Our Story

5stepCareers is a career consulting, guidance, and education company devoted to enabling students to get better jobs faster. Using cognitive science and new  patent-pending learning methodology, InteLearn™ developed by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, we aim to increase career confidence and readiness in 5 steps: Career Strategy, Pitching, Networking, Resume Writing, and Interviewing.


Our Strengths


1. Experience and credibility of a hiring decision maker for banking, consulting, startups, and corporates.

2. Insights and expertise from an international team with members from the USA, China, India, and Singapore. Based in Singapore, but with a global outlook.

3. Passion to improve learning techniques and helping people get the job that they want. 
(Brian spent an entire summer in college delivering pizzas and he doesn't want people to be in the same situation.)


Our Team
Brian O'Dwyer

Founder of 5stepCareers

Work experience: 20 years


Brian has screened over 10,000 resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates during his time as an investment banker (Credit Suisse), strategy consultant (A.T. Kearney), CFO (SkyWest Airlines, sold to Virgin for USD 100 million), and an entrepreneur (CognaLearn). He has also served as a career coach for Columbia and Duke University, and currently balances a life with four children and 5stepCareers.

Vishal Rituraj

Marketing and Communications Manager

Work experience: 1 year


Equipped with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Birla Institue of Technology) and a Master of Global Business in Contemporary Marketing Management (SP Jain School of Global Management), Vishal has a vast array of experiences in the marketing and communications industry, which he is taking a step further with 5stepCareers. Vishal is passionsate about creative writing and cosmology and is a professional freestyle footballer.

Yi Jinzhou

Product Manager

Work experience: 6 years


Equipped with a Bachelor of Engineering (NUS) and an MBA in Strategy & Entrepreneurship (INSEAD), Jinzhou has worked for Hewlett-Packard as a Quality Solutions Engineer and a Marketing Product Manager. Her passion for entrepreneurship and start-ups led her to experiment with developing her own start-up for food-delivery services (Hotmama Lifestyle Delivery), and led her to where she is today with 5stepCareers.

Frances Loke Wei

Content Writer and Editor

Undergraduate at NUS


Frances is a linguistics major pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at the National University of Singapore. She is also an Assistant Editor of Unravel: The Accessible Linguistics Magazine and part of the Kodrah Kristang committee working to revitalise the endangered Portuguese-Malay Creole of Malaya. She pursues her passions in environmental advocacy through a non-profit she founded called Little Green Men. Her interest in improving pedagogy, learning outcomes, and editing led her to 5stepCareers.

Keen to know more? Connect with us.

We'll be happy to answer your queries on career advice, collaboration, and the company. Reach out to us via email (info@fivestepcareers.com), social media, or the Contact page.

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