Val, CFA, Senior Research Analyst
Val was an award winning business reporter at mediacorp before made a successful career switch to become an analyst at Macquarie bankand she has subsequently worked as an investment analyst in Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC. She has a stellar track record to bring out people’s potential in their pursuit of career in investment.
Yoman, CFA, Fund Manager
Yoman has been managing an investment strategy at a global investment firm for about 10 years. He co-founded Scholars’ SpringBoard with Eng Yew in 2009 and has groomed several protégés for the front office, one of whom is AKY, now also on our team.
Yoman graduated from National University of Singapore and is a CFA charter holder. He previously taught various equity-related topics for CFA Levels 1 and 2 exam at CFA Singapore.
Eng Yew, ACTA, Career Coach
Eng Yew has been helping his students grow Successes in their desired careers since 2007. He co-founded Scholars’ SpringBoard with Yoman in 2009 and has helped many professionals refine their resumes and career advancements. Some of his clients include graduates of Cambridge University and other top schools, McKinsey consultants, and investment bankers from Lazard and CICC.
Eng Yew is a Bachelor’s and Master’s graduate of Stanford University and was a recognized ACTA trainer with Singapore Customs.
SpringBoard Program came to exist from Nov 2009, where an event at Clarke Quay welcomed its first batch of students. It wasn’t all training and work for the students, as SpringBoard also organized a networking session every few months with different groups of investment professionals, where the students and participants can learn about exclusive job and internship opportunities.
What was unspoken at that time was that Yoman would actively help get his top students into job interviews and internships. We believe that the students’ passion brought them to us, and we helped them with the opportunities that we had. We believe in recommending someone only after we’ve seen them in action, not based on just CVs, interviews and verbal promises. This is why our friends and partners would enjoy working with us, keeping its good name in the industry.
As the Program grew, Yoman felt that he should bring in other industry professionals whom he thought would be excellent mentors. Yoman invited AKY, one of his top proteges, to the SpringBoard Team in 2012 and we built a strong team of mentors based on practices based training (as opposed to academic training which most institutions did).
The work done by students were no longer crucial work demanded by Yoman, but part of a structured curriculum drawn from pieces of work that an analyst would do from day to day. (Only interns who have graduated from the mentorship program would be exposed to more serious work.) We were also no longer restricted to simply equity research and would soon have more success stories in investment banking, trading and other fields. The CV and interview coaching would be more structured and focus on the interns.
Our growth to this level allowed us to take on a more appropriate name: SpringBoard Talent Management, aka SpringBoard TM.
SpringBoard Talent Management
In 2012, SpringBoard TM underwent a revamp that would lead to the incorporation of the LLP partnership, along with other functions that would become more defined and effective in growing successes in the front office.
It now has a team of mentors that covers most, if not all, of the front office functions. Interns must now undergo a stock pitch competition and work hard to meet stringent requirements to maximize their employability in the front office.
As we have have groomed many success stories and alums. Many of these are now part of a close-knit community that continue to pay it forward and share more exclusive opportunities.