Rachelle Phua

Rachelle held an internship position at Neurotrend from December 2018 to May 2019 as a Business Development Associate. She was a constant ray of sunshine here in the office and upon her departure, we conducted a mini farewell interview with her, in hopes to share her journey with future potential interns.

Where and what are you currently studying?

I am currently a Year 3 Economics major at the National University of Singapore.


Can you share with us more about your role in Neurotrend?

As a Business Development and Marketing Associate, some of my key responsibilities would be to support the Business Development team in their projects and to also execute marketing strategies. As BD associates, we help to support the team by facilitating lab tests and conducting market research. Whereas for the Marketing side, I work together with my fellow Marketing associate to plan content calendars and write informational articles on Neuroscience.


Why did you choose to sign up for a role with NT? 

Hm, honestly, when I was applying for internships back in the last quarter of 2018, I was looking for companies which would provide me a platform to grow and learn new things. Supported by a strong culture of growth, Neurotrend provided me not only a hands-on learning experience - but also sold me a bigger vision, a purpose behind the things they do. For instance, the team believes strongly in advancing the market research frontier with the help of Neuroscience and their technologies. In hindsight, I would say it was their strong belief and passion for what they were doing that moved me to eventually apply and try out for a role with the team! And I’m really thankful and lucky that the team took me in as an intern for the past 6 months, it’s been an amazing time and I have no regrets.


What is the best part about your job here? 


The best part about my job here would be...the strong belief and passion that drives the team to do what they do every day - which is to extend the market research frontier with the help of Neuroscience. It’s an infectious belief that motivates and pushes everyone in the team everyday!


During your time here in Neurotrend, where did you usually go to for lunch and what was your favourite lunch meal?


Wah, lunch ah! Hahaha, yes lunch is very important. Well, there are quite a few places around one-north with really good food! But if I had to pick, it would be Koufu at Fusionopolis - where I usually go to for lunch since it’s air-conditioned. Hahaha.


My favourite lunch meal would be the ABC soup with brown rice from Koufu Herbal Soup stall! It’s pretty simple but I love it. And it’s good for health too!


What's your favourite go to office snack?


MILO! Okay, I know it’s not really a snack but it’s just too good to not mention. If I could drink only 1 drink for the rest of my life aside from water, it would definitely be milo. I love it - canned milo, packet milo, milo powder mix, coffee shop milo...any milo is great milo!


How about your office must haves? 


Well, aside from lots of blank A4 paper and my trusty 0.5 pen, I would say dry shampoo? Honestly, I only started using it during my time with NT and I wish I found out about the magic of dry shampoo earlier! Wait, disclaimer ah, I still wash my hair every day but dry shampoo just helps me to combat the greasiness after a long day *laughs*. Once, I tried to introduce the wonders of dry shampoo to the rest of the team too but I guess..it wasn’t convincing enough *laughs*.


What do you usually wear to work?


T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers! Dresses on days when I’m rushing out of the house since it’s just one piece so it’ll be the most convenient *laughs*.


Describe the neurotrend team in 3 words!


Passionate, caring, persistent.


Any advice for future juniors or interns?


Approach any internship you take on with an open mind. This is really important because it’ll allow you to be open to learning new things and gaining new experiences. After all, an internship is one that helps you to not only find out more about the industry but to also gain a better understanding of yourself as a person and the areas where you can potentially improve on and grow in! So yes, I would say having an open mind is really important in the way we approach our internships because there’s so much we have yet to learn or experience!