Young Professionals

3 Aug 2019

WeWork Suntec Tower 5

Formerly known as, MClub Graduates’ Tea, re:work is an annual event that started in  1996 to celebrate the achievements of Muslim graduates from polytechnics and universities. The event provides a platform to engage fresh/recent graduates and provide them the opportunity to network with their peers, established speakers and other young professionals. It also aims to give graduates an insight into life after graduation and impress upon them the importance of planning for this next stage of their personal and professional lives. 

 

In 2018, Graduates’ Tea was given a new branding, named re:Work, a re-boot of the flagship event to focus on lifelong and networked career development. Re:work aims to connect students, graduates and young professionals to the changing world of work.

 

Re:Work Career Convention 2019 was held on 3 Aug 2019 where participants engaged and networked with professionals for valuable advice towards sustaining successful careers. The event was graced by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies and Mdm Rahayu Mahzam, MP Jurong GRC. SM Tharman Shanmugaratnam engaged the audience in a Fireside Chat on “Responding to the Future Economy”. A conversation on youth aspirations and concerns for their careers, with a focus on making sense of what the global outlook for the economy and jobs meant for the Singaporean professional, including:

  • How to understand and respond to evolving global developments and consensus around areas such as technology, free trade, and immigration, and how this will shift the competitive landscape for jobs.
  • What this means for the Singapore economy and the Singaporean professional, especially those at the beginning of their careers
  • How youths should prepare and position themselves in terms of skills and competencies and acquiring critical career experiences in their early career

Through the dialogue with SM, MENDAKI Club hopes that youths leave with a mental map of the shifting global political economy and world of work that challenges them to think and act beyond their usual conceptions of a safe and stable career, and try to chart their own paths with this as a background. This will require proactive career scanning, planning and building, something that YM and MClub aim to support through building up the density of professional networks and regular programmes on the evolving economic landscape.

Another discussion on “Navigating Diversity in the Workplace” was panelled by a diverse group of speakers: 

  • Rachel Lee, Senior Regional HR Business Partner, Shopback
  • Fang Eu-Lin, Partner (Assurance, Sustainability & Climate), PwC
  • Fadhilah Abdul Rahman, Programme Lead, Generation Singapore
  • Ustaz Mizi Wahid, CEO, Safinah Institute
  • Abdullah Abdul Aziz (Moderator)

In a modern world and active globalisation, a workplace may no longer have monogamous or dual employee backgrounds, instead one with an influx of multiple identities and talents. WE hoped that the discussion had addressed the burning concerns such as the following: 

  • How can we embrace and adapt to the various identities, which are foreign to us, at the workplace, particularly if we are the locals having to accommodate?
  • As we may not be familiar with some cultures, traditions and religions being practised, how can we mitigate potential misinterpretations that could possibly lead to misunderstandings and conflicts?
  • What are the avenues that the management or the human resource division should implement to assist employees to overcome diversities? Should there be a need for company policies to be implemented to serve as black-and-white guidelines?
  • On the other hand, to what extent should an individual practise his/her own culture, tradition and/or religion in a foreign land?

MClub intended for this conversation to help the audience resolve the challenges and grasped the opportunities that would come with diversity, how they could exercise a more positive outlook and how diversity could possibly lead to greater benefits to an organisation and its employees rather than adversities