BASF Asia-Pacific Service Centre Sdn Bhd

Interview with Leong See Kay, Recruitment Manager at BASF Asia-Pacific Service Centre Sdn Bhd

See Kay participated in the Career Comeback Networking Event organised by TalentCorp in March 2014 and BASF Asia-Pacific Service Centre employed its first woman returnee for a full time job sharing role in April 2014. The company started implementing the job-sharing programme in January 2014 and as of June 2014, a total of 5 women returnees have been hired as job sharers.


What position did the first woman returnee fill?

Analyst, Human Resource Services.

What caught your attention in her resume?

The first thing that caught my attention was her long tenure in her previous company. It was her first job and she dedicated eight years of her career to the company before leaving the workforce to take care of her kids.

What was the feedback from the Line Manager after the interview?

HR Services, the hiring department, is supportive of this initiative to encourage women to return to the workforce. They believe that job-sharers have a higher level of productivity because the possibility of two employees going on leave simultaneously is lower.

What advice would you share with women aiming to return to work?

Do not hesitate or be afraid to make the decision to return to the workforce after a temporary career break. If you have family commitment, it is important that you make the necessary arrangements such as where to send your kids or who to pick them up in order to ensure that you are able to contribute effectively after re-entering the workforce. In addition, women should continue to equip themselves with the skills needed to keep abreast of industry developments as well as the fast-paced technology world. It is indeed amazing to see how things change and advance within a short span of time.
“Women should continue to equip themselves with the skills needed to keep abreast of industry developments as well as the fast-paced technology world.”
 
Leong See Kay