Joanne Ho

What is your current position, and what do you do?
I am a Product Manager in the Marketing Department at Kemin Industries. I work closely with our customers in the animal nutrition and health sector around Asia Pacific, to improve the quality of life with our products and services. At Kemin, I am responsible for strategic marketing, new business development, as well as product and project management within the foundation products platform. I help our customers find solutions to keep animal feed nutritional values and protect their quality.
 
What made you decide not to pursue/to leave research?
I have always wanted to enter the commercial settings, to see how the innovation we create in the laboratory can be transformed into something useful that can be applied in the industry and benefit the world. Hence, I started my career at Kemin Industries as a Scientist in the Research & Development Department. I developed a number of new products during those 3 years. The products were launched, and I have seen the first sales of these products.

How did you transition into this current role from a science degree?
I changed roles at Kemin Industries from Scientist to the Marketing Department, to manage the customer laboratory. Here, I work alongside with the sales team and their customers to help them understand about our company's products and how it can be applied for their purpose. Today, I have transitioned to the Product Management role where I am in charge of the feed quality platform.
 
How have you used the skills/knowledge that you acquired, from studying chemistry, in your current role?
After graduation from UNSW with my PhD in Chemistry, I gained problem solving skills. As chemists, we are able to break down a problem, correlate, evaluate and solve problems.

What has been your biggest challenge, career-wise?
My biggest challenge, career wise, is understanding veterinary and animal science.
 
What achievement are you most proud of?
My success in moving from research to marketing.
 
What are your interests outside of work?
I enjoy sports and spending time with my young daughter.

What helps you achieve a work-life balance?
My daughter! She is a big factor as to why I should have a good work life balance.

What advice would you give to students starting their science careers?
Enjoy the process and be passionate about what you do. Start dreaming on where you want to be after 5 years!
 
Is there anything you would like to share?
Studying chemistry is fun and the world is all about inspired molecules.

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