Global strategy and execution manager, Citi, New York.
In 2002, I came to Sydney from Manila on a six-month secondment to support Citi’s financial control and management reporting teams. But halfway through I was offered a permanent role as financial analyst for Corporate and Investment Banking, which I accepted.
Despite leaving my family and friends behind, I knew I had to grab this chance.
The picture of me in 2004 was taken during my Pink Ribbon Volunteer Day in Sydney’s Rhodes.
By then, I’d already performed a couple of different roles. Citi Finance was undergoing a lot of change at that point, but I focused on doing my roles well and adapting.
There’s a Chinese proverb that says wherever there is failure, there is also opportunity. So, over time, I’ve grown increasingly determined to see the positive in every situation.
I refused to allow myself to be swallowed by failure. Part of this means I try to keep an open mind about everything.
I have learned to value diversity of opinion, ideas and contributions, and embraced organisational changes.
I am constantly trying to pass on this way of doing things to my staff, so they can learn and face challenges head on.
My time in Sydney was filled with highs and lows, of course. In 2012, my boss of eight years left and I realised I was the only one who could move my career forward.
I looked for roles in overseas hubs like Tokyo, London and New York, but I was patient, too. Ultimately, I started work as a strategy and execution manager for Global Finance and Risk Operations this year in New York.
Ten years ago I never would have thought I’d be working here.
What would I tell the person in the  photo?
Take risks. Life is too short to be complacent or to keep waiting.
Get up whenever you stumble and learn from your mistakes.
And always remember your loved ones and share your happiness with them.
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This article is from the May 2014 issue of INTHEBLACK magazine.