In this blog post we are pleased to feature Norwati Jirkaseh, Regional Renewals Manager, APAC. Nor’s is a true Hexagon success story – rising through the ranks from secretary to office manager to now managing the Renewals Team in Volume Sales, for the Hexagon PPM division
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to work at Hexagon PPM?
I started my career at Hexagon (then MNC) at a very young age in 1990. I was still single then and had started with front office and secretarial job to the admin/finance team. It was an enriching experience and I was happy to do the job well. Being in the front line all those years made me appreciate the importance of presenting the best of our company and fulfilling the needs of our customers. Along the way, I started picking up telemarketing skills and that have helped me to develop some sales techniques.
To keep my work life balance, family is key. When not working, I spend most of my time with my family, typically over food and conversations. As such, cooking is my passion and brisk walking is my way of disposing of excess calories and distressing. I also enjoy travelling.
Name one professional achievement you feel most proud of during the past 30 years?
I believe one of my proudest professional achievement was growing the SEA office. We started with 10 staff and now we are over 100 strong. I had risen up the ranks through the many opportunities that were presented to me – from secretary to office manager to a regional managerial position now.
But for me the most rewarding aspect of it all was working closely and gaining the trust of my fellow colleagues, management and distributors as we grow as a company.
What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Hexagon?
The people. We are like family. And this family always presents us with opportunities to grow.
What has been the most challenging part for you about WFH during COVID-19?
The lack of real human contact, and the anxiety of not knowing when is normal coming back. Nothing beats being able to discuss ideas, solve problems and just communicate in person.
What do you look forward to the most once life returns to normal (post COVID-19!)?
To see my mom, being able to hug her and spend time with her. Just the simple pleasures in life.
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