Agility: The Key Ingredient for Career Success

According to the Centre for Creative Leadership, the key ingredient for career success is Agility. It is the secret sauce that helps professionals adapt and thrive in a sea of constant change.

Hear from our very own NUS Alumnus, Fabian Tan as he shares his thoughts about Agility and his journey from being a Professional Footballer in Singapore to Ship Broker in Denmark to Executive Search Consultant in the United States and now as a principal back in Singapore.

By attending this session you will:

  • Identify what companies are looking for in hiring ‘future-proof’ talent
  • Learn useful tips for building a successful and meaningful career upon graduation
  • Understand the 4 pillars of Agility: Foresight, Learning, Adaptability, and Resilience
  • Be inspired by Fabian’s story and his hunger for adventure and growth


Fabian Tan

Fabian Tan
Principal, Heidrick & Struggles
(NUS Business '10)

Fabian Tan is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Singapore office and a member of the global Industrial and Financial Officers practices. He has extensive experience working with management teams and boards on executive search, leadership succession, and talent assessment and development projects. He covers the transportation & logistics, supply chain, manufacturing & operations, engineering, construction & infrastructure sectors in Asia Pacific, partnering with multi-national companies, private equity firms, and family-owned businesses on strategy and transformation. Previously, he was a member of the CEO & Board of Directors Practice based in the US, working closely with international energy and infrastructure clients.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Fabian was an asset broker with Maersk. He graduated as the top international trainee, and subsequently completed projects in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He specialised in newbuilding construction, distressed assets, long-term employment and financing mandates across the different asset classes. Notably, he was part of the AP Moller-Maersk newbuilding team driving in the construction of Maersk Line’s Triple-Es, the world’s largest container ships, and Maersk Drilling’s CJ-70s, which are ultra harsh environment jack rigs used for exploration and production. Fabian has broad international experience having worked in Singapore, Denmark, China, and the US. Earlier in his career, Fabian competed in Singapore’s professional football league for four years and represented the national under-23 team in regional tournaments.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance and Management from the National University of Singapore.

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Career Workshops

Date: Thursday, 12 August 2021

Event Time: 12pm – 1.30pm

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 students