Breakout Session 1:
School-based Education and Career Development Services and Interventions for Youth
Meeting the varying education and career development needs of our students is critical so that they are guided to make informed decisions for their future. Find out how education institutions can provide strategic education and career guidance services and interventions through an array of practical strategies and resources to support our youth in acquiring skills, values and knowledge that would prepare them for purposeful education and workforce participation.
Dr Mary McMahon
Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Education, The University of Queensland
Executive Member, Career Industry Council, Australia
Dr McMahon is a renowned figure in education and career development. She is also the developer and co-author of the internationally recognised Systems Theory Framework of Career Development which takes a holistic ‘individual in context’ view of career development. With a background as a secondary school teacher and secondary school guidance counsellor, Dr McMahon is particularly interested in the education and career development of children and adolescents.
Breakout Session 2:
Encouraging Entrepreneurial Dare
The term, entrepreneurial dare, was earlier introduced by Minister of Education (Schools), Mr Ng Chee Meng, to highlight a need to help our students develop an attitude and a mindset of pushing boundaries, of wanting to innovate and find a breakthrough across all domains of lives. Hear from successful home grown entrepreneurs who have developed a keen understanding of why and how to stay ahead even as the environment changes rapidly. Learn how they built their spirit of enterprise in overcoming adversities in their own career journeys to achieve success in their respective fields and their views on building resilience and adaptability in our youth.
Mr Thomas Fernandez
Chairman and CEO, PestBusters Pte Ltd
Author, Secrets to Dominate Your Niche
Mr Fernandez has led PestBusters to be recognised as one of the most successful pest control companies in Singapore through revolutionising and transforming the traditional pest control industry with a Pest Management System that encompasses new innovations. Today, PestBusters leverages on technologies such as a state-of-the-art Command Centre, deployment of drones and specially trained specialist with body worn cameras to bring about greater productivity, professionalism and safety to further improve the pest control industry.
Ms Nadine Yap
Chief Customer Officer, Temasys Communications Pte Ltd
Ms Yap has more than 20 years of experience in technology, product and programme management, having worked with early and late stage startups as well as technology giants like Amazon.com and Yahoo!. She is currently the Chief Customer Officer of Temasys, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) startup based in USA and Singapore. After her stint in the States and return to Singapore, Ms Yap has spoken at career talks in schools, and was an adjunct for the StackUp Programme for start-up technology at NUS Institute of Systems Science, advising on a new curriculum to prepare technologists to work in a startup environment, with a constant self-driven learning mindset.
Mr Edward Chia
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Timbre Group
At 21, Mr Chia co-founded Timbre (then named the Ublues Group) while pursuing his undergraduate studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Today, the group has evolved into a holistic music lifestyle company with a diversified yet synergistic portfolio of businesses ranging from food and beverage, concert and festivals promotion and music education. Concurrent to his professional capacity of managing the Timbre Group, he is currently a board member of the Committee for the Future Economy and was also recently appointed to be a member of the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Council from now to 2019.
Ms Rina Lim
Founder, Managing and Creative Director, Quirk Pte Ltd
With more than 13 years of branding, creative development and strategic marketing experience, Ms Lim has worked with SMEs, MNCs and goverment sectors including Wildlife Reserves and Singapore Airlines amongst others. She has also led her team to gain recognition from various design awards including HOW International Design Awards and Creativity International Awards. She has also been invited to speak about entrepreneurship and design at various events and institutions as well as judging for a Youth Entrepreneurship Competition. In 2013, she was awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Awards and has been sitting on its Board of Governors since 2014. In 2015, she was one of the 50 entrepreneurs featured in NIE’s nationwide project – SG50 Entrepreneurs Trail.
Breakout Session 3:
Emerging Trends, Emerging Industries
Faced with multiple disruptions because of technology, globalisation and our changing demographics, the recent years have seen emerging trends and industries growing with leading capabilities in order to stay ahead of rapid changes. Find out how Singapore’s enterprises, healthcare, hotel, sea transport, infocomm and media sectors have opened up new innovations and markets globally and internally, and the opportunities it avail for our youth.
Ms Tan Kaixin
Deputy Director, Human Capital Division, SPRING Singapore
SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance infrastructure. SPRING also oversees the safety of general consumer goods in Singapore.
Ms Phua Puay Li
Director, Manpower Planning and Strategy Division, Ministry of Health
Through the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Government manages the public healthcare system to ensure that good and affordable basic medical services are available to all Singaporeans. This is achieved through providing subsidised medical services while promoting individual responsibility for the costs of healthcare services. Our population is thus encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle, taking responsibility for one’s own health. There are also safety nets, to ensure that no Singaporean is denied access into the healthcare system.
Ms Margaret Heng
Executive Director, Singapore Hotel Association (SHA)
Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) is the umbrella body for hotels in Singapore. Its membership is made up of hotel entities which are represented by proprietors of hotels or appointed representatives. Its current membership comprises 155 hotels which accounts for some 90% of total gazetted room count. SHA’s mission is to be the collective voice of Singapore’s hotel industry and promote the interest of members with the common objective of advancing sustainable growth.
Mr Tay Yeow Min
Assistant Director (International Maritime Centre), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) mission is to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore’s strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore’s port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters. It also facilitates port operations and growth, expands the cluster of maritime services and promotes maritime research and development, as well as manpower development.
Mr Tan Wee Keong
Deputy Director (Infocomm Sectoral Manpower Planning & Strategic Communications), Human Capital Development Division, Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) develops and regulates the converging infocomm and media sectors in a holistic way, creating a dynamic and exciting sector filled with opportunities for growth, through an emphasis on talent, research, innovation and enterprise.
Breakout Session 4:
Enhanced Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Approaches in Secondary Schools
To better guide our students in making informed education and career decisions, many schools have enhanced their ECG approaches to better engage and empower our youth in navigating the diverse opportunities available. Hear how schools like CHIJ Secondary, Queenstown Secondary School and Unity Secondary School develop unique programmes to support the key pillars in ECG delivery in building a robust ECG ecosystem for their students. Discover how schools further synergise efforts to better support and motivate our students in their life journeys.
Ms Yeo Kai Ling
Acting Head of Department, Character and Citizenship Education, CHIJ Secondary
Mr Tan Chee Tiong
Head of Department, Character and Citizenship Education, Queenstown Secondary School
Mdm Michelle Liang Xingfen
ECG Co-ordinator, Queenstown Secondary School
Mr Scott Chew
Head of Department, Pupil Guidance and Discipline Programme, Unity Secondary School
Breakout Session 5:
Future Ready, Workforce Ready
Our pre-university schools, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Colleges, polytechnics and autonomous universities are the launch point for our youth entering further education and the workforce. Discover the comprehensive ECG structures and services by Nanyang Junior College, ITE, Republic Polytechnic (RP) and Singapore Management University (SMU) to help our students navigate and own their future education and career plans while developing their abilities, passions and skills, and using them to contribute meaningfully to society through collaboration with different stakeholders.
Mr Low Chun Meng
Principal, Nanyang Junior College
Ms Jessie Ong
Deputy Director, Student Development and Services, ITE College Central
Mr Tui Jurn Mun
Director, Office of Industry and Collaboration, Republic Polytechnic
Mr Aaron Chong
Associate Director, Dato’ Kho Hui Meng Career Centre, Singapore Management University