Hi Mindy! Tell us about your journey towards becoming a PEAK athlete in KPMG.
After graduating with a banking and finance degree, I was ready to step into the banking industry and carve out a career for myself. I took on a role in banking operations as a start, only to find out how competitive it was and how few opportunities there were for me as a new working adult. At that point in time, I was seeking a full-time job but had little luck.
Thankfully, after a networking session conducted by a joint operation between KPMG and Singapore Sports Institute, I was fortunate to be exposed to KPMG’s unique programs, and eventually became the first person to have two programs concurrently under the firm; the Non-Accounting Graduate Program, and the spexBusiness Program.
I feel incredibly honored to have the chance to pursue a career and yet still be able to continue living my dream as a National Athlete.
Could you give us a run-through of your typical work day?
Like any other working adult, I start my day by taking the MRT to work. Depending on where I am needed, I will often have to frequent the office, as well as my client’s office. However, the only staple is that I must have my coffee and breakfast to jumpstart my day!
My daily routine involves mostly audit field work and occasional discussions with clients. Overtime is very common in the industry during peak periods. This makes me even more thankful to my team for their companionship that makes the long hours seem shorter.
How do you incorporate sports training into your schedule?
During off-seasons, I will have 3 days of training which includes 1 weekend training session. Whereas during in-season, I will be training daily, except for Wednesday and occasionally Sundays when I have no floorball matches in the evening.
Training usually starts around 7.00pm and ends at 10:30pm. Hence, I will usually spend my Wednesdays and Sundays with my family for dinner, and to catch up with one another on our schedule for the upcoming week, or sometimes I meet up with my friends for a fun time as my recovery day!
What motivates you to keep going?
Although it is very difficult to juggle both my work and training, I would have to say that my passion for floorball is much stronger than the adversities I face. One thing I have learnt on this journey is that anything can be achieved if you set your mind to it, regardless of any obstacles that you might face.
Certainly, there were rough times which made me question whether it was all worth it. However, at the end of the day, when I step onto the court bearing the Singapore flag on my chest, and having a chance to make my country proud, I know that everything that I have done and sacrificed is worth it.
Apart from passion, the unwavering support I receive from my family members, peers and teammates also motivates me to keep going. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rachel Lee from ‘People, Performance and Culture’, who encourages me often and puts in so much effort in ensuring that my work and training schedules are well planned, so that I can focus on my competitions without compromising the quality of my work.
Knowing that so many people are cheering for me on the side-lines gives me the strength to train even harder to achieve my goals as an athlete.