Rebooting Graduates Tea and kickstarting professional networks.
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.
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.