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My colleague Mark Marcus asked me to join the ‘Blog it forward’ challenge.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the blogging process and to learn more about my colleagues.

I am a Solution Engineer focused on SAP Human Capital Management (HCM) and SuccessFactors.  This is truly an exciting time in the HR World, especially for SAP, because they’re partnering with the finest in cloud Talent Management.  As for me, I get to experience both the 40-year legacy of SAP’s German engineering with the cloud evolution of SuccessFactors.  Welcome, SuccessFactors, an SAP Company!

Here are the questions Mark asked me:

What was your dream job as a kid?

Although I would like to tell you that I had a dream job as a kid, I don’t believe I ever had one.  In fact, I never thought about having any kind of a “job” until I needed to start thinking about a career path – probably around high school when I was looking at colleges.  Most people, or rather “kids”, that I knew when I was little always wanted to be 20 years older than they were.  I was only concerned with what I was going to build next with my K’Nex and Lego’s. 

So as I said, around high school was when I needed to pick my dream job (a.k.a. reality check) and that was when I was torn between 3 areas that I loved: sciences, art, and music.  I’ve always wanted to be in some kind of a health profession, like the doctors in ER; or create the artwork for advertisements; but at the same time I was always big into music, so I wanted to play my flute or saxophone with a huge orchestra for motion pictures like The Shawshank Redemption or The Dark Knight.  Naturally, my Asian genes kicked in and I followed the “safe” career path of being a Pharmacist.  Soon after, I switched over to Business where I could use more of my creativity.  Today, I get the best of both worlds because I can use my creativity AND what I’m passionate about!  (Themes, anyone?) 🙂

What is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is sunny San Francisco, California.  Growing up in Staten Island, NY (yes, and proud of it!) I traveled a lot with my parents.  Every year we would try to take a vacation to a different city.  Each city has its own beauty, its own character; but San Francisco is unique.  It’s the perfect combination of a city, beautiful scenery with the hills and the bay, a great melting pot of different cultures… and people are friendly! 

I remember the very first time when I saw San Francisco.  I was sitting in the back seat, about 8 years old, and my dad was driving us around the city.  At one point we headed down the curvy Lombard Street and I couldn’t believe that there was such a sight!  Maybe as a kid, it was the zig-zagging down the road which I found was a blast and had won me over.  Nonetheless, now that I’m not 8 years old anymore, I get to go to the wine country!

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Here’s a recent photo from Domaine Carneros – beautiful!

What was the most fun project you participated in and Why?

The most fun project I’ve ever worked on was building houses for Habitat for Humanity down in Fort Lauderdale.  When I used to live in Maryland, I was a part of the Habitat for Humanity in Baltimore.  18 Members, including myself, drove down to build houses for a week.  As we arrived, it turned out that other cities came down to help as well.  There must have been over 200 people building houses together.  It was the most fun project because I was able to dedicate a whole week to those in need.  Other times I would only be able to volunteer for one day of the week and then carry on with my usual life, but this was a week where all of us spent less time worrying about ourselves and more on others.  We lived a simplistic life with no talk about materialistic things, what we need or don’t need; all of us lived in a cabin for a week, woke up at 7 am every morning and built houses to about 6 pm, and then in the evening we teamed up to make dinner for each other.  It was a very memorable experience of teamwork and dedication.

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Here’s a photo from the rooftop with some of my teammates and other people who drove down from other cities to help.

In keeping the BIF going, I am asking the following questions:

  1. What was your dream job as a kid?
  2. What is your favorite place in the world?
  3. What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?

To the following people:

Yasmine Abdallah– HCM SE

Bret VanderWoude –  BI SE

Joe Chance– HCM SE

Please feel free to add me on Twitter: @CorinaLam

Those of you, who are not familiar with the “Blog It Forward Challenge”, please read Moshe Naveh’s blog [http://scn.sap.com/community/about/blog/2012/08/20/blog-it-forward-community-challenge]

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  1. Ravi Sankar Venna

    What an amazing blog.

    You are truly inspiration to many other in helping the needy people. The best quality that God can give to human being is helping others without expecting anything return. Fantastic job Corina. Keep it up.

    Best Regards,

    Ravi

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    1. Corina Lam Post author

      Hi Ravi,

      Thank you for your kind words.  I hope that I can have another opportunity like that again.  In the meantime, I’m looking forward to this month, which is SAP’s month of volunteering. 

      Warm regards,

      Corina

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  2. Tim Guest

    A really interesting blog thanks for getting involved. It’s great to hear of people doing volunteer work and helping others, good work! 🙂

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  3. Nishan D Singh

    This is an amazing blog, first time ever read on SDN or SCN, some one shared a true life experience instead of SAP error, business process, and technology innovation.

    It it truely amazing, great work Corina.

    Best Regards,

    Nishan Dev

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