Date: 27 August 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 6:30–10:00 pm
Venue: Folks Collective
Organiser: Bizad Club/GANO
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An evening dedicated to networking and forming new connections over authentic Thai food – this was what the NUS BizConnect Finance Networking Dinner promised, and delivered. With the aim of connecting alumni from the finance industry to current undergraduates, the event was the perfect setting for participants to mingle and share business opportunities, experiences and aspirations.
Laughter, light-hearted chit chat and the clink of glasses filled the air as attendees got to know each other. And with the alumni and undergraduates evenly spread across the tables, there was much for the participants to discover. Second-year BBA student Jia Wei, who was attending the event for the first time, found it a real eye-opener. “I heard about the event from a friend and decided to check it out. I’m really glad I came,” he said. “Speaking to alumni in the finance sector has given me a lot of insights into the industry that can’t be gotten academically.” Third-year BAcc student Minron agreed, adding: “Interacting with those who are working in finance has provided me with a clearer direction of my future. I am more focussed on the options available to me and have a better idea of the careers that most suit my character and personality.”
But it wasn’t just the undergraduates who benefitted from the event. Alumnus Neo Wan Hong (BBA, 1981) enjoyed the opportunity he had to network with the younger generation. “While I shared my experience with the undergraduates, I also learned a lot about current trends,” he said. “It was a two-way affair with the mutual exchange of ideas and opinions.” Some of the alumni such as Eric Ho (BBA, 1975) were delighted to discover that they had mutual industry contacts.
For alumnus Foo Check Woei (BBA, 1990), the networking session was more a way for him to give back and pay it forward. “During my years at NUS, I was lucky to receive guidance from those who had graduated,” he shared. “Now, I’m hoping to do the same by giving advice and adding value to the undergraduates.”
As the event came to an end, alumnus Jerry Yeo (BBA, 1983) remarked that the networking dinner was extremely well organised despite the tough logistics. Fellow alumnus Sally Low (BBA, 1982) too shared her thoughts saying: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to mingle with young people and hear their dreams, and also to network with other alumni. I look forward to future networking events.”
Judging by the overwhelming response and the sounds of laughter heard throughout the night, the event was a great success!
Jointly organised by the Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) and the NUS Bizad Club, BizConnect holds 3–4 industry networking events annually, successfully attracting 50–60 alumni and undergraduate students at each event.
If you would like to volunteer or know more about BizConnect’s networking efforts, do get in touch with Hamidah from GANO.