The career of Monash Alumnus Lim Poh Aun is a fine example of the versatility of an Engineering degree. Since graduating from a Bachelor of Engineering (Materials) in 1981, Lim has worked in a number of dynamic fields, ranging from engineering to finance to IT.
Lim began his career working as a Sales and Projects Engineer at Alliance Engineering in Malaysia. He then progressed on to the role of Senior Engineer at RCA Sdn. Bhd, a multinational semiconductor manufacturing company. In 1994, Lim took on a Systems Analyst role and worked as a Section Manager within the Local Area Network/Office Automation division of Carsem (M) Sdn. Bhd. Between 2005 and 2006, Lim worked as an IT Consultant.
In 2004, Lim completed a Masters of Information Technology at the University of Southern Queensland. Having lectured and studied at multiple universities throughout the course of his career, Limís education has come full circle.
"It gives me great joy to impart my knowledge and understanding of concepts and practical applications to the Engineering, IT and MBA students that I teach."
Limís varied career has given him a number of opportunities to travel overseas.
"In 1991, I was able to go on exchange to Japan as the Malaysian representative of the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS). My job in the semiconductor industry also provided me with various travel opportunities, taking me to Taiwan and the USA on several occasions."
Currently, Lim is enjoying the freedom and flexibility of working as a self-employed Business Consultant. His consulting focuses on financial services and involves working with clients on matters relating to wealth accumulation, wealth protection and wealth distribution.
Lim reflects fondly on his time at Monash, where he lived on campus as an international student.
"It was a really good opportunity to make long lasting friends. I learnt to be more independent in the 4 years I lived on the Clayton Campus. There was ample opportunity to get to know other Engineering students through group projects and tutorials, and the perspectives that mature age students provided were really valuable as well."
"It has been a pleasure to meet so many people from different countries and companies throughout my working life. Doors were opened and I really benefited from the good reputation of my Engineering degree from Monash."Lim leaves some good advice for current Engineering students.
"For long term job advancement, I have found that it is important to learn to adapt and be open to continuous education. The profession you start off in may not necessarily be the one you have in 5, 10 or 20 years time!"