Alumni give back — FASS Conversations: Design your Career

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Making career decisions is never easy. To partner you in this decision making process, the Centre for Future-ready Graduates, together with the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences organized the “FASS Conversations: Design your Career” talk where questions were collated from you and your peers, categorized into 3 topics and addressed by the young Alumni:

Topic 1: Value of a FASS degree- Translating NUS experience for corporate success
Topic 2: Job Search Strategy
Topic 3: School to Workplace Transition

Young Alumni with experiences across the industries of Non Profit, Industry development, Marketing, Consulting, Public Relations and Tourism were present:
– Rachel, Assistant Manager, Resource Development and Communications at World Vision
– Shawn, Co-founder and Business Lead at Monocoque Service Design
– Soo Yee, Manager, Industry and Enterprise Development Group in F&B Services in SPRING Singapore
– Amanda, Senior Executive, Resort Marketing at Resorts World Sentosa

Those who were present valued the candid sharing from the young Alumni who spoke of the importance of acquiring experiences throughout their undergraduate years, being proactive to meet and speak with people from different backgrounds. Going on Student Exchange Programmes, securing local or overseas internships, participating in hall activities, CCAs and gaining volunteering experiences are just some examples of avenues where you can gain exposure to your fields of interest and acquire soft skills. One of the unique selling points of a FASS graduates are people and communication skills and ability to offer a different perspective on the issue at hand. This puts you in a better advantage in organizations where employees are required to work in teams or brainstorm ideas to creatively solve real world problems.

Some Alumni shared that it was a natural transition for them moving into their first job as things just fell in place nicely when they were searching for their first job. Having exposure to the industry and knowing people in the field greatly helped them in their decision making process and the transition. The Alumni present also candidly shared about the toughest interviews that they went through and emphasized on the importance of not only being prepared for the interview but also having the right attitude when presenting yourself to potential employers. Sharings on work culture, the make-up of colleagues in their work places and challenges faced in their roles gave the audience fresh insights on what to expect in the real working world. The Alumni were open and generous in their personal sharing and offered valuable tips. We look forward to organizing a subsequent installment of this well-received FASS Conversations talk!

To hear from HR Managers perspective on the topics covered, we invite you to the 3rd Instalment of the HR Perspectives – Recruitment Deciphered! Talk on 6 Apr, Wed, 4-6pm.

Take a glimpse into the “behind-the-scenes” process of job applications and understand from HR’s perspectives on what makes or breaks an application.

<Click here> to sign up for the event!

Geography Major Bright Ong on puppeteering

Friday, 11 July 2014

Straits Times

Actor-puppeteer Bright Ong made a pact with his parents, after graduating from university, that he could be financially independent as an actor in two years, but managed it in half the time by eating just one or two meals a day.

The 26 year old’s love for performing was ignited when he started acting in amateur productions at university, and was trained in theatre as a member of  the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT)’s The Young Company.

FASS Mentorship Programme 2014/2015

Dear FASS students, if you are planning to graduate in 2015, this is for you!

FASS Mentorship Programme 2014/15 (FASSMP)

In this programme, you will be matched with a FASS Alumni Mentor who can lend a Helping Hand in your Transition fromUniversity to Working Life. Each student will be matched with a mentor who can provide you with career and personal development guidance over the period of 1 year (August 2014 till July 2015 – during which at least four meetings are encouraged). It is up to mentors and their mentees to decide how best to engage each other in the exchange of ideas, and sharing of experiences and knowledge; whether over a meal, involvement in seminars and event management, or office visits to understand the working environment etc. In 2013/14, 86 FASS students were enrolled in the programme.

More information about the FASSMP can be found at our website:http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/studentlife/mentorship.html

call for mentees poster_new deadline_25 april

U@live with Lim Siong Guan

Join us for an evening with Lim Siong Guan! – 27 March 7.30pm

The Leader, the Teacher & you: Leadership through the Third Generation
Join the former Head of the Civil Service as he invokes his many years of stewardship under three Prime Ministers to tell us about this values-based and other-centered leadership – that asserts that the greatest wealth of the first and second generations must be the third generation itself.

Details of the event are as follows:
A unique feature of U@live is that not only will it be viewed by a live audience, it will be streamed live through a dedicated website (www.nus.edu.sg/ualive). The event will also incorporate a new interactive application that allows users to post questions and vote for their favourite questions in real time. The event will consist of a 10-minute talk by the speaker followed by a 20-minute interview conducted by Mr Viswa Sadasivan and a 30-minute Q&A session open to the live and online audience.

Date: 27 March 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
(Registration at 6:45pm, Seated at 7:15pm, Cocktail reception after event)
Location: Auditorium (2nd Storey), Shaw Foundation Alumni House, National University of Singapore, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244

We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us for this event.

Register HERE!

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FASS 2014 Alumni-Student Mentorship & Networking Evening

Dear FASS Students,

Are you curious to find out where your FASS Seniors have gone on to do?

What career options and paths are open to you as a FASS student?

Come join us for the 3rd run of the FASS Alumni-Student Networking Evening, where you would be able to mingle and chat with your FASS seniors from different industries.

See you there!

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    ** PLEASE PRE-REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE:

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