Weilynn Tan from the Class of 2011 lives in the United States and is the Head of App Market and Strategic Partnership Growth at a FinTech company.
After studying a double Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law Degree at Monash University, Weilynn worked as an Industrial Relations and Employment Law Paralegal then as a Corporate Litigation Paralegal. She soon realised that the legal field wasn’t for her and began helping small businesses with their social media, events, marketing, business strategy and growth. ‘This is when I recognized that I really liked helping small businesses grow and that I liked building strategies for growth,’ said Weilynn.
In 2014, Weilynn relocated to San Francisco and started working for a tech start-up owned by the Financial Times. She then moved to Clover Networks, a cloud-based point of sale platform that provides hardware and software to equip small business owners with the right systems so that they can do what they do best, their business.
Fintona’s small class sizes nurtured this method of thinking and learning. It equipped me with the ability to work cross-functionally, build teams and processes and then scale for growth.
After a time in a Product Strategy role in charge of the App Market, Weilynn was promoted to her current role. ‘I look after all global strategic partnerships and drive revenue growth through business and product strategies which require business development, negotiating legal commercial terms and ideate, and building and deploying programs to increase revenue,’ said Weilynn.
‘I enjoy the fast-paced atmosphere and love that I’m working on a product that hundreds of thousands of small businesses are using to help run their business.
‘The best thing that prepared me for my career is not the end outcome but all the brainstorming, strategy, planning, and teamwork that’s required to execute a final project or a team exercise. Being able to recognise people’s strengths and build a plan to achieve a goal is a skill that I’ve taken from School to my career. Fintona’s small class sizes nurtured this method of thinking and learning. It equipped me with the ability to work cross-functionally, build teams and processes and then scale for growth.’
At Fintona, Weilynn loved trying new things and was involved in debating, cross country, community service, and soccer. She credits all her teachers with giving her the resources that she needed to excel and reminding her that through all the doubt she had, she could still do what she wanted to do if she put her mind to it.
Whilst moving and working abroad comes with many challenges including visa applications, lawyers, and navigating new foreign systems, Weilynn says it’s certainly been worth it and very exciting despite not being able to travel or visit home during COVID.
‘Mind over matter. Your brain is your strongest muscle. Be ambitious, keep persevering and stay positive,’ is Weilynn’s message to current students at Fintona.