In 2019, Cheryl Han was the youngest senior management member in her division at DHL when she was retrenched from the company. But while getting let go was disheartening, it came as no surprise.
“Because I was part of the planning process, it was like watching a storm approaching with my eyes wide open. But my father had passed away just two weeks before, so, in a way, what happened seemed very trivial in comparison,” says the 38-year-old.
However, seeing ex-colleagues in their 50s struggle because they had limited career options left made her realise one thing: her next endeavour had to not only guarantee job satisfaction, but also financial security.