Class of 2017, Singapore
Procurement Associate at GSK Asia (Management Trainee in the GSK Future Leaders Programme)
Linus Seah joined global pharmaceutical and healthcare company GSK in July 2017 and was put on the GSK Future Leaders Programme. The programme enables future leaders of GSK to experience different aspects of a chosen business area through job rotations and focuses on building leadership skills. As part of the programme, he will be rotated to different functions within the company over two years. Currently, he is working as a procurement associate where he looks at driving cost savings while simultaneously achieving best value from the goods and services that the company purchases. He sees his role evolving into other spheres including revenue generation and innovation. One of his main projects involved generating a regional strategy to revamp the merchandising services for GSK’s Asia Pacific operations.
Linus got to know of the GSK role via the College’s Career Services Portal.
While studying in Yale-NUS College, Linus spent half a year on the NUS Overseas College (NOC) programme at Tel Aviv where he worked at a corporate venture capital arm of Singtel and spent another six months at Harvard University. Linus feels this overseas exposure (the start-up scene at Tel Aviv, and top-notch academics at Harvard) has provided him with valuable opportunities to develop himself.
At GSK Asia, Linus enjoys the youthful and vibrant working environment as well as the mentorship provided by his company. He feels that the progressive mindset imbued in him during his time at Yale-NUS has served him well in his work. The other benefit of the liberal arts education, according to Linus, is the ability to learn things fast and put them into practice.
As a member of Yale-NUS’ pioneer class, Linus feels that there was the added challenge of prospective employees not knowing enough of the College and its graduates, but he was also encouraged by progressive companies who are open and excited about hiring Yale-NUS graduates.
“Another benefit of the liberal arts education I received is the training of ‘intellectual plasticity’, or more plainly put, the ability to pick up things and apply them quickly. In procurement where I’m given little time to understand an entire category or commodity, the training that I’ve received in school has definitely helped.”