Happyer is about providing our audience with a “real” and “authentic” view into jobs and companies. Our podcast is an extension of our mission to bring greater transparency to how people are able to look inside companies and get behind the scenes. We talk to founders of startups, and leaders across various functions and industries from startups to corporates to share interesting stories and career advice that can help others grow and learn.
Everyone struggles to find the right career family balance, get advice on making a success of both in this week’s podcast with Marie Claire Lim Moore, CEO of TransUnion Hong Kong. She also shares meaningful insights of financial business transformation with inclusion and diversity in the workplace, and employee engagement.
Marketing roles are required across nearly all industries and organisations of all sizes, if you are interested in a career in marketing, tune in to this week #HappyerWorkHappyerLife podcast with Chelsea Perino, Managing Director, Global Marketing & Communications at The Executive Centre. Learn about trends in flexible working, what a marketing role entails and tips for those of you wanting to apply for marketing jobs.
The Tech industry is growing six times faster than any other sector, find out how to get involved in Codeaholics Hong Kong, and explore the world of software engineers. In this episode, Pedro Pimentel, Lead Consultant of ThoughtWorks and Organiser of Agile HK and Codeaholics, tells us about how to start a career in technology and shares the amazing culture of trust within ThoughtWorks.
Formerly working with Christian Dior and being brought to Hong Kong on a consulting contract, Founder & CEO of Albert Technologies, the animated Antoine Vatar, tells us of creating his locally based company, changing the face of B2B technology, the luxury industry, employee engagement and nurturing a cohesive team. He stresses the importance of speaking your mind, knowing your values, and tips on making the right choice when choosing the right position with the right company.
Tune in to this week’s podcast about female entrepreneurs changing the face of business with Ines Gafsi, co-founder of Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide. FEW is an international platform that aims to connect, inspire and empower women for entrepreneurial success, by scaling their business locally and globally. Ines shares with us their secrets to success, as well as gives advice for the younger audience that are about to start their career in either a startup or a big corporation.
Interested in getting a deeper insight of the trends in sustainability-related jobs, together with tips and advice for applicants? In this episode, we speak to Chris Brown, Founder of ReThink, Hong Kong’s most ambitious event to help businesses accelerate change and move towards a sustainable future. Driven by his own personal interest and passion in sustainability, Chris pools together Hong Kong’s change-makers, sustainability practitioners and business leaders to provide a platform for impact, operation and action. Bringing stakeholders together brings expertise to life.
Sales, a career that many people aspire in working for, but don’t know how to enter. In this episode, we speak to Katharina, Founder of The Skill Shop, a professional sales and consulting training company, whereby she informs us of her own experience as Business Development Manager at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Katharina tells us how sales is more than just lead generation and profiteering, it provides context to the industry you’re working in, enabling you to grow your personal connections and make yourself a more attractive candidate.
In this episode, we are joined by Cary Shek, Vice President of People and Culture at Klook, one of world’s rapidly growing travel and tourism apps! Cary has a diverse background, working in different industries before eventually settling in HR. Excited by a career in an up and coming company in a fast growing industry, or just curious about what a career in HR entails? Not only does Cary give us some pointers as to working in Klook, she also offers her top of the industry insights as to how to prepare for the interview and be successful in your application so that you can get that dream job!
Curious about a career in finance, or just want to know more? In this episode, we talk to Renee Conklin, founder of RC HR Consulting to give us her insight into how to get that dream career in finance. Renee has an extensive background in the field, working for several prominent financial corporates, her tips will ensure that you are prepared for your career, and ready to apply!
The tech industry has been growing rapidly; are you interested to join the global trend? In this episode, we talk to Olevia Yuen, Talent Acquisition Specialist at PALO IT, who gives her insight into the industry and her tips on how to get into the world of tech. Olevia also discusses her experience working in the tech industry and for PALO IT, offering candidates an exclusive look into PALO IT’s highly agile and celebrated company culture!
In this episode, Belinda Esterhammer, previously on our show, rejoins us as our guest host, and speaks to long term friend, Fyiona Yong, an Intergenerational Leadership Coach who has held many prominent roles. Fyiona discusses her insights and gives pointers on how to bridge the gaps between generational groups in our societies, such as GenX and Millennials, to become an established and effective leader in the community and the workplace. Start to build your network, and establish those connections that will push you forward!
Bernard Ng, isn’t your traditional HR officer; with tattooed sleeves and pierced ears, he reflects contrast to your expectations. In today’s bristling episode of HWHL, we talk with Bernard Ng, a leading Talent Acquisition officer at Lane Crawford about the important things to consider when searching for your dream career. With an international background, Bernard has faced it all, from judgement in the workplace because of his tattoos, to working in the ‘big 4’. Do you want to make yourself ready for the workplace, then listen to this exciting podcast and find out more!
Aspiring to be a CTO? Ricardo Mota provides us with the ultimate advice on how to succeed in your career. His current position as Chief Technology Officer at gini allows him to create a big impact not only within the Fintech community, but also the wider world. His vast experience in various industries has allowed him to accumulate an expansive bank of knowledge, which he shares with us in the podcast. He highlights the importance of optimizing for the user among other integral aspects in achieving success.
Are you curious to pursue a career in fintech and banking? We will advise you and more in this packed episode, Medhy Souidi, who has an extensive history in the fin-tech banking industry and is currently had of DBS's fintech & StartupXchange, offers us a unique perspective and a deep insight into working in the industry. He tells us about how he got into the industry, and gives his advice from his experience, on how to prepare and pursue your career in banking and fintech!
Are you curious to know what working for a top Fortune 500 company looks like? We’ll bring the answers right to you in this episode, because we have Desmond Cheung here with us, who has spent the past four years with Microsoft. He tells us all about Microsoft’s work culture, how he’s created a successful marketing career without any background in it, and what you can expect when heading into job interviews and managing applications.
As a young woman looking to enter the world of entrepreneurship and marketing, we understand why all the uncertainty might make you feel nervous. Belinda Esterhammer, who also founded Fem Founded, a community of women-led entrepreneurs, is here to answer your question and assuage your doubts. Belinda is here to teach you how to know your ‘why’—get tips on a variety of issues, from tackling the gender pay gap to the importance of building your personal brand.
Want to be part of the team behind these new, fast-growing fintech solutions exploding into the wealth scene? With over 25 years of experience in the software industry, Josef Puchinger is here to tell you all about it. From how to stay abreast of current technology trends to informing you what the red flags are in companies, all you need to know about tech positions in finance is here in our latest episode.
Making the jump from big banks to a fintech startup may seem scary, but it's exactly what Ken Shih did despite working for more than fourteen years in traditional finance. He’s not regretted it once! Discover more about the divide between these two worlds through our latest episode, as Ken divulges helpful tips for those of you looking to start a career in either industry, especially in sales and marketing positions. Gain insights into Ken and Aqumon’s biggest failures, what you can learn from them, and how you can become a more informed salesperson today!
In this entertaining episode, we meet entrepreneur, business owner, keynote speaker, communication specialist, and former professional ballet dancer, Yamilette Cano. She tells us of her journey from Mexico to Asia, running a successful event company, how to manage a team when being acquired by a larger company, improving self-confidence and how to own your personal brand.
Startups! Are you ready? This episode we have an expert like no other, bringing to the table over twenty-five years of experience in business development and related industries. Eric Chan is the Chief Public Missions Officer at Cyberport, an extremely influential startup incubator in Hong Kong. Having successfully transformed the Cyberport Career Fair to an online-only event with over 3000 registrants, Eric talks about the hidden positives of the coronavirus pandemic, how startups can win the hunt for talent by making use of government subsidies and what students can do to really stand out from the crowd.
A lifelong passion turned fintech success, Julian Schillinger started programming at eleven and is now the co-founder of Hong Kong’s fastest-growing technology startup, Privé Technologies. If you’re looking to start a career in the fintech world or interested in starting your own company, our latest episode is perfect for you. Julian shares with us the best position to have in a growing startup, the challenges he faced as a technology vendor surrounded by a “build, not buy” bank mentality and the secrets he believes every startup aiming to be profitable should know.
Connect with Happyer at our website, www.happyer.io.
Culture fit, trust, and communication are key for WFH during Covid-19.
Are you worried about the impact coronavirus might have on the startup ecosystem? If so, this episode might be for you. We sit down with Felix Wong, an entrepreneur and community builder for AngelHub and WHub to discuss the pandemic and how startups can effectively mitigate the issues it poses. Discover valuable insights into how employers and employees can adapt and adjust to working from home and the ways in which startups can effectively transition to online work. Also in this episode is how you can stay positive, focused, and constantly growing during these unprecedented times.
Connect with Happyer at our website, www.happyer.io.
Learn more about the work Felix does by looking up his across-all-platforms social media handle, @Felix12777.
Books mentioned in this podcast:
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 days by Chris Guillebeau
The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun
Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown
How I won the lottery twice!
In this emotional continuation to our series, Julio Orr tells us about his personal struggles growing up in an orphanage, the ways these experiences have positively shaped his outlook on life, and how this has led to the creation of the first HR-in-a-box solution in Asia, Happyer. Appealing to next-generation jobseekers who prioritise work culture and a societal connection over a larger paycheque, we discuss how Happyer can help not only the 85% of workers who feel unhappy in their jobs turn their situation around but also companies seeking to attract and retain better talent.
Learn more about Happyer’s career platform and how it can revolutionise your candidate experience: www.happyer.io
How have alternative foods changed the way we view food? In what ways has the coronavirus impacted the restaurant scene in Hong Kong and how might the future look for the food tech industry? In this episode, we sit down with Spoonful’s founder, CEO and now a venture capitalist Max von Poelnitz as he spills all he knows from his impressive entrepreneurial experience—he’s had a hand in four startups to date—from the challenges a young company may face when entering new markets to why his recruitment strategy is always ‘hire slow, fire fast, one person could break your company or make your company!'