Date: Wednesday, 24th August 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Folks Collective, Asia Square Tower 1
A night of networking, new connections and authentic Thai cuisine, hosted by the committee members of BizConnect, the event brought together over 70 current undergraduates and alumni from the finance industry in a lush, chic setting.
Under the warm lights of grand chandeliers, participants mingled and shared their business opportunities, experiences and aspirations. Laughter and light-hearted chatter filled the air as the alumni and undergraduates got to know each other. And with undergraduates rotating between tables throughout the night, there was always something new to share and discover.
Fourth-year BAcc student Christel Yeo, who attended the event to find out more about the finance industry, enjoyed herself immensely. “Throughout the night, I networked with many people who have travelled the same path that I’m now on,” she said. “Hearing from them has given me a much wider perspective on the different careers I can pursue.”
Sharing her sentiments were fourth-year BBA student Kenneth Wang who added: “I have gained many insights that I wouldn’t have gotten just from reading the job descriptions alone. Speaking with the alumni has given me a clearer direction on the position I’m interested in.”
And judging by the presence of the two head hunters from Mizuho Bank’s talent acquisition team, Cheryl Lee and Jill Chan, these undergraduates might just be clinching their dream jobs sooner than expected.
But it wasn’t just the students who gained from the experience. Many of the invited alumni enjoyed the opportunity to share their stories, insights and learning experiences with the younger generation. Wan Tuck Wah (BAcc, 1967) was one of them, captivating his listeners with his experience as a student back when NUS was still known as the University of Singapore.
Some alumni shared that they too had much to learn from the students. Kenneth Leong (BAcc 2014), a regular supporter of similar events, explained: “It’s really refreshing to meet with the undergraduates to learn about their experience in school and hear their views on the industry.” Lui Seng Fatt (MBA, 1984) agreed, adding: “It’s extremely interesting to see how the younger generation deals with challenges. Speaking with them has given me a whole new perspective on the future of the industry.”
As the event wound to an end, Benn Ng (BBA, 1989) summed up the evening’s festivities perfectly, saying: “Tonight, everyone benefitted in some way, whether from making a new friend, learning something new or even catching up with an old acquaintance. I think we can all agree that it’s been a win-win experience for all.”