Make the Shift: Former Cabin Crew to Agent of Life - Ong Pei Yi

| 23 Feb 2021

Ong Pei Yi (Credit: Great Eastern)

Changing career might seem daunting, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences. Here is the story of Ong Pei Yi, who made the shift from a former Cabin Crew to now a Great Eastern Agent of Life.

What motivated you to make the shift?

“My mother. I’ve come to realise that my mother is not getting any younger, and thus, I wanted a job that’s on the ground so that I can be with her whenever she needs me. I also wanted her to be able to retire and enjoy her retirement without having to worry about the finances at home.”

How has your past vocation as a Cabin Crew member helped you in your current career with Great Eastern?

“Like what our national carrier is known for, I’ve definitely brought over my quality of service. It has also taught me how to be empathetic and to always listen to others first. This always reminds me to understand my client’s needs before recommending a plan.”

Why be an Agent of Life at Great Eastern?

Great Eastern is like the “face” of Singapore’s insurance industry. When one talks about the insurance industry, the Great Eastern name will surface. This makes me feel unique and proud being a Great Eastern Financial Consultant!”


Everyone has something unique to offer. In collaboration with Great Eastern, we’ll be bringing you various Agents of Life, who have made the shift, to share their story.

From those who’ve served in the military to those from the finance industry, they’re here to answer your questions and give you insights on how their old skills have helped them learn new tricks.

Considering making a move out of the same industry? Find out more here.


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