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Semi Koen

Executive Director of Engineering @ Global Japanese Financial Institution
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Hello! My name is Semi Koen. I am a Senior Engineering Leader, Technologist, and Technical Author.
I am passionate about sharing my expertise with others and helping them achieve their career goals. With almost 20 years of experience in the tech industry, I have developed a deep understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this field.

After studying Computer Science, I started my career as a Developer, and have since progressed to Senior Developer, Technical Lead, Architect, Engineering Manager, and Engineering Director. Currently, I am an Engineering Executive Director at a global Japanese Securities Bank.

I help companies define and deliver a strategic technology vision and Software Engineers accelerate their career growth. I have been mentoring Engineers starting their career or transitioning to engineering management for several years now through work, and other volunteering or paid channels. I am excited to offer my mentoring services on MentorCruise, as I believe that paid memberships translate to mentees putting more effort into realising their aspirations.

I am happy to talk about a wide range of topics, including:

✍️ Resume review
🎭 Mock engineering management interviewing
📂 Self-Appraisal review
🌟 Preparing for the next level
🤝 Managing up, down and around
💰 Negotiating a promotion/raise
🌱 Technical or People career track
🏆 Effective technical leadership
💬 Giving and receiving feedback
🎯 Setting team goals & metrics
👩‍👩‍👦‍👦 Team happiness & productivity
🧑‍🎓 Getting the most out of internship/graduate programs
💻 Specific SW engineering topics
🗣️ Rehearsing technical presentations
👀 Dealing with imposter syndrome
👩‍💻 Being a woman in tech

Whether you are a new grad looking for advice on how/where to start, or a seasoned engineer looking to break through to the next level, I would love to help you achieve your career objectives and become more confident in your abilities! If you are interested in working with me, let’s connect: please book an one-off session or click the ‘Apply Now’ button to get started! I look forward to hearing from you!

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5 out of 5 stars

Semi is super helpful, thorough, and patient. She focuses on the desired outcome and guides step by step. A great mentor to have on your side.

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