What will life be like after the Covid-19 pandemic?
Will this crisis irrevocably damage the economy and stifle my career development?
Will I be able to get a job at all?
These are just some of the questions that float around in our heads as we watch Breaking Bad for the third time in a row.
Yes, Covid-19 has even taken away the simple pleasure of binging.
Yet these are valid concerns. With so many businesses being snuffed out by Covid-19, young Singaporeans, in particular, are becoming increasingly worried about their professional futures.
How do we stay positive when everything seems to be falling apart?
Well, that’s where LIT DISCOvery comes in.
A Virtual Symposium to Lift Your Spirits
Organised by Young NTUC, LIT DISCOvery is a platform for youths to find career resources, job placements, and connect with industry professionals. Here, participants will learn how to stay relevant and navigate their career path amidst a global pandemic.
800 youths attended last year’s event at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, with simulated job interviews and speeches from industry leaders.
This year’s event will look a little different. As much as we’d like to rub shoulders with other eager participants, the Covid-19 outbreak has put a halt to shoulder-rubbing of any kind, figurative and literal.
That’s why LIT DISCOvery 2020 will be a virtual symposium.
This year, youths and young-working adults will learn valuable new skills and industry tips in a fun and seamless online experience.
Most importantly, the symposium will spread positivity and teach participants how to remain resilient during the Covid-19 crisis.
And the best thing about it?
Registration is completely free for most segments of the programme.
So, what programmes does the symposium have to offer?
Hear From The Pros
Work processes have largely moved online in the space of a few months. Such a rapid shift is bound to create anxiety and uncertainty over the future of jobs.
Ricky Lim, NETS Group CEO and MD, NETS Solutions will be talking about how “COVID-19 Has Been The Accelerator Of The Future of Work”. This swift shift online will impact job seekers like you and young workers must know how to survive and excel in this post-Covid-19 world.
Attendees will also learn the importance of being adaptable in Seah Chin Siong’s keynote sharing on “Will You Be Relevant Tomorrow?”. Seah, who is the President and CEO of the Singapore Institute of Management Group Limited, will prepare participants for the challenges of the future by instilling resilience and a willingness to adapt to the changing demands of the workforce. Fear changes? Well, time to get out of your comfort zone.
Climbing the career ladder is tough enough, but what about the stress that comes with it? Our mental health has certainly taken a hit during this challenging period. In her talk “Mental Wellness & Adaptive Resilience in Today’s Workforce”, Managing Director of Organisation & People, Temasek International, Lim Ming Pey, will educate attendees about the importance of taking care of their mental health.
Unbeknownst to many, some companies even have mental health support networks in place to help their employees deal with pressures and anxieties present in their workplace.
Talking about self-care, we know how retail therapy makes one happy. If you have noticed, many businesses, even traditional trades like hawkers have gone online to reach more customers.
Wonder how tech has powered transformation and the tips to overcome resistance in tech adoption?
Attendees can look forward to a panel discussion on “Modernising Traditional Businesses” with Ng Aik-Phong, Managing Director of Fave Singapore, Gilberto Gaeta, Director, Southeast Asia, Google Customer Solutions; Douglas Ng, founder of Fishball Story, and Eddie Seetho, Director and 3rd Generation Owner, 9s Seafood.
The opening remarks will be delivered by the event’s Guest-of-Honour, Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister For Finance.
Networking & Job Vacancies
In addition to the insightful talks, Young NTUC also partnered Wantedly, gradsingapore and NTUC e2i to bring together a network of employers.
Grab, Philips are among the employers present and will be sharing with attendees on their company culture and talent development programmes such as internships and traineeships.
They will also provide a list of vacancies suitable for young PMETs and graduating youths.
Virtual Mentorship and Career Ready Quiz
Just because this year’s LIT DISCOvery is virtual doesn’t mean you won’t get a chance to interact with industry professionals on a one-to-one basis.
Attendees can book a virtual mentorship with industry mentors across different industries and job functions.
Young workers can also take a Career Ready Quiz, designed to assess your state of readiness to welcome the upcoming challenge post-Covid-19.
Exclusive Activities For Members
If you’re an NTUC member, you might feel extra special at this year’s LIT DISCOvery because there are some exclusive activities just for you!
This includes a Live Resume Review by HR professionals and coaches, a Catalyst Profiling Test, and two extra workshops.
This first of these workshops, “Make your Online Brand Job-Search Ready”, will be conducted by Hosea Lai, the Head of Social Impact, APAC, Linkedin.
This workshop will show members how to enhance their online brand and make it attractive to recruiters and hiring managers.
In the second workshop, “Impress your Employer Virtually”, Steve Dawson, founder of Coach – Steve Dawson Pte Ltd, will coach members on how to nail virtual job interviews, which is slowly becoming the norm in this time of lockdowns and social distancing.
From the way you present your answers to your body language, his tips will arm you with the necessary skills to tackle the toughest interviews.
Get Ready, Be Inspired, Stay Positive
Navigating your career path at such a trying time can seem like a daunting prospect. But with the help of these industry experts, you’ll not only discover your own aspirations but learn the necessary steps to realise them.
Whether you’re a confused newbie in the workforce or a worker who wants level up your career game, register for LIT DISCOvery 2020 now and get inspired!
Don’t let Covid-19 stop you from achieving your goals!
Date: 10 June 2020
Time: 12.00PM – 9.30PM
GOH: Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister For Finance
Email: [email protected]
Or choose an even better deal, sign up as an NTUC member before registering for the event, that will help you unlock the premium access!
So, what are you waiting for? Head down to LIT DISCOvery website now to book your slot while there are still vacancies!
This article was first published on Goodyfeed.com and written in collaboration with NTUC.