Member of the Week: Thomas Siew

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In 2010, Thomas knew he wanted to study computer science and make a living out of it after he was inspired by the first Iron Man movie. However, when it came time to choose a course, he decided to take a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Logistics Management instead for personal reasons. He found the classes dreadful and often unhappy with what he was learning. 

But keeping his passion and dreams alive, he would sneak into his friends’ computer science classes when he had free time and even studied coding on his own. After a few weeks, the computer science lecturer finally noticed that he wasn’t a student in that faculty. But seeing as he had a passion for it, the lecturer gave him a project to work on. 

He watched YouTube videos, read online articles and practised on his own at home. 

He created an Excel Reporting System for the IT faculty using VBA. The lecturer saw that he was very talented and highly encouraged him to take up more projects such as this. That is when he started freelancing for various projects throughout his studies. 

Once Thomas graduated, he immediately went on to work for a shipping company as their Marketing Officer. He hated it. As great as his colleagues were, he did not enjoy the nature of his job one bit. After 7 months there, he joined T-Systems as a Systems Administrator where he was basically Level 2 IT Support. 

The company saw his potential and decided to let him join a company training programme which taught him soft skills, management skills and career-focused studies. During this training, he even got the chance to travel to Germany with some colleagues. Then, he was promoted to an Automation Engineer where he continued for 2 years. 

It was also around this time when Thomas started dabbling into cryptocurrency out of personal interest. He saw the potential of Bitcoin during the rollercoaster year of 2017 and started investing in it and other cryptocurrencies. 

Soon enough, he was recruited into Kakitangan by a headhunter but, at that time, the company was going through some reshuffling of staff and Thomas was forced to be let go. 

Thankfully, a connection allowed him to join Randstad where we worked as a Software Developer. However, his interest in crypto grew stronger as the years went by and he started searching for such companies in Malaysia. He came across BitOrb on LinkedIn and the rest is history. 

Now, Thomas supports the company by ensuring all the front end of our exchange runs smoothly. 

“I think that we should all take chances and when we know what we’re passionate about, we should do our best to make it work even if the currents are going against us…” 

by

Elina Nasution

13th December 2019

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