While interning at Amazon and Shopee, Ms Perlyn Chew often had to straddle the seemingly opposing worlds of engineering and business management.
When she was part of Amazon’s technology consulting team, she had to come up with technical solutions using cloud technologies and data analytics to meet the business needs of clients.
At Shopee, she worked as a technical product manager, acting as a bridge between the different teams – business, software engineers and quality assurance testers – to ensure that a product met market demands.
“These roles required me to have a strong understanding of both the technical and business aspects, and the communication skills to be able to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders,” she explains.
The computer science undergraduate credits her ability to do so to the Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP), NTU’s flagship engineering programme that covers a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary subjects bridging engineering, business and humanities.
As part of her REP curriculum, Ms Chew took modules in business and technology management which she says has complemented her engineering studies.
“The REP programme has helped me understand the importance and benefits of using technology in business while fuelling my passion for empowering businesses through technology,” she says.
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Published Feb 17, 2023
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