Fresh out of university and eager to take on the challenges of working life, how does one learn to cope effectively in today’s competitive society? The Commencement Classes of 2011 and 2012 from the National University of Singapore (NUS) picked up useful skills and tips at the “Future-Proof Your Career” seminar, held recently at NUS’ University Hall. The seminar was organised in appreciation of the alumni’s contributions to NUS’ Commencement Class Giving campaign.
Reflecting NUS’ enduring tradition of giving back, the Commencement Class Giving initiative, part of the University’s Annual Giving campaign, aims to instil a giving spirit in students. The initiative sees the graduating class of each year come together to make a gift in support of their juniors and student activities.
NUS alumnus Stuart Tan (’99), who majored in psychology at NUS’ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, conducted the seminar. Stuart, who is Managing Director of HR consultancy firm Alliance Consultancy Private Limited and a trained psychologist, has conducted many training programmes that focus on personal development and effectiveness, as well as on marketing strategies for start-up businesses.
From stressing personal development skills such as the importance of cultivating an inquiring mind, to career-proofing strategies that emphasise networking and adaptability, Stuart effectively engaged the young NUS alumni in a series of exercises that provided invaluable insight into the realities of working life. He also discussed the impact of globalisation and communication.
He says, “Many fresh graduates go into the workforce without much understanding about characteristics that will keep them ahead of their competition. Many of these softer skills and people skills are sometimes the most potent skills that keep people afloat in tough economic times.”
Yana (’12), who recently graduated from NUS’ Faculty of Engineering and attended the seminar, said, “The seminar was really good and helpful, especially for new graduates like us who are about to begin our careers. Thank you for putting in so much effort to organise such an event! I look forward to attending similar events and other NUS alumni activities.”
The NUS Annual Giving campaign is a yearly appeal to NUS alumni, staff, faculty and friends to help make a positive impact on students’ lives through philanthropic support. The support will translate into bursaries, scholarships as well as student programmes at different Faculties.
For information on NUS’ Annual Giving campaign, visit http://giving.nus.edu.sg/annual-giving/about-annual-giving-campaign/