While it all sounds like fun and games, perseverance and endurance are required, said Jessica. Creating a vibrant community can sometimes be challenging when unexpected issues crop up.
Examples include vendors not showing up, challenges over event spaces, keeping costs low, constant looming deadlines and the constant search for the right partners. She added, “A big part of my job is to deal with ambiguity despite planning ahead as sometimes, plans can change overnight. I have to be flexible and ready for surprises. Hence, I always have various back-up solutions.”
Still, it’s a job that brings Jessica, who became a mother only a few years ago, a lot of professional satisfaction. She especially feels this when the building tenants acknowledge her when they walk past each other and ask her when the next event will be held. She added, “Having supportive and satisfied tenants and colleagues who are appreciative of my efforts always brightens my day. That really motivates me.”
As for her takeaway after being with Keppel Land for eight years?
There will always be people who will comment and judge you, and no event will be 100% successful or go exactly as planned, said Jessica. Having a positive mindset is very important. But most of all, never be afraid to admit to failures and ask for help. I’m glad to have supportive colleagues at KLOUD who will have my back to make each event a successful one.