and Paul that it is this belief that motivates her to train retrenched workers to find jobs.
Ms Sim was speaking on Oct 31 at one of a series of talks, called My Journey, organised by the Catholic Business Network (CBN).
These talks feature Catholic business professionals sharing about how their faith has shaped their workplace practices.
Ms Sim, director of human resource consulting and executive search at her firm, said she had once given a polytechnic student a job during the holidays because the girl could not finance her studies further.
The girl later went on to become a chief finance officer and even recommended Ms Sim for a business project.
“We are where we are today because of networks,” said the parishioner of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who has been in human resource consulting, training and development for the past 20 years.
Ms Sim said she started out as an administration staff member but later decided to venture into training and developing workers to help them find new jobs.
This helped to expand her network of contacts and led to her being offered business projects and opportunities.
Ms Sim, who is in her 50s and a mother of three, said she is “still being headhunted”.
During the question-and-answer segment, a member of the audience asked her how she knew when it was time to make a career move.
“I trust God,” she said. “He knows where to move me to.”
Ms Sim, who has also worked in the academic and non-profit sectors, said she believes God created networks in her life as “stepping stones” to a “greater calling” in her career journey.
Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour parishioner Mr Philip Low, 39, shared that he found the talk “very educational” and “I definitely learnt a lot”.
Previous speakers of the My Journey series of talks include Member of Parliament and Church of St Ignatius parishioner Christopher De Souza, and Ms Janet Ang, IBM Singapore’s managing director.
CBN will hold the Christ@Work Conference for working adults at Catholic Junior College on Nov 30. For more information, visit www.christatworkconference.com.
By Clara Lai