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Career Spotlight: Meet the Early Rising Pharma-cee, Bernice Choy

Read on to discover how the ambitious pharmacist explored her talent and ignited her passion in public speaking:

Does this sound familiar? I think so…

“You better get a professional job as it earns more money.” “With such a good result, you should get yourself a professional degree; don’t waste it.” “Your neighbour is working as a doctor; he is living such a good life…”

Yes, I’ve been receiving those buzzing comments from the “kepo”(s), so many times that I already lost count of them. As science stream students, our career options are always limited to doctors, pharmacists, nutritionists, engineers, bio-technologists and the list of professions goes on.

Caught up in the herd mentality, we tend to neglect our dreams to look good in front of others; which is very much the Asian culture. Just because of the noises around (the comments and opinions from neighbours or family to be exact), we let our inner voices go unheard and jump into a decision without having our life purpose all figured out. Yet, the same happened on me.

Fortunately, I managed to escape from the herd society half-way! Yet, the saying “path to success is to take massive, determined action” by Tony Robbins spoke my effort. After stepping into the pharmaceutical journey that was encouraged by the herd environment, I did not give up on my interest and talent in public speaking due to the empowerment from my church leaders.

I set my goal to be a professional multilingual emcee, holding the ambition to speak and inspire people. Reminiscing my first day at university, I saw a gentleman who kept on talking in front of the first-year crowd at all orientations. I guessed he should be the student leader. I wrote my personal details, talents and interest on a piece of paper, approached this total stranger, introduced myself briefly and passed him the note. The whole conversation only lasted for less than 30 seconds.

Yet, that’s the point of time when I embarked into my emcee career and started to host on prestigious events with a crowd of 2,000 people. I started from nowhere, but of my little faith and courage.

To date, I am thankful to have much experiences in hosting various functions, notably having the honour to host the Malaysia Largest Lion Dance “Eye-Dotting” event which was recognised in the Malaysia Book of Records.

Most recently, I was beyond pleased to host the Nanyang Business Award 2019 and met people from all walks of life. Better still, as a former emcee coach, I was glad to initiate a Talk Show with a panel of six and the response from audience was overwhelming!

It was never easy juggling with both my pharmacy and emcee profession. However, my burning desire in achieving my life purpose and ambition is keeping me going after all these years.

Here’s my shout out to all the graduates out there – don’t waste your time living someone else’s life. Do what your heart desires because this is what makes you a successful individual. Once you discover it, treasure it, pursue it and realise it.

Bernice Choy

职业焦点: 与崛起的药剂师兼司仪,Bernice Choy会面

继续阅读并了解这位抱负不凡的药剂师如何发掘她的天赋及激发她对演说的热情:

 

这听起来熟悉吗?我也如此觉得…

“你最好找一份专业的工作,因为它让你赚更多的钱。” “以这么好的成绩,你应该为自己取得专业的学士学位,别浪费。” “你的邻居是一位医生;他过着如此美好的生活…”

是的,我已经数不清我一直以来收到多少来自八卦党窃窃私语的评论了。身为理科生,我们的职业选项总是会局限于医生、药剂师、营养师、工程师、生物科技专家等等的专业。

陷入从众心理,我们往往会忽略了自己的梦想以在他人面前显得风光亮丽,确实非常符合亚洲文化。仅仅是因为周围的噪音(准确来说是来自邻居及家人的评论和意见),我们不予倾听内心的声音并在还没有找寻到人生目标的情况下就做出了决定。然而,相同的事情也发生在我身上。

幸运的是,我成功地在中途逃脱于从众社会。Tony Robbins的这句名言 – “通往成功的道路是采取大规模,坚决的行动“更是述说了我的努力。在受从众环境的鼓励下,我踏入了药剂之旅,我因为教会领袖的赋权而没有放弃自己对演说的兴趣及才华。

我保持着演说和激励他人的抱负,并把目标设定为成为一名专业的多语主持人。回想我在大学的第一天,我看见一位男士在所有大一学生面前不停地讲话。我想他应该是学生领导者吧。我在一张纸上写下了我的个人资料、才能和兴趣,走近这位陌生人,简单地介绍了自己并把纸条递给了他。整个谈话只持续了不到30秒。

然而,这正是我走进主持人生涯的时间点,并开始主持超过2000人的知名活动。我从无处开始,只凭着我的信念及勇气。

迄今为止,我非常感谢有机会主持多种活动,特别是有幸主持列入马来西亚记录大全的 “百狮盛会“醒狮点睛仪式,从中累积丰富的经验。

近来,我非常高兴地主持了2019年南洋企业风云奖颁奖典礼并结识了各行各业的人士。更好的是,作为一名前主持人教练,我很高兴发起了一项六人小组的脱口秀,观众的反应亦是非常地热烈!

兼顾于药学及主持人专业从来都不是一件易事。然而,我实现人生目标和抱负的愿望使我在这些年一直持续前进。

这是我对所有毕业生的呼喊 – 别浪费你的时间过别人的人生。

做你内心渴望的事,因为这会让你成为一位成功的人士。一旦你找着了它,珍惜它,追求它并实现它。

Bernice Choy