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Balancing the Grind with Geulis Tiara Alisya, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Brick

Geulis Tiara Alisya is a Talent Acquisition Specialist at Brick, a company building financial data APIs that allows developers to provide affordable, inclusive and personalized financial products.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

Sure! I graduated in 2019 with a Psychology degree. Since I have always wanted to work in the HR field, I started working as an HR & Talent Acquisition intern in startup companies. I have no idea that working in a startup company is fun and fulfilling! 

In early 2020, I started my first full-time job as a Talent Acquisition Executive in a Singapore-based health tech startup, Hello Health Group. Working here for the past two years was so remarkable. Work and learn from the best, grow, and achieve goals.

This year, I decided to start the new adventure to work in Brick, a financial API startup. Aiming to build the #1 financial API platform for Southeast Asia we need to hire many great talents. I am so happy that I get the opportunity to connect talented people with Brick. So excited for what’s to come! 

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

Wake up in the early morning – I always start with a silent moment, gratitude first, and prayer. Make up my bed and drink a glass of water. Then take a shower because it is my procrastination cure.A cup of coffee or lemon water is a good starter, followed by breakfast.

I spend 20 minutes in the morning reading a book. Continuing to read the news, check my phone, emails, and calendar. Make a to-do list of what I should do or finish by the day and start working. My workday is mostly interviewing, meeting, and working on a few projects. 

After working hours, I will take some time to exercise like jogging, working out, or attending a yoga class. Have a good rest and take a moment to call and catch up with my lovely people.

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

Luckily, yes. I did remote work for the past year. 

Somehow I missed the routine to go to the office but I enjoyed the acceptance of the flexibility of remote working. It allowed me to balance my energy, my time between work and daily life.

I still manage to go to the office or work together outside with my teammate. 

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

To me, work-life balance is all about how we can maintain the time and energy to fulfil the needs between personal and working life while you are happy and feel content.

To achieve that, I remind myself first to strive for the excellent but realistic one, not for perfection. Then setting up goals and knowing what my priority is. It will drive me to focus on what I am doing and have better time management. Cultivating a positive and growth mindset each day is also super important for me. It helps me to overcome any obstacles that I may face in my personal or working life.

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

I want to live and eat healthier. For the past few months, I’ve fallen to eat out a lot. I am starting to learn more healthy recipes to cook. 

I also practice mindful eating. When eating alone, I automatically check my phone, watch youtube, or multitask.

It’s so hard to stop this bad habit, but I keep trying.

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts, or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

Books: The Art of Thinking Clearly, The Power of Now, The Magic of Thinking Big and Atomic Habit.

I rarely listen to a podcast or subscribe to any newsletters. Just randomly listen and read what I found when I want to.

7) Are there any products, gadgets, or apps that you can’t live without?

The google calendar keeps me on schedule, Twitter to the news update, Instagram to catch up & connect with people that are far from me, Linkedin to broaden my professional network.

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be? 

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google. He is so inspiring to me.

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life, or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

You are the only one who can know and feel when your life feels balanced. Strive for the excellent but the realistic one, not the perfection.

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