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University of London hosts Speed Learning Professional Skills, a professional development event for alumni in Singapore

On 3 April 2018, the University held Speed Learning Professional Skills, a professional development event organised in collaboration the University of London Alumni Singapore. Held at the new offices of the ACCA (the University’s partner in delivering the MSc in Professional Accountancy), the event welcomed 40 recent alumni who had the chance to take part in 'speed learning' sessions designed to develop their professional skills.

Following a welcome from Holly Peterson, Head of Constituency Engagement at the University of London and Wong Boon Pin, panellist and Vice-President of the University of London Alumni Singapore, guests were divided into three groups, allowing the opportunity for guests to interact and ask questions of the panellists.

The sessions focussed on; how to network at professional events; using social media for career advancement; and developing your CV to highlight standout skills. We were delighted that four of the panellists were University of London alumni, including two entrepreneurs, a founding member of a PR firm, and a leading HR professional at a Fortune 2000 company.

The sessions were followed by an opportunity to put skills learnt into practise, as alumni were invited to network with the panellists and each other, and find out more about how to stay connected with the University of London after graduating.

The University looks forward to returning to Singapore in October 2018 to host events for our alumni, friends and supporters. If you are a University of London graduate, please register or update your contact details to ensure that you receive your invitation.

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The panel

Charles Tan
UoL alumnus Charles is a co-founder of charity fundraising start-up Raffles Place, as well as fintech start-up Global Alternatives. Prior to entrepreneurship, he was the London-based Director of Investment Trust Research at Cantor Fitzgerald. Charles also holds an MSc Finance & Economics from the LSE and is an LSE External Study Scholarship recipient.

Wong Boon Pin
Boon Pin currently works in a Forbes Global 2000 company and has been in the HR industry for over five years. He has held various HR roles and is currently an IT Recruiter, certified in LinkedIn recruiting. He is also the Vice President of the University of London Alumni Singapore.

Sally Yeo
Sally is one of the pioneer members and a PR Consultant at Prospr, Singapore’s first public relations agency serving start-ups and SMEs. She also manages her personal lifestyle platform, with over 100,000 followers across Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, executing social media campaigns for brands like Hilton Hotels, Renaissance Hotels and Legoland.

Wiro is the brand owner of Batique, a fashion retail company. A first of its kind, Batique blends the beautiful art of Batik with the demands of modern fashion. An avid backpacker, Wiro travels in search of cultural meaning of his destinations.

Karen Tang
Karen Tang is Manager of Career Development with SIM Global Education. As a certified Career Development Facilitator (ACCDF), she is committed to empowering individuals to be career-ready and has guided them to craft effective resumes and perform at job interviews. As a certified Big 5 and MBTI Personality Profiling Coach, she has enabled groups of undergraduates and fresh graduates to discover their strengths to thrive in the workplace.

Nik Chong
Nik Chong has more than 20 years of extensive working experience across different industries ranging from executive placement, banking, engineering, heavy equipment, transportation, construction and consultancy and higher education. His area of work spans across the whole spectrum of human resource management including manpower planning, recruitment & selection, and training & development and general administration.

As part of his training and consultancy work, Nik has conducted various workshops and training programmes on a range of topics for business organisations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. His specialization include Leadership Skills, Supervisory Skills, Entrepreneurship, Personal Effectiveness, Career Ownership, Performance Evaluation skills, Interviewing and Selection skills, Coaching, and Goal-setting.