Story by Jonathan Tan, LabourBeat
Grab, IBM and Microsoft – These three names are among the most recognisable and progressive companies. From the biggest private-hire booking app, to computer operating systems and even hardware, these companies are responsible for many technology solutions we may not even notice in the course of work and life.
The companies were recently part of Young NTUC’s LIT (Learning is Triggered) series of events, where they hosted over 400 students and young working adults at their offices.
“I’ve always been interested in technology companies and being able to tour their officers, listen to perspectives by some of the business leaders, could well be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me,” said 27-year-old undergraduate Chia Wee Kiat who attended two of the three learning journeys.
Besides the opportunity to get to learn more about the career prospects in a fast-growing technology sector, attendees also got a better understanding of just how technology is changing the way these companies operate. There were also panel discussions on skills of the future and tips on how young workers and students can tap the internet for learning opportunities.
“Technology, to me, is a double-edged sword that can make current jobs obsolete as it creates new ones… I’m both excited and anxious about the future as there are many uncertainties as technological advancement is moving at a pace faster than many people can keep up with,” shared Wee Kiat.
“There are a lot of programmes being offered by NTUC and networks like Young NTUC that can help us keep abreast of what is going on, improve our skill sets and be prepared for the future,” said Alex Chia, 34.
Meanwhile, 33-year-old Cecilia Chai’s biggest takeaway was being able to learn more about Grab’s company journey, how it functions as a startup and its greater social mission of helping other startups as well.
“I think technological disruption is very real. I worry that whatever we learn today may not be relevant tomorrow. This is why we need to have the mindset to continuously learn and improve. Participating in learning journeys like this helps me expose myself to what is out there,” added the civil servant.