When a group of National University of Singapore (NUS) Economics alumni launched a mentorship programme for undergraduates, Claire Ban (’07) was very attracted to the programme and signed up as a mentor. She says, “I have always felt strongly about giving back. If I could turn back the clock and become an undergraduate again, I would have seized every opportunity I could to understand and prepare better for the world out there after university.” Claire, who works in the logistics and supply chain industry, is now giving the benefit of her work experience to three Economics undergraduates.
The five-month-old NUS Economics Alumni Mentorship Programme, launched by alumni in collaboration with undergraduates from the NUS Economics Society, connects alumni with undergraduates looking for career guidance. Currently, there are 20 undergraduates and nine alumni mentors working in fields as varied as banking, energy, government, shipping, and transport.
Dr Lee Soo Ann, Chairman of the NUS Economics Alumni and senior fellow at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is an enthusiastic supporter of the mentorship programme. He says, “In the university setting, students appreciate advice on the paths they could take after graduation. However, they may not be familiar with the avenues they can tap into to get such guidance. The mentorship programme bridges the gap between these students and alumni, who are often very enthusiastic about giving back to the University as mentors through their time and expertise in specific industries.”
After almost four years in the working world, Claire says, “I want to help my juniors to think a little deeper, a little further and a little bit differently about life after University.”
“The programme is marvellous and extremely helpful as many lessons, such as the transition to working life, are not easily available to us. Learning through the guidance and experiences of my mentor prompted me to think beyond university life and about the years to come,” says Keh Chun Wei, a Second Year Economics student and Claire’s mentee.
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