The Future of Work with the Gig Economy

You have probably heard of the term “gig economy”, a developing trend that reflects a free market system in which organisations and independent workers engage in short-term labour agreements.

The gig economy is commonly defined as digital platforms that allow freelancers to connect with potential clients for short-term jobs, contracted work, or asset-sharing and includes everything from private tuition, to food delivery to freelance services such as photography, graphic design and IT support. Some of the best-known platforms are Fiverr, TaskRabbit and Handy, where you can find business consultants, bloggers, social media specialists and many other freelancers.

If you have not given much attention to such short-term projects (commonly known as gigs) yet, this workshop will shed some light on what it means to be part of this rising economy, how you can be a part, and provide some direction that you may pursue.

The opportunity in the gig economy is already huge and growing at a fast pace. Globally, in 2023, the projected gross volume of the gig economy is expected to reach 455.2 billion U.S. dollars (Source: Statista) whilst in Singapore, according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the number of freelancers in Singapore was around 10 per cent of all employed residents (Source: Vulcan Post). If you have already started freelancing or are curious about the possibilities, this workshop is for you.

In this session, you will learn more about:

• Characteristics of the gig economy 
• Pros and cons of freelancing in the gig economy
• Knowing your rights
• Building your profile
• Utilising NUS Internship-As-A-Service (IAAS), the University’s two-sided gigs marketplace

This workshop is part of the NUS Internship Day 2022. Find out more about the career fair here.  

Liew Wei Jie
Liew Wei Jie
Head of Product Management, NUS Centre for Future-ready Graduates

Wei Jie heads the Product Management team within NUS CFG, NUS’s dedicated career centre, where he works with internal and external stakeholders on various technological products to aid and enhance our students’ experiences in preparation for employment. As the head of Product Management, Wei Jie leads market research projects and product development involving product road maps, as well as characteristics associated with brand development.

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Career Workshops

Date: Monday, 12 September 2022

Time: 12pm – 1pm

Event Venue: Online (via Zoom)

Industry: Others

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

Target Audience: All students