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Rebooting Graduates Tea and kickstarting professional networks.

Young Professionals

18 Aug 2018

Suntec City Convention Centre

Learning is from birth till death. We must always see whether we are constantly learning, if we don’t, it’s probably time to make a switch.”

Ainun Najib

Ainun’s words wisely and succinctly summarised the purpose of re:work, a reboot of our annual Graduates’ Tea. re:work focuses on lifelong learning and networked career development. This reboot welcomed both students and working professionals to re-imagine career journeys, a move away from a focus on new graduates only. The evening’s programme emphasised the need to consistently refine existing and build new skills to be resilient as the future of work evolves.

As a prelude to the event, SkillsFuture Advice led a workshop on “Building a Career Roadmap”. The aim was to help youths build a strong career narrative for themselves by matching their training, skills & aptitude with emerging opportunities in the market.

It’s important to have people who look like you being represented in careers that you never even imagined could be possible.”

Aziza Sheerin

Fast forward to re:work event and our panel discussion on “Building Successful Careers Amidst Constant Change”. Our three speakers, Ainun Najib (Head of Business Data Platform, Grab), Aziza Sheerin (Regional Director, General Assembly) and Khairul Rusydi, (Co-Founder, Reactor Industries) weighed in on various topics such as active career management, launching a regional career and the importance of a mentoring network. Aziza highlighted how crucial it is for youths to have role models to look up to: “It’s important to have people who look like you being represented in careers that you never even imagined could be possible.”
The need for Malay/Muslim youths to dream bigger, beyond Singapore’s shores alone, was brought up by Khairul. He emphasised the need to build a Singapore diaspora by building the knowledge, skills and motivation that enable individuals to adapt effectively in cross-cultural environments, particularly across ASEAN. These are valuable soft skills to bring back home and affect positive change in our community.
The narrative we’ve had for the nation so far will change, and the narrative for us in the future would be to have a Singapore diaspora in which our young people will work around the region. It’s important for us to decide where we want to call home, and home is where people help one another and form a community.”

Khairul Rusydi

He also commented on the epochal tendency to consume information in bite-sized pieces, stressing the need to read long-form works to hone focus and build coherence in analysis, mental framing and structuring.

We capped off the evening by giving the room a peek at CareerConnections, a shared network of students and young professionals committed to helping all youths in our community build successful careers. We announced pilot programmes with 4 youth-focussed professional networks–Muslim Healthcare Professional Association (MHPA) for healthcare, The Codette Project and M Society for technology, Jazari Engineering Network for engineering, and our very own MClub Legal Chapter for law. Through these partnerships, we’ll be offering new hands-on programmes in 2019 to guide youths in navigating career decisions through dialogues, workshops and mentoring networks.