Date: 26 January 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 6.30 pm
Venue: Moo Bar & Grill, The Cliff at McCallum Street
An evening dedicated to exchanging views, sharing experiences and creating new connections – this was what the NUS BizConnect Human Resource & Supply Chain Networking Dinner promised – and delivered. Aimed at connecting alumni from the human resource (HR) and supply chain industries with current students, the event drew over fifty participants, and provided the perfect platform for them to network, exchange knowledge and share business opportunities.
For second-year BBA student Lim Peck Yee, who has already decided to specialise in supply chain, the networking dinner was a prime opportunity to get a first-hand perspective of the sector. “Such events are useful because they bridge the gap between academic life and the realities of the industry,” she said. Fellow student Lim Kai Chin agreed. “After speaking to the alumni in the supply chain sector, I now have a clearer picture of the industry and its challenges,” he said. First-year student Andrea Yeo Si Han, who was looking to gain some industry insights on HR, added: “Through this session, I’ve discovered new aspects of HR that can’t be learnt from books.”
But it wasn’t just the undergraduates who benefitted from the event. Poh Yingwen (BBA 2008) enjoyed the opportunity to share her experiences with the students. “No one prepared us for the steep learning curve you’ll be faced with once you’re in the industry,” she said. “This event is an excellent way for students to gain industry knowledge and exposure.” Stacy Lim (BBA 2012) agreed, adding: “In the past, I didn’t have much opportunity to speak to the seniors in such a setting so it’s great to be able to share some pointers with the undergraduates and give back to the School.” Reflecting on his own school days, Zheng Qinyao (BBA Hons 2010) remarked on how different the undergraduates today are compared to his time. “They have a very clear idea of what they wish to pursue from the outset,” he said. “It’s inspiring to see their drive and passion.” For alumnus Chye Shu Yi (BBA Hons 2014), the event was a great avenue to gain perspectives from both undergraduate students and HR professionals in the field. “As a lawyer specialising in employment law, it’s my responsibility to add a legal perspective to HR procedures,” she said. “So this sharing session is an excellent way for me to keep my ears to the ground.”
Judging by the overwhelming response and the chatter and laughter as both alumni and students mingled over food and drinks, it was clear that the night was a resounding success. First-year student Gan Chin Boon definitely did not regret his decision to attend. “Talking to the alumni tonight has helped me to decide on a school of study,” he said. “I look forward to attending similar events in future.” First-time attendee Wendy Chng Petit (BBA 1998) mirrored his sentiments. “It was very interesting to talk to the students,” she said. “Talking to them made me relive my own undergraduate journey. It really brought on a sense of nostalgia!” Having been working overseas for the last 15 years, she also welcomed the opportunity to connect with old friends at the gathering.
We would like to thank everyone for participating and making the evening such a fun and enjoyable affair. Jointly organised by the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) and the BizConnect team from NUS Bizad Club, three to four industry networking events are organised yearly. So if you missed this one, don’t fret – just keep your eyes peeled for the next one!