I remember my manager’s career advice from my first job many years ago: “If you want to advance your career, join companies that are top in their industry.”
I held to this advice throughout my early days, and when I received the call to explore a role with Roche, I immediately said yes because I knew Roche was established and one of the largest healthcare companies. Little did I know that this decision would change my life.
Being at Roche has been a game changer for me for the last six years, as I have grown both professionally and personally, from being the first person in People & Culture (Roche Services & Solutions affiliate) as a Senior Human Resources Executive, to my current role as Strategy & Transformation Lead – People Strategy Implementation in the Strategy and Transformation network. We have definitely grown from the initial 30 people manpower to 900 staff today.
At Roche, I learned what it meant to make a difference in what we do. People who knew me outside of work have consistently expressed how they can feel my engagement and passion for the work I do, and this is all because I resonate with the organisation’s purpose of making a difference in the lives of patients, as well as its values of Courage, Passion and Integrity.
I admit that it was not a walk in the park. Starting from scratch meant constantly making mistakes, every step was a lesson to be learned and having to explore uncharted territory. I’m grateful for these experiences as they taught me to be resilient, courageous to be comfortable with not having to know everything and to be open to innovative solutions. Surrounded by leaders who coached and empowered me as well as my colleagues who provided a psychologically safe space to speak up and be accepted and respected for who I am, I was able to continue to develop my skills, my confidence and most importantly my values.
Throughout my journey at Roche, I have also been given numerous opportunities to be part of the community to make a difference both within the organisation and also beyond, from leading the Children’s Walk (raising RM 54,000 for a rehabilitation centre) and launching the Mental Health @ Work programme to fostering a more inclusive work environment through diversity and inclusion initiatives, just to name a few. These experiences allowed me to develop meaningful relationships while contributing to making Roche a truly great place to work.
A few years back, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to a Roche medicine, she was able to recover fully and to enjoy a quality life with us. This incident reminded me again of the value of the work we do here today, and the importance of us evolving the way we work because, at the end of the day, the patient is waiting for us. Every decision we make impacts their well-being. I am excited about my future with Roche as we continue to grow on our journey of making a difference in the lives of people and our patients.