Semi Koen

Executive Director of Engineering @ Global Japanese Financial Institution
United Kingdom 5.0 (10 reviews) Active last week Usually responds in a day or two


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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

The intro session with Semi was excellent. I was expecting a high level chat, but she really took the time to understand what I'm doing and offered practical and actionable advice. She is very focussed and prepared, but also friendly and easy to talk to. I've signed up for regular mentorship with her. Looking forward to it!



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
2 months

Semi was an excellent mentor. She listened to me attentively, treated me with kindness, and offered lots of valuable wisdom from her experience. She was respectful of my goals and also able to help me determine which tasks I should prioritize to work towards my goals.



5 out of 5 stars

It was a great pleasure to meet Semi. She is an experienced leader who has a wealth of wisdom to share.

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