Long Yin is a Bachelor of Business Administration student at the National University of Singapore while working part-time as a Product Manager at Paceline.
1) To kickstart, could you share about your current role, what the company does and a bit about your career background?
I’m currently in my final year of studies for a Bachelor’s degree in Business, and working part-time as a Product Manager at Paceline.
Paceline is a company that pays people to be healthy. By aligning your physical health with tangible financial benefits, we believe we can change the nature of preventive health in society.
I’ve always been interested in tech startups since I started university. Prior to joining Paceline, I’ve done internships and worked at several early-stage startups. As I worked in these companies, I started to become interested in Product Management and, more recently, in HealthTech.
2) Can you describe what your typical workday looks like?
On a typical weekday, I’m probably attending classes in the first-half of the day. In the second half of the day, I typically spend time working on projects for Paceline. Because our team is mostly based in the US, the time zone difference gives me meeting-free time in the day to do focused work. Whenever there are meetings, they typically happen at night, Singapore time.
3) What does personal growth mean to you?
I think there are 2 sides to personal growth:
Knowledge and clarity of what is important to you
Your ability or progress towards achieving it
For me, reflecting and exposing myself to new experiences helps me gain perspectives that inform #1. Then, being disciplined and working hard helps me to grow in #2.
4) Is there a habit you consciously exercise to ensure you achieve your ideal personal growth?
I try to spend time occasionally reflecting and setting goals for myself. Related to #1 above, this is how I make sure that I’m prioritizing the most important things.
5) What does it mean to grow in your career? How do you measure your career growth?
I’m still figuring out what I want to do with my career. But I think a career is like a series of projects, where you’d likely spend a good amount of time on each, and each of them would affect the subsequent one. So it’s worth spending time making sure each project has the potential to be significantly “bigger” than the last. And we can measure career growth by seeing if each project that you work on is significantly “bigger” than the last, by whatever success metric you define, whether it’s impact, money, autonomy, etc.
6) Aside from your full-time job, is there anything else you like to do outside work?
I like boxing and am a fan of martial arts in general. I’m also trying to learn to play the violin.
7) Are there any books, podcasts or apps that have been helpful for your growth?
Lex Fridman Podcast (Conversations with experts from all fields. This podcast gives me new perspectives and is also very entertaining.)
Huberman Lab Podcast (Science-based tools and habits to help improve health and perform better.)
8) Any tips you’d like to share for those who are looking to venture into similar roles?
Not role-specific, but I’ve been very lucky to have great mentors who have guided me, given me opportunities, and helped me grow professionally. I think anyone early in their career would benefit from finding good mentors and having conversations with people who are a few years ahead of them.
9) Finally, what is the one quote you always live by?
“Be water, my friend” - Bruce Lee
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