CAREER UP the career ladder with NTUC

Are you bored or feel stagnant on the job?

Going Up the corporate ladder? Picture: stockimages /

Going Up the corporate ladder? Picture: stockimages /

The importance of growing within the company regardless of your occupation is important, and we are not talking about frequent job hopping to get that higher salary. Being comfortable with what you are doing today doesn’t guarantee that this set of skills that you have acquired on the job may help you keep your job tomorrow. What I’m saying is, one should always upgrade, pick up a course and learn something new to be more conversant at one’s job or to be ready to take up more important responsibility within the company.

With progress, Singapore’s workforce has evolved with more Professionals, Managers and Executives (PMEs) in the workplace. In a 2013 NTUC Membership poll, it is found that 35 per cent of 850 PMEs felt there could be more support at the workplace for their skills upgrading and continuous learning.

Do you know that there is a possibility of realising your potential in the work place and advance your career via NTUC Membership’s holistic 3-stage Future Leaders Programme? This initiative is suitable for professionals, managers, executives (PME), members of the Labour Movement, including young entrepreneurs, business owners and those making mid-career switches across all industries. Titled The 3-stage Future Leaders Programme, this programme may put some people off as it looks like it’s for those who wants to be leaders. Seriously, looking at the content of the programme, it is for all who want to grow on the job. Details are listed further in the article.

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At the press conference were from left: SGX;s Lyn Gasper, NTUC’s Vivek  Kumar and Patrick Tay

On other hand, new degree graduates preparing to enter the work force may also glean some vital information via these summits to start their careers with the right footing. My Paper’s latest article (@ has highlighted that there would be greater competition for a job in the new future as the number of degree holders will increase tremendously compared to previous years. So perhaps this would help you have a wider view of the various industries and an opportunity to network.

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The 3-stage Future Leaders Programme includes:

  1. Future Leaders Summit (25 CEOs/leaders with 1,000 PMEs)

At the upcoming second summit to be held at NTUC Centre Auditorium (One Marina Boulevard), movers and shakers, and trailblazers from successful establishments like Google and Charles & Keith will inspire with their stories and offer a tip or two.

To help participants be future-ready and perhaps manage their expectations, more than 25 outstanding industry leaders will inspire with their personal experiences and offer practical career advice at the upcoming second summit to be held from June 6 to 7, 2014 at NTUC Centre Auditorium (One Marina Boulevard). Speakers include movers and shakers, and trailblazers from Google, McDonald’s, Microsoft, SAP, StarHub, Twitter, UBS; entrepreneurs such as founders of Eighteen Chefs, Charles & Keith, PropNex; pioneers and explorers such as Singapore Women’s Everest team and Singapore’s first Cannes winning director Anthony Chen.

New to this session is the inclusion of Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX) as a strategic partner of NTUC Membership. For more details, the public can visit or call 6213 8810.

2. Future Leaders Series (1 CEO/leader in fireside chat with 100 participants)

Networking is the new password in career advancement. Be it with ex-coursemates, ex-lecturers or peers from the same industry. Even if you are an introvert, this is one homework that needs to be done. Numerous job opportunities are obtained via friendships that are formed through networking. Although NTUC Membership may not be selling this possibility upfront, it’s up to the individual to do the math here.

This second part of the series: Future Leaders Series (1 CEO/leader in fireside chat with 100 participants) is a series of fireside chats that have been launched since September 2013 by NTUC Membership to provide platforms to network with inspiring role models and peers. The last Fireside Chat with Tan Suee Chieh, Group CEO of NTUC Enterprise and winner of Outstanding CEO award on 12 February 2014 saw over 200 PMEs engaging in an active dialogue with him. It is limited to 100 participants so maximize the benefits of the session.

This program would be supported by specialist workshops with various partners such as Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES), Singapore Human Resource Institute (SHRI), Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group (AKLTG) and NextU. So sign up for one where an inspiring CEO or role model from your industry would be participating.

3. Future Leaders Mentorship Sessions (1 CEO/leader with 10 participants)

As Lynn Gaspar, Head of Retail Investors at SGX said at the press conference that many successful people have mentors who led them to success. In the same way, you can get some mentoring through the 3rd part of this Future Leaders Mentorship Session. Designed to help participants achieve personal success with the help of a mentoring session, it is kept to small groups where 10-15 members engage CEOs in a closed-door session over coffee. These sessions will be held frequently with illustrious leaders such as Mr Ken Ng, CEO of NTUC Income and Sandeep Suvarna, Head of Consumer Marketing-Asia Pacific & Japan, LinkedIn.

NTUC members can register their interest to take part in these mentorship sessions by writing-in to Note that priority would be given to NTUC Members who have taken part in any of the Future Leaders Summit or Series.

Quotes to mull over:

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“Today’s young professionals and executives are keen to upgrade themselves with new qualifications and job skills. Learning how to manage your own finances is also essential if you aspire to be a leader in the work-place. Long-term investing is an essential part of financial management and SGX is committed to helping Singaporeans enhance their investing knowledge by working with partners like the NTUC. We look forward to this Future Leaders Summit 2014 and collaborating on other engagement activities for PMEs throughout the next year.”

-Lynn Gaspar, Head of Retail Investors at SGX 


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The 3-stage programme motivates through dialogue, mentors our young leaders and helps them to master new skills for future challenges in their careers.  Who knows, we might just be grooming Singapore’s very own Steve Jobs.” 

-Vivek Kumar, Secretary of NTUC Membership Council



For more details, visit or call 6213 8810.

The Future Leaders Summit 2014 – Dream. Believe. Achieve.

DATE                     6 June (Friday) – 7 June (Saturday) 2014

TIME                     09.00am – 5.00pm (Day 1)

09.00am – 4.30pm (Day 2)

VENUE   NTUC Centre Auditorium, Level 7, One Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989 (RAFFLES PLACE MRT Station)

Public(FEE) NTUC Member(FEE)
Individual $250 $125(50% off public rate)
Bulk (min.10 tix) $150


National Trades Union Congress held the inaugural Future Leaders Summit on 15 – 16 June 2013. More than 25 industry leaders and entrepreneurs shared their insights and experiences with close to 1,000 PMEs over the 2 days.

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