The One ACS Career Forum Webinair 2020

Panel 1The ACSOBA hosted the inaugural One ACS Career Forum Webinar for the students, parents and alumni of the ACS family and the Methodist schools in Singapore on July 18. Organised by the ACSOBA and sponsored by the ACS Foundation (“ACSF”), the Forum, with the webinar being the ninth edition, is an annual flagship One ACS event that reaches out to all our ACS units and seeks to strengthen the bonds within the ACS family. The webinar was extremely well received with more than 1500 ACSians past and present, as well as students from Methodist Girls’ School, Fairfield Methodist School and Geylang Methodist School registering for the webinar.

During the opening prayer, Morgan Zhou led participants in giving Panel 1thanks to God for the incredible privilege to gather as one Methodist family of schools for the One ACS Career Forum and to respond in praise, gratitude and obedience to God’s calling placed upon their lives. Lock Wai Han, the President of the ACS Old Boys’ Association, delivered the opening address and highlighted the context of a Covid-19 world and how the forum would shed light on what to expect, how to survive, adapt and thrive in the ‘new normal’ through the collective wisdom and insight of alumni panellists and speakers representing all our 7 ACS schools. He also expressed gratitude to the ACSF for its active support of the Forum from its inception. The ACSF is the umbrella foundation for all of the ACS schools, which assists them in enhancing the holistic education Panel 1needs of our students and teachers, and through them, helps to share with society the blessings and rewards of receiving an ACS education.

After a virtual rendition of the school anthem, Jonathan Yuen, Equity Partner, Rajah and Tann Singapore LLP engaged our distinguished alumni, Sandra Chua, Senior Manager, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore; Dr Wong Tien Hua, Family Medicine Practitioner and Past President of the Singapore Medical Association; Kelly Koh, Director of Admissions, Singapore Institute of Technology; and Jeremy Nguee, Chef-Owner, Preparazzi Group of Brands, in a lively discussion on career experiences, advice and personal lessons learned from their own time at ACS and in their own career Panel 1journeys. They also discussed the impact that Covid-19 has had on the workforce and how their industries have had to react, recreate and innovate in this rapidly evolving economic reality.    

Geetha Creffield, Head of Arts, ACJC, led the next segment of the webinar and hosted ACS alumni from our 7 schools – Dr Abigail Nyam, Kathleen Teo, Tavis Tan, Patrick Tjandra and Kevin Ong – in a discussion on what to expect during the tertiary admissions process, the qualities that admissions panels look out for as well as tips on how to differentiate oneself from other candidates in today’s highly competitive environment. The Q&A module was abuzz with activity throughout the webinar; panellists and speakers responded to a total of 65 questions in both the Q&A module as well as through their live segments! For the panellists and speakers, this was a special occasion to reconnect with friends virtually, renew ties with the ACS family, bear testimony of God’s leading and provision, and reminisce and pass on the torch of knowledge and experience to the current generation. Who better to tell the ACS story than those who have lived it?

The ACSOBA Management Committee would like to thank the ACS Foundation for its sponsorship of the event, the Principals of the ACS schools for their support, the One ACS Career Forum 2020 Planning Committee and members of our own OBA Management Committee for their time and sacrifice in pulling off the herculean task of planning and running this event virtually. We also give thanks for the unbreakable ties that make our ACS family unique and for the ACS Spirit that lives on through all of us who devote our time, effort and resources to further the ACS call to serve our alma mater.

To God Be The Glory, The Best Is Yet To Be!

One ACS Career Forum 2020 Planning Committee

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