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COMP career talk on “Preparing to build a professional journey”

Under the COMP Mentorship Programme 2020/21, an online career talk on “Preparing to build a professional journey” was organised on 5 March. We invited one of our mentors and alumni, Mr Andy Wan, Director and Head of Transformation of AXA Hong Kong and Macau, to share his career journey and the major changes that evolve to his role today.

Andy graduated from PolyU in 2000 with a higher diploma in Information Systems and a degree in Computing in 2004. Having worked in two Fortune Global 500 multi-national insurance companies, he has been focusing on the Financial Services Industry for 20 years with experience across various domains like technology, operations, distribution, project management, digital and business transformation in the local office as well as in the regional office.

Built his career from the ground up as an IT programmer, Andy began the career talk with the differences between a job and a career. He shared how he stepped on the career ladder from a starter to a leader and how he made his decision when facing choices in his career path. Andy also advised students to enhance both technical and soft skills before graduation as well as the ways of preparing for a job search.

Moderated by Dr Henry Chan, Associate Professor and Associate Head of COMP, a panel discussion on “How to prepare for a professional career?” was held after the talk. The attendees obtained practical guidance in the rich and thought-provoking discussion with the mentors. The mentoring activities aim at fostering a strong bond among the mentors and the students, allowing them to learn from the industrial alumni and seek professional advice on personal development.