SGfuture LM Series @ LinkedIn Singapore
By Fan Tai Soon
Entrepreneurship Community Champion
On 17th February 2016, Young NTUC held the first dialogue session for its SGfuture Labour Movement Series at LinkedIn Singapore which was located in the very gorgeous looking Marina Bay Financial Centre. Discussing on the topic of Transferrable Skills & Career Identity, the event was attended by about 100 Young NTUC members, which included some of our very own nEbO Champions. Venue sponsor LinkedIn Singapore very kindly gave us a peek into their daily lives by giving all attendees a little tour around their office, showing us not only the work environment of the various departments, but also the welfare offered to these employees. Having missed a few nEbO events in the past year, this was a great opportunity for me to catch up with some of my fellow nEbOians and friends from Young NTUC, while gaining an insight to one of the most sought after employers worldwide.
After the tour the session proceeded with a dialogue with 4 distinguished panelists who were individually experts in their own field. It began with Ms Rebecca, Assistant Director of Human Capital Leadership Institute, who shared with us 5 ‘to-do’s agreed upon by successful professionals. Next up was Mr Roger, Senior Director for Corporate Communications at LinkedIn Singapore, who shared with us his personal professional experience at various tech firms, and how to establish a personal brand. Following that was Mr Hector, who currently runs his own HR firm at GioCareers, had shared a funny story with us about how he was convinced to do 3 different Master’s degrees. Wrapping up was Mr Russell, President for Applied Materials SEA, who shared with us about the faith his predecessor, had in him, despite his relative youth as compared to his colleagues. The experiences shared by the four panelists undoubtedly invoked some deep thinking among the attendees regarding their own career paths, and their questions formed a beeline during the Q&A session. These ranged from questions about career progression to questions about professional decisions. The panelists had incredibly thoughtful advices for all of them and I was thoroughly impressed. They say that time flies when you are revelling in it, and without me realising it 3 hours went by in a blink of an eye.
On hindsight, I am grateful to nEbO for giving me the opportunity to attend this panel discussion. It offered me much food for thought about my future career, and how to prepare for the working world. The highlight of the event for me had to be the tour around the LinkedIn Singapore office. While I do understand that not every company will be able to offer its employees the welfare that LinkedIn Singapore does, I do hope that this is a direction that more firms will look towards. A liveable workspace allows employees to feel more relaxed and perhaps enjoy their workplace more. I have no doubt that this will in turn improve productivity and the general well being of the labour force in Singapore. With that, I eagerly look towards the next invitation from nEbO to events of this genre.
More pictures of the event - http://on.fb.me/1VGeBMi
Posted by Fan Tai Soon on 26 Feb 2016, 11:00 am
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