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Taking Off With Career Tips At First 'Dreams On-Board' Event

By Janice Chian, Career Development Executive

Participants from session one huddle for a group photo together with our invited speakers.
Participants from session one huddle for a group photo together with our invited speakers.

Ever wondered about your future after graduation? Will you be plying your trade in the sector that that you have always hoped to get into? Or, are you open to opportunities that other sectors have for you? In this volatile economy where change is the only constant, these are few of the questions we urge our students to think of when considering their career path. We often hear worrying stories of hiring freeze as well as retrenchments and neglect to realise that sometimes all it takes is to take the road less-travelled and see the wonderful possibilities in other sectors.

SIM GE Career Development Office hosted two sessions of our very first Dreams On-Board (DOB) event on 4 October 2017. The event aims to create awareness for students in the Hospitality, Lifestyle and Retail-related sectors. It is also a platform for students to hear personal education and career experience stories from industry professionals. We believe that these first-hand experiences shared will inspire our students in their dreams, career choices and be instrumental in helping them to look beyond the horizon when planning their careers. The DOB event was held at a cosy area in our Multipurpose Hall to encourage more focused and personal interaction between speakers and students.

The specially invited speakers included industry professionals from Hermes Middle East South Asia Pte Ltd, K.Blu, Shangri-La Hotel, The LEGO Group, Antelope Studios and Trabble.

Mr Bryan Foong from Antelope Studios is an alumni of SIM-University at Buffalo and is now an award-winning Wedding and Lifestyle photographer. He started his entrepreneurial journey since his university days and shared, “There are many ways to get things done. The journey is the most important as it defines who you are upon arriving at your destination.”

Ms Lyn Rosmarin, Founder of K.Blu, a Singapore luxury swimwear brand advised students to “do a lot of research, and (to) sometimes grab the opportunity when it appears in front of you.”

Lim Fang Hui, a second-year student at SIM – University Of London (UOL) shared that one of the things mentioned that struck a chord with her was the advice dispensed by Ms Ong Eng Hwee, Area Director of Human Resources at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. She said: “Be passionate in what you are doing. Do not be afraid of trying new things. I encourage students to gain experiences by doing different internships or jobs during their student life so as to increase exposure.”

Also picking up valuable tips during the session by Mr Daniel Ng, Regional Internal Control Manager at Hermes was Gerald Lim, a third-year student at SIM-UOL. “One good tip I learned was to focus on my strengths, do lots of internships and be driven to improve. It is also very important to be receptive to other cultures,” he said.

Overall, this inaugural event was well-received by both speakers and students. It also achieved its aim of creating awareness for students in the Hospitality, Lifestyle and Retail-related sectors.

Mr Steven Han, Manager of Global Insights at The LEGO Group said, “Career sharing by seasoned professionals is a very good idea to impart learning and industry experience to students, especially those from the graduating batch.

“There was a well-balanced group of panellists from different sectors. It was a fantastic idea to have an alumni to be a panellist. Having entrepreneurs involved is a good idea as well as it helps spur students to do a start-up while in school. Overall, the event was well-organised by staff from the Career Service department.”

Mr Sivalingam Balasingam, Area Financial Controller from Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore sharing his experience.
Mr Sivalingam Balasingam, Area Financial Controller from Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore sharing his experience. Despite coming from an Accounting background, he eventually found his ideal career in the hospitality industry.

Personal networking sessions were held during the event.

Personal networking sessions were held during the event.

Personal networking sessions were held during the event.
Personal networking sessions were held during the event.

Posted online, 21 November 2017