Paul has been an inspiration to me in sharing with me his insights into how we approach our career evaluation and planning. During our various conversations, he has provided different perspectives in how we look at our career development rather than just focusing on a continuation of what we have been pursuing for a better part of our working life in specific set roles and industries.
One of the critical success factors of Paul is that he has this incredible ability to boost one's confidence and also leverage on empathy to encourage us to think out of the box and consider different pathways to pursing happiness in life and not just working careers, In that sense, it broaden my horizon in career planning and opens up many more possibilities which I would not have further explored.
His "Plan B" approach also skews away from the traditional career planning approach where we always tends to follow where our experience are centred upon rather than explore other possibilities where our hidden strengths are uncovered and considered. This is a refreshing and important idea which at our stage of career, it opens more options for us to consider what we want to do at the next stage of our life rather than career.
The assistance and advice from Paul on updating my resume is really helpful and the focus on identification of my USP (Unique Selling Points) also help to focus on my strengths. The tools given to us on exploring/knowing what we actually want to do really help to shape the next action plan effectively for us.The coaching that Paul had given me has provided a whole new perspective on how to look at life and career differently in order to achieve work-life balance.
Thank you Paul for all your assistance and advice! It has been an incredible journey with you over the past months.
Senior Finance Leader
Academic Institution, Singapore
In summary, I would like to say that it has be an extremely positive experience working with Paul. He has great expertise in this area which he has kindly shared willingly. He is a calming influence in the turbulent early period to provide reassurance and allowed me to have the confidence to go straight back into the market. Would highly recommend Paul for future assignments!
European Chemicals Company
Leena, I like your career coaching because:
1. You did not give me the fish but teach me how to fish. E.g. gave me valuable hints on how I can improve my resume, where and how to search for job opportunities and how to build networks.
2. You also prepared me very well for interviews where we practiced on the interview questions in which you guided me on how to improve my interview responses. Further after each interview sessions, we reflected together what was good and what can be better.
3. You also constantly encouraged me to keep a positive mind set, especially during season where there was no reply from prospective recruiter.
4. I also appreciate you and Paul's insights on plan B on how to start thinking and designing a career plan B as to stay employable beyond retirement age.
5. Finally both you and Paul has also coach me on how to have a good closure from my previous company which I have served more than 22 years, and how to move on to the new company.
It has been an enriching job searching journey for me, having you to walk alongside with me!
Thank you so much! Keep in touch!
Supply Chain Professional (Singaporean)
Working with Paul is always enjoyable since you can always find his insights in various subjects when we started our conversations. You can get different perspectives from his words of which you have not thought of before.
There is always no pressure unlike some other consultants you met before. The meetings are always conducted in a way that is helpful to the situation you are facing.
First of all, the “plan B” concept that Paul raised is inspiring. For a person who worked a corporate life for his entire career had never thought of plan B or plan C. We are always so deeply involved and devoted to the corporate life leaving us little time to even thought about other options. B and/or C plans can be some other things that you treasure in your life that will need time to cultivate. Paul is giving us a life consulting opportunity to pursue what we really want to do, esp. right after our corporate engagement when you felt confused with no plan nor direction on where to go or what to do next. His help is grateful not only giving you hints but also comfort your minds as life is much more than what we usually do within a corporate environment.
The assistance of getting a proper CV written and a review on what we have done and achieved is really helpful. The tools given to us on exploring/knowing what we actually want to do really help to shape the next action plan effectively for us.
Making the next career with what we are good at and what we are fond of is exciting to pursue. I had never thought of trying to pursue a part time career in golfing, a sport that I love, but that idea is striking to me. This is plan B that I will work on later.
The coaching that Paul had given to me is giving me a chance to look at life differently on top of just thinking about the working career. We could be able to develop much more options for ourselves which make life more colorful and enjoyable.
Thank you Paul for your help !
Global chemicals organization
I had the chance to meet Paul with whom I spent 10 sessions that changed my life. I remember my first session when I wanted to complain and describe all the things that bothered me. He didn't react to that, but focused on the future and wanted to know what I need. Then, he taught me how to find solution without wasting valuable time on analysing problems. I very quickly understood, how I can resolve conflicts in a very constructive way. I managed to influence others and get what I needed. In addition, he taught me to judge what's worth fighting for and what's rather unimportant. It helped me to increase my efficiency and focus on the issues I needed to tackle to have most impact.
The tools he gave me, work in many situations and now I know how to act and behave. I don't need to talk to him directly anymore. I know how to solve conflicts in a very constructive way. I learned how to influenced others and how to convince them in a way what I needed.
I recommend to do life coaching with Paul. I learned that in fact I have numerous opportunities and alternatives. His concept of plan B is very convincing and gives me a lot of strength and self confidence. This helps me to perform better in my work life.
Paul is very authentic and convincing. Thanks to his long experience he has an excellent understanding of the mechanisms of big companies and knowledge what's needed in that jungle. He lives what he teaches and I am glad that I still have regular contact with him.
Senior Manager (German)
German Chemicals Organization
When you need coaching you don't want a junior consultant to learn his job by coaching you, you want the experienced coach to have time for you and to use his/her gift and know-how for your benefit instead. There are big coaching firms around, which are reputable, have a worldwide presence and have refined very useful tools - but it's likely that the senior partner will have little time for you and you will end up spending most of the time with a junior consultant.
Paul Heng's coaching precisely avoids this problem. He is surprisingly available (almost 24/7) and, while the tools are there (and they are certainly very useful), it is time spent with him that brings outstanding value; Paul's unique profile combines both experience in human resource and coaching and a personal journey where he had to make some defining decisions. Paul is comfortable with both Western and Asian cultures, and he also knows how MNC's function and manage people. All along it isn't about Paul Heng but about you, and that's why it is so valuable.
Regional Managing Director (French)
Canadian Industrial Products Organisation
Working with Paul Heng has certainly been a value-add for me, not only directing to find the good and right job, but also giving me broader perspectives in many aspects, more than just about career. I would say the coaching and direction from Paul has brought a lot of valuable points to sharpen my skill capability to be highlighted, broaden the mindset, sharing ideas and values, building confidence and helping me make a focus on job search. After putting all the efforts, patience, prayers and help form Paul, I am accepting a job offer, among several leads. By this note I would like to say big thanks to Paul Heng - for your great contribution during the latest couple of months providing your best advice and counselling support.
Senior Finance Professional (Indonesian)
US FMCG organization
The program was great , but the people made all the difference. I was made to feel at home in Singapore, the people at Next Career were my first friends in Singapore – they supported me all through, much after the program ended, they continue to support me even now. They offer much more than career transition – their empathy is genuine, they can feel my pain and enjoy my rewards .Clement and Paul have been the best friends I could have had.
Senior Marketing Professional (Indian)
Spousal Assistance/Job Search Program
In Summary, I would say that it has been an extremely positive experience working with Paul. He has great expertise in this area which he has kindly shared willingly. He is a calming influence in the turbulent early period to provide reassurance and allowed me to have the confidence to go straight back into the market. Would highly recommend Paul for future assignments!
European Chemicals company
Being new to Singapore, I needed above all to learn about the local and regional job market and start to build a new profession network here. Working with Paul was invaluable because of his extensive local knowledge and his unique insights on how to network effectively in Singapore. I also benefited enormously from his help when defining my job-search strategy as well as concrete guidance on how to best pitch my skills and experience within the Singapore context.
Paul’s extensive experience as a coach and his own impressive professional network made him the right person for me to work with. However the most important factor was that he believed in me and was unfailing in his positivity and encouragement. As a senior professional, needing to restart my career from scratch in a new country, this faith in my abilities helped me maintain the motivation and determination that all jobseekers need to find that great next job.
Senior professional (Australian)
"I am now relieved and very happy that the job-seeking journey is over. Now looking forward to wrap up in good terms with my current employer and getting ready for something that feels right in my heart.
Thank you very very much for all the good advice, probing questions, directions and guidance shared!!! I am blessed to have had you on my side during this journey!"
Senior Manager (Danish)
Worldwide Shipping Organization
"I believe the coaching has been incredibly beneficial for him. It has provided him with more confidence, clarity of his choices, clear direction for the development of his team and we are seeing tangible results of a different (less manic) leadership style.
So thank you for all your work and input into this relationship. From my perspective it has been very worthwhile."
Coachee's Sponsor (Country MD)
International FMCG Organization
"I had the pleasure of working with Paul Heng as my coach during my outplacement programme. Leaving my company after 13 years was a big step, and looking for a new professional challenge came with uncertainty and doubt.
From the very first moment, Paul managed to understand my situation both professionally, as well as personally, and helped me design a transition programme ultimately leading to a new job assignment. Throughout our sessions Paul was able to create an open and trustful atmosphere, which allowed us to identify and discuss underlying motivational and behavioral dynamics, and incorporate experience from previous assignments.
Paul has access to an extensive network of business contacts across various industries in Singapore, as well as contact in all major executive search firms. Paul introduced me to his contact in an aviation company, and facilitated the initial interview that led to being offered my current job, a leadership role in this company.
Following my assignment, Paul continued his support as a coach and ensured the sustainable success of my new placement.
Compared to other major outplacement service providers, it has been the personal touch, as well as the flexibility of the programme, which made all the difference.
Thank you Paul for your support, your guidance, as well as your friendship.."
Airline Senior Executive (German)
"I have greatly benefited from Paul's coaching services.
On a professional level, Paul helped me to deal with a wide range of topics. The program is 100% tailor-made. We could focus on those issues that really mattered to me. The role plays are for example a great opportunity to explore various techniques and prepare for multiple scenarios. He is worth a thousand books!
On a personal level, Paul is passionate, friendly and interested to learn from others. He values relationship and as such, he likes to stay in close contact with his former coachees.
Paul has become a friend and I wish him continuous success. "
Client from German Chemical Company, Singapore
"Paul provided me with excellent advice, counseling and guidance throughout my career change journey. He is very well versed in the Singapore market and is able to bring a fresh perspective to executives looking to make either a company or career change. His insight helped me to identify my true strengths which allowed me to consider new industries and career paths which I had not previously explored. However, most importantly, he is very hands-on and is truly personally committed to helping you find success. I highly recommend his services."
Top US Power Solutions Corporation
"I would like to express my sincere thanks for the support of (corporate client's name) outplacement program and the professional services from the consultant Mr Paul Heng. I would highly recommend (corporate client's name) continue the service by Paul in other similar situation in Asia Pacific.
Paul has provided me with superb guidances on how to keep a positive mindset, how to network with decision makers and then find potential job opportunities, how to match personal interests/strengths versus all options, how to polish resume and prepare interview to generate high impact, etc. With the help by Paul, I feel the whole process of defining and searching post (corporate client's name) routes both rewarding and exciting. Finally, I have successfully gained the job offer by (name of new employer) and Paul's support is definitely instrumental to that result."
Fortune 50 Speciality Chemical company, HK
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and show my sincere appreciation for the support and coaching you have provided me in this very important phase of my career.
You have a great and valuable capacity in listening and understanding one’s concerns. You have brought valuable contribution in helping me build up my resume, confidence and unique selling points which have helped me to connect to potential employers. Furthermore, your deep and wide knowledge of the economy and current affairs have helped me gain insights and seek new direction in our fast changing environment.
Once again, a big thank you for all the advice, sharing and guidance over the coaching and consulting sessions we have had."
Assistant Manager (Singaporean)
German Automobile, Singapore
"Would also like to share with you that I have received quite a number of positive feedback regarding last week's outplacement workshop. Many of them have found the workshop to be interesting and useful.
Thanks very much for helping our colleagues!"
Client from the Speciality Chemicals industry
"Paul Heng helped me to learn a lot more about myself and to develop my life plan. Sure I had done corporate training to help develop myself better, review my personality, management style, how others perceive me... but the focus was always to be a better executive, not to fulfill my personal core personal ambitions. The work I did with NeXT Career started with a thorough review of my personal objectives, helped me to define my personal project - not limited to professional objectives - and then how to get there. During periods of important change it is critical to have somebody to exchange ideas, doubts, ambitions... with somebody unbiased and skilled who can also challenge your motives. After we completed this, Paul Heng worked on providing the right advice and training, focused on positive motivations and on materializing my project for the future."
Project/Resourcing Manager (Singaporean)
UK IT Services Company, Singapore
"Working with Paul Heng has certainly been a value-add for me, not only directing to find the good and right job, but also giving me broader perspectives in many aspects, more than just about career. I would say the coaching and direction from Paul has brought a lot of valuable points to sharpen my skill capability to be highlighted, broaden the mindset, sharing ideas and values, building confidence and helping me make a focus on job search. After putting all the efforts, patience, prayers and help form Paul, I am accepting a job offer, among several leads. By this note I would like to say big thanks to Paul Heng - for your great contribution during the latest couple of months providing your best advice and counselling support."
Senior Finance Professional (Indonesian)
US FMCG Organization
"The service I received from NeXT Career was professional and personalized. I felt comfortable in the discussion with the consultant and able to open up at ease to reveal my fears towards interviews. Subsequently, I was given valuable advices that specifically addressed and resolved these fears. Throughout the months of the contact, the consultant has always been there to provide me the necessary moral support and a listening ear. The overall experience has been wonderful. Appreciated."
Senior Supply Chain Professional
US Chemicals Company, Singapore
"The program was great , but the people made all the difference. I was made to feel at home in Singapore, the people at Next Career were my first friends in Singapore – they supported me all through, much after the program ended, they continue to support me even now. They offer much more than career transition – their empathy is genuine, they can feel my pain and enjoy my rewards. Paul has been the best friend I could have had."
Senior Marketing Professional (Indian)
Spousal Assistance/Job Search Program
"Very satisfied with the service provided and prompt responses when requests are made. They have established a good network of recruiters where candidates can access when necessary and Paul has a good reputation among the recruiters in Singapore and is prepared to walk an extra mile to assist candidates under his Program. One recruiter commented that I should try to abuse him as much as I can."
Senior Finance Executive (Malaysian)
Fortune 5 Conglomerate, Singapore
"In my opinion, Paul has considerable empathy for people who have lost their jobs. I appreciate very much his frankness (although not too comforting at times) and genuine desire to help me get a suitable job as soon as possible. I thought his advice on the family was very timely as it is very easy to be focused just the job search and neglect the family in the process. Above all, Paul has supported me very well with encouragement without being too intrusive into my life and method of looking for a job."
Senior Finance Executive (Singaporean)
British Pharmaceutical Company, Singapore
"Good practical advice especially regarding interview techniques and general preparation. Paul has a good network of headhunting colleagues and was able to introduce me to them. A good hands-on approach!"
Senior Customer Services Executive (British)
British Telecom Company, Hong Kong
"The availability of the book "Jump Start Your Career" written by Paul is very helpful as it is written with the Singapore context - a useful book on job search and career management."
Mid-Level Finance Executive (Malaysian)
British Pharmaceutical Company, Singapore
"When I first met Paul Heng, he was able to give me a good summary of where my strengths and weaknesses were in my CV and work experience. This gave me a good idea of how I should sell myself and what sort of jobs I could expect to find in Hong Kong. A stream of new and appropriate (Life Science-focused) headhunters names given to me by Paul. The service has been excellent and well suited to my unique needs."
Mid-Level Marketing Executive (British)
British IT Consulting Organization, Hong Kong
"The Consultant has good knowledge of the market/companies situation. This will help the candidate to make good decision on the next steps."
Mid-Level HR Executive (Singaporean)
U.S. Disk Drive Company, Singapore
"I have received support not only during the exercise but after that still keeping in touch with my consultant on other things."
Support Staff (Singaporean)
European Tobacco Company, Singapore
"The Personal Evaluation Program had helped and very useful as it helps me to know myself and I'm able to recognize my strength and weaknesses. Hence made me confident in the job interviews. The materials given is useful in terms of guidelines and tip which can be practiced throughout my working career. Last but not least for recommending me the job which I'm pretty much settle now."
Support Staff (Singaporean)
U.S. Automotive Equipment Manufacturer, Singapore
"I'm very pleased that I can still communicate with my consultant after office hours through e-mail even up till mid-night."
Mid-Level Financial Services Executive (Singaporean)
European Financial Institution, Singapore
"Just like to share a piece of great news with you - I have found a job! I am very fortunate that my job search has been pretty smooth-sailing and that is due in large part to your patient guidance and sound advice. The one-day job placement programme benefited me tremendously and greatly improved my job-search skills. I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to Paul who had been so encouraging and supportive. Special thanks also goes to Doris. She has been such a wonderful help during the few days I spent at your office. Her friendliness certainly put me at ease immediately and her swift response and co-ordination efforts helped me tremendously in getting my work done in the most efficient way. I must say that Next Career's services is highly recommended and definitely produce positive results for me."
Support Staff (Singaporean)
US Technology Consulting Firm, Singapore