Artist: Foo Danyu
■ Why did you choose to join Koei Tecmo Singapore (KTS)?
During my final year, the company came over to my university to give a talk about recruitment and it piqued my interest. Though at first I didn’t think of trying due to my weak 3D portfolio, the HR staff at the presentation encouraged me to just try out for the drawing test and I did. After that I was accepted and thought to myself… why not?
■ How is the working environment like?
One of my greatest worries whilst I was still in school was that I would have problems with the working environment, but working here has proven me wrong. My colleagues are a cheerful bunch that are great people to work with, and great friends at the same time. The superiors are kind and firm, always open to communicating about problems and ideas, and always ready to give and share advice on how to improve.
■ What are some of the challenges that you have encountered in your work?
Communicating with Japan and trying to gauge, measure, and reach their expectations can be challenging when it comes to some projects. With our Japanese counterparts being overseas, and most of the comments coming in through email, it can be difficult understanding exactly what they want sometimes, and how we can achieve it. However, bridging this gap with communications and expectations can be rewarding and eye-opening at the same time.
■ Most memorable moment in KTS?
Many moments are memorable, and it’s quite difficult to pick. But one of my earliest memories was this particular critique session for the new hires when I first joined the company. The new hires in the developer side had to finish a mini project as part of their probation, and I remember sitting in during the critique. The comments from several of the seniors were earnest and kind, but at the same time chock full of advice and things to learn from.
They did not hold back on firm critique, but at the same time I felt that such detailed critique could only be given by people who were truly interested and invested in the growth of these new hires. It was a strangely difficult to explain, but really moving moment for me.
■ Share about your trainee life in Japan.
It was a very fruitful experience for me. Knowing the language also allowed me to learn a lot more from the seniors there, all of whom were very kind and understanding. They were not only very willing to share knowledge and techniques for work, but also very interested in knowing more about Singapore and the way the people here worked. Rather than a one-sided exchange where I simply absorbed and learnt from Japan, our colleagues there were truly concerned about how they could continue to work better with us in Singapore.
Of course, the food was delicious, and travelling around Japan during the long weekends and holidays was highly enjoyable. The dorm was close to the train station, which made travelling around Yokohama or Tokyo very convenient. And as an avid games, anime and manga fan, I will always miss how easy it was for me to get the newest game or book when it was released.
■ A word for the potential applicants.
Be flexible, open-minded, and always humble.
Things might not always go in the direction you want them to go in, but there is value in the things that you experience along the way. The people here are great people to learn and journey with!