Obstacles into Opportunities: Pivoting Careers in Times of Uncertainty in 2020

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Reading headlines on the latest job market stats can make landing a graduate job seem like an impossible feat. Come and hear how graduates in 2020 faced unprecedented challenges, but turned these obstacle into opportunities.

Seniors from different faculties, who graduated in the midst of the pandemic, will be sharing on starting their careers in a field they enjoy. Learn how they overcame the challenges and obstacles posed during a pandemic.

Join us at this panel discussion with NUS graduates from Class of 2020 from different faculties to learn:

  • What to expect during the job search and hiring process
  • Tips for job searching in a challenging job market
  • Ways to pivot into a new career path different from your core area of study
  • Personal reflections and anecdotes from the recent graduates

We will have an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with them too!

Meet the Panel

The alumni in this panel, who hail from diverse backgrounds such as Economics, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering, will also share how they pivoted into their own career pathways that may not be directly related to their studies.


Nicholas Soh

Nicholas Soh

Customer Engineer, Applied Materials
Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2020

Nicholas graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2020 and is currently a Customer Engineer at Applied Materials. Prior to his university education, Nicholas was awarded a Diploma with Merit in Aerospace Technology with a Minor in Business Management from Ngee Ann Polytechnic in May 2015. As a student, Nicholas has interned at Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney before.

Kenny Wong

Kenny Wong

QA Engineer, Shopee
Mathematics, Class of 2020

Kenny gradudated with a degree in Mathematics in 2020 and is currently a Quality Assurance Manager at Shopee. Kenny has interned at Ministry of Education before, and has previously worked at BestTop Consulting before pivoting into the e-commerce industry.


Zheng Yuting

Partnership Manager, TikTok
Economics, Class of 2020

Graduated in 2020 from NUS Arts and Social Sciences majoring in Economics, Yuting is now working in TikTok as a partnership manager handling regional e-commerce clients across SEA. Yuting has always been interested in non-tech roles in tech industry, and is excited to share more personal experiences.

Cheryl Leong

Cheryl Leong

Policy Department, Land Transport Authority
Life Science, Class of 2020

Cheryl graduated with a degree in Life Sciences in 2020 and is currently working in the policy department of the Land Transport Authority. Her job include calculating the cost-efficiency of autonomous vehicles using mathematical models, as well as international relations.

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Career Workshops

Date: Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Event Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

Industries: Others

Faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS Business School, School of Computing, School of Design and Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science

Target Audience: All penultimate-year and graduating students