In the first instalment of “How I Became A…”, we are introduced to Andre Hui, a Manager on the International Product team. We find out a little bit more about his career journey so far, and how self-reflection has played a key role in his personal and professional development.
Andre Hui graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management.
His passion for business led to him and his classmates creating a start-up focusing on supporting people living with cognitive challenges. After exiting the company in 2014, Andre joined Indeed in Austin, Texas as an Associate Country Manager.
He was then assigned to Singapore in 2018 and now manages a team of International Product Analysts who serve as market-experts for our products and drive strategic initiatives in markets and regions.
The International Product team reviews how products are offered in a particular market or region – in this case Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan – and looks at how Indeed can fine tune those products to meet the unique needs of each market.
“I consider myself to be a hands on and curious person and that has been important for this role,” Andre says.
“It helps to be the kind of person who is motivated to find things out and learn more, particularly as we work with so many teams and across a number of very different markets. Investing in my role in this way has given me a lot back.”
As someone who has worked his way up through different roles in his career, Andre discloses one of the most rewarding parts of his job now is seeing team members past and present excel.
“To invest in people and see them go on to flourish gives a real sense of achievement,” he says. “I’ve been a manager for three years but I am always thinking ‘How can I be better?’. It’s important to me that I continuously improve and that I’m able to support people who have different motivations, goals and personalities.”
But what has helped Andre in his own personal development? He shares self-reflection has played a big part in helping him identify where he wants to be.
“Ultimately the person who is responsible for my own growth is myself. In order to understand my areas for development, I take the time to review myself and assess what I am doing well and where I need to improve,” Andre says.
He adds identifying talent gaps in consideration of one’s current role as well as where they would like to progress is a great way to come up with a plan of action.
“If you find you can’t uncover those areas for development, it’s a good idea to talk with someone you trust to help you figure that out,” he suggests.
“A significant amount of my development has also come from my relationships. I’ve really benefited from conversations with people around me who have expertise and knowledge to share.”
Andre also says he is grateful to have colleagues be “incredibly gracious with their time” every time he’s reached out for support.
“I’ve learned a lot in this way. Putting yourself out there and talking with people can open up opportunities to learn about things that you might not have otherwise known,” he professes.
“For anyone who feels like they’ve hit a wall in their career, Andre says it’s important to take an honest look inward first: “Be honest and ask yourself if you are holding yourself back. What are the steps you need to take to get to where you want to be?”
“It can also help to look at your organisation. Although we own our own development, having a manager to support your growth is also important. Are you having conversations with your manager about your growth? Are they helping you with that?” Andre challenges.
“In looking at your organisation, you should also consider its structure. If you’re at the peak of where you can currently go and there is no way up, it may be worth considering a move to another part of the organisation.
“What skills or knowledge do you have that would be transferable and enable you to move? This is where identifying your talent gaps and having an action plan comes into play.”
But Andre also adds if you’ve been hitting that wall for a long time, it may be worth taking a short break from it.
“Clearing your mind may help you to come back and more clearly assess your situation,” he says.