Lee Kam Foong
Interview with Lee Kam Foong

"Starting my degree course after reaching the age of 42 is the most courageous thing I have done."

Lee Kam Foong
Industry Inspector
Bureau Veritas Singapore Pte Ltd

MBA in General Management Batch 2021

Please tell us about yourself, your family and your interests.

I am currently working as an Industry Inspector in a large MNC corporate specialising in testing, inspection, consultation and certification, for more than 13 years. After working in the general engineering sector for more than 20 years, now I am slowly switching my career from an Inspector to a Consultant or maybe as Management staff in my office. But  I need to have basic knowledge of management or administration before I can take up those positions.

What drew you to the program you are studying at Athena? Is it living up to your expectations?

Based on the brochure that I have for this course, this MBA course can provide the student with knowledge on how to lead and manage in key areas such as Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Strategy within the company. Apart from that, it teaches students to act tactically and strategically when encountering complex situations. The assessment method of the course is mainly 100% on coursework, which I believe is based on the actual situation that one may encounter during daily company operations.

What would you like to do after completing this course from Athena?

Hopefully, after graduation, this MBA course will help me to develop a better understanding and apply the knowledge that I have gained during my study. I trust this degree will enable me to apply for management roles in my current company viz. Operations Manager, Business Development Executive or Manager.

What do you think makes a great teacher?

Someone who can share their experience and teach others to enrich themselves is a great teacher. I share my experience as an Engineering Inspector with my other department colleagues. I also share my personal experience after working for more than 20 years in different sectors with my junior colleagues.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to be : Operations Manager, Business Development Manager, or Business Director.

What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

Starting my degree course after reaching the age of 42 is the most courageous thing I have done.

What is your best childhood memory?

Freedom to play with my siblings at any time of day or night. Never having to worry about homework and exams before starting primary school at the age of seven.

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?

Travelling around the world on a cruise for at least 90 days and visiting as many countries as possible after retirement at the age of 60. 

Which fictional character (character from a film, book, TV series, play) would you like to be friends with?

James Bond, as for him, nothing is impossible, and “No time to die”.

Mention one important lesson you have learned in life that made you what you are today.

I continuously enrolled in courses, part-time or full-time, to upgrade myself to catch up with the changes in a working environment or requirements as one matures.

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