Transferable Skills Series

Self – Leadership by Dr Andrew Goh

05 May 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Livestream Alumni, Current Students

Register your interest here before 3 May 2021.

About the seminar:

This seminar will empower and equip participants with the basic life skills of first-step leadership that is leading self and others. Topics covered includes values driven commitment, how focusing on the future sets leaders apart, leading by example as well as challenges being the crucible of success. The interactive session allows students to practice what they have learned as well as get answers for their queries in the Q&A section.

About the speaker:

Dr Andrew Goh makes presentations as a platform speaker to small groups and big conferences. He is known for his insightful yet light-hearted approach. He has written various books including “Management by Humour” which he taught as an Elective subject at NTU. Among other voluntary responsibilities, he has served on the Singapore Advisory Council of World Vision International and the Board of Halogen Young Leaders Foundation.

Preparing for a Non-Academic Career

07 Apr 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

Register your interest here before 6 April 2021

About the seminar:  

This interactive webinar will provide guidance on how to maximize the value to non-academic employers of the key skills and attributes developed through postgraduate study. It is designed specifically for PhD researchers and will equip participants to bridge the ‘communication gap’ which may exist between the academic and non-academic world.As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be better equipped to ‘translate’ the value of their research skills and experience into success in non-academic career recruitment. 

About the speaker: 

With a background as a Chartered Engineer in aerospace engineering, Elaine is a freelance soft skills development consultant and an expert in doctoral education and career management. For more than ten years, Elaine led the team responsible for postgraduate professional development at Imperial College London, supporting more than 6000 graduate students in realising both academic and career goals. During this time, the innovation and impact of her team’s work were recognised by two national awards and resulted in numerous invitations to partner with internationally leading universities including NTU, HKU, MIT, and Tsinghua University. Elaine continues to research on doctoral education issues including the evaluation of skills development courses, the wellbeing of researchers and the role of creativity in scientific research.

Entrepreneurship as a Lifelong Skill

10 Mar 2021 at 10.30 AM - 22 Mar 2021 at 12.00 PM Current Students

Venue: Livestream 

Register your interest herebefore 9 Mar 2021.

About the seminar:

This session will offer insights to PhD researchers who are considering Entrepreneurship. Topics include the ingredients needed to build a startup, challenges in innovation as well as lifeskills in the age of disruptive innovation. The seminar will end with a Q&A section for students to raise their queries.

About the Speaker:

David Toh is Director and Chief Technology Officer at NTUitive, responsible for commercialisation of the University’s intellectual property. Prior to joining NTU in 2013, David worked for 20 years in finance, where he was a top-rated Asia Pacific technology sector analyst with a number of investment banks. In that capacity, David also advised public and private technology companies on corporate strategy and fund raising. After leaving investment banking, David worked as a fund manager at DBS Asset Management before setting up his own Asia Pacific focused equity fund. Prior to the finance industry, David worked as a process engineer in a semiconductor fab.  

David is also currently an independent director of SGX-listed iFast Corp and advises a number of startups in an informal capacity. He also sits on the Singapore Stock Exchange Listings Advisory Committee providing opinions on technology companies seeking IPOs. David graduated with a B.Sc. Materials Science & Engineering and a B.A. in Government and Asian Studies from Cornell University in 1991.

​Preparing for an Academic Career

03 Feb 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

About the seminar:


This session will offer insights to PhD researchers who are considering an Academic Career. Topics include a discussion of the different types of academic careers available, a look at recent hiring trends as well as advise on how to do well in the recruitment process
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About the Speaker:


With a background as a Chartered Engineer in aerospace engineering, Elaine is a freelance soft skills development consultant and an expert in doctoral education and career management. For more than ten years, Elaine led the team responsible for postgraduate professional development at Imperial College London, supporting more than 6000 graduate students in realising both academic and career goals. 

During this time, the innovation and impact of her team’s work were recognised by two national awards and resulted in numerous invitations to partner with internationally leading universities including NTU, HKU, MIT, and Tsinghua University. Elaine continues to research on doctoral education issues including the evaluation of skills development courses, the wellbeing of researchers and the role of creativity in scientific research


 

Embarking Startup Journey: Learn About Patent Applications

06 Jan 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    Career Preparation

    Venue: Livestream 

    Register your interest here before 5 Jan 2021.

     

    About the seminar: 


    This seminar will introduce students to intellectual property, patents as well as their legal requirements. Topics covered includes commercial considerations and the patent application processThe seminar will end with a Q&A section for students to raise their queries. 

    About the Speaker 

     
    Mr Ng Chong Yuan is a Singapore qualified Advocate & Solicitor and has diverse in-house work experience in technology businesses spanning over about a decade. Currently, as a faculty member of IP Academy, he is teaching and speaking on practice and management courses covering intellectual property (IP) and trade secrets. 

    Prior to joining IP Academy, he was practising law at an international law firm, specializing in Intellectual Property (IP), Technology and Commercial Laws. 

    Art of Public Speaking (Online) by Dr Granville D’Souza

    12 May 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Livestream Alumni, Current Students

    Register your interest here before 10 May 2021.

    About the seminar:

    This seminar will empower participants to multiply their communication skills dramatically while teaching creatively. Communication is key and a fundamental ability. The need to articulate and share ideas across groups of people or to a crowd has become more important with the rapid change of communication channels. At the end of this seminar, participants will understand the critical aspects of presenting or training online. They will be able to develop strategies, prepare for a presentation with the fundamentals in place and ensure a smooth delivery to small groups or large groups for any occasions.

    About the speaker:

    Dr Granville is the Group CEO of EQ Asia Pte Ltd and Peak Performers, a consulting and training practice specialising in organisational behaviour and performance. The group designs and facilitates corporate and adult workshops that focus on enhancing performance at all levels, dealing with change, forging powerful partnerships in organisations and building individual resilience and team resilience. In addition, he does developmental coaching that deals with deeper emotional issues caused from past programming. These include trauma, loss of motivation, anger and mild depression, phobias and acute fear. His initiatives are frequently used to boost performance of staff at all levels and for teams to approach obstacles objectively with a view to enhancing performance.


    Effective Persuasion by Mr Fred Then (Optional: Live Coaching session)

    21 Apr 2021 12.00 PM - 12.45 PM Current Students

    Venue: Livestream
    Register your interest here before 20 April 2021

    About the session:  

    Neuroscience research has shown that mere facts do not convince people. So, what does and how can you write a proposal that gets people to be on your side? Join Mr Fred Then for a live coaching session that will provide demonstrations of solutions with the use of the Effective Persuasion (EP) method.

    The coaching session is open to all students (including those who did not attend the Effective Persuasion seminar held on 14th April 2021) who are interested to know more about the use of the Effective Persuasion (EP) method. Students may send in *sample situations (e.g. research pitch, proposals) and Mr Fred Then will provide coaching with the intent to deepen the participants’ learning.

    Do note that this coaching session will not be counted for the attendance requirements.

    *Please do send in your sample situations to gc-events@ntu.edu.sg

    About the speaker: 

    Fred Then is an entrepreneur (7 start-ups in 7 years!), entrepreneurship educator, business coach, neuromarketeer, author and designer. He has over 20 years of start-up experience with both local and overseas organizations. In Singapore, Fred has lectured and coached 2,000 individuals and start-up teams. His intense coaching has helped entrepreneurs reduce their business failures by 90%.

    Effective Persuasion by Mr Fred Then

    14 Apr 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students


    Venue: Livestream 

    Register your interest here before 13 April 2021



    About the seminar: 
     

    This seminar aims to provide an understanding of how students can use psychological techniques in a structured format to be more persuasive. Uncover the power of emotions and how to channel it to get your desired outcome. Students will learn how to use the Effective Persuasion Method in presentations as well as during one-to-one conversations.

    Mr Then will also provide an understanding of how students can “sell without selling”. Students will be introduced to the six Principles of Influence and learn how to use these insights to create compelling marketing offers or create effective campaigns.

    The interactive session allows students to practice what they have learned as well as get answers for their queries in the Q&A section. 

    About the speaker: 

    Fred Then is an entrepreneur (7 start-ups in 7 years!), entrepreneurship educator, business coach, neuromarketeer, author and designer. He has over 20 years of start-up experience with both local and overseas organizations. In Singapore, Fred has lectured and coached 2,000 individuals and start-up teams. His intense coaching has helped entrepreneurs reduce their business failures by 90%.

    Negotiation and Conflict Management

    17 Mar 2021 at 10.30 AM - 22 Mar 2021 at 12.00 PM Current Students

    Venue: Livestream 

    Register your interest here before 16 Mar 2021

    About the seminar:

    Interaction that matters involves people. Anything that involves people will involve difference. When people differ, how they negotiate determines what they achieve. Consciously or unconsciously, everyone is already a negotiator. It is therefore crucial to learn how best to navigate negotiations strategically and effectively.

    This session will introduce attendees to the Harvard-based negotiation methodology and demonstrate how active listening skills and techniques can be used to de-escalate tensions, in order to achieve sustainable and value-creating solutions through interest-based problem-solving

    About the Speaker:

    Mr Aloysius Goh is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Sage. Certified as an international mediator since 2007, Aloysius has mediated more than 300 cases around the world with dispute values ranging from a few hundred dollars to more than USD1bn. Fluent in English and Chinese, he subscribes to a directive approach to mediation to help clients find meaningful and sustainable solutions to their conflicts.

    Presenting Your Research Outcomes

    10 Feb 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    About the seminar:

    This highly interactive webinar will feature questions and answers throughout. It will offer clear insight and sound advice to those PhD researchers who are wishing to develop engaging and impactful communication with audiences outside of their own narrow field. It will include advice on conference talks and 3-minute thesis competition. 

    About the Speaker:

    With a background as a Chartered Engineer in aerospace engineering, Elaine is a freelance soft skills development consultant and an expert in doctoral education and career management. For more than ten years, Elaine led the team responsible for postgraduate professional development at Imperial College London, supporting more than 6000 graduate students in realising both academic and career goals. 

    During this time, the innovation and impact of her team’s work were recognised by two national awards and resulted in numerous invitations to partner with internationally leading universities including NTU, HKU, MIT, and Tsinghua University. Elaine continues to research on doctoral education issues including the evaluation of skills development courses, the wellbeing of researchers and the role of creativity in scientific research.

     

    Art of Public Speaking

    13 Jan 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    Communications

    Venue: Livestream 

    Register your interest here before 12 Jan 2021.

     

    About the seminar: 

    Participants will be able to develop strategies, prepare for a presentation with the fundamentals in place and ensure a smooth delivery to anyone for all occasions. Communication is key and a fundamental ability. The need to articulate and share ideas across groups of people or to a crowd is increasingly becoming more important as channels of communication are rapidly changing. ​ 

     ​About the Speaker:

     
    Dr Granville is the Group CEO of EQ Asia Pte Ltd and Peak Performers, a consulting and training practice specialising in organisational behaviour and performance. The group designs and facilitates corporate and adult workshops that focus on enhancing performance at all levels, dealing with change, forging powerful partnerships in organisations and building individual resilience and team resilience. In addition, he does developmental coaching that deals with deeper emotional issues caused from past programming. These include trauma, loss of motivation, anger and mild depression, phobias and acute fear. His initiatives are frequently used to boost performance of staff at all levels and for teams to approach obstacles objectively with a view to enhancing performance.​


    Resilience for Mental and Emotional Agility by Dr Granville Ed D’Souza

    28 Apr 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    Venue: Livestream
    Register your interest here before 27 April 2021



    About the seminar:

    The doctoral degree represents a massive milestone in the academic journey and achievement of any student. However, it also comes with its unique challenges, as they deal with various obstacles that they might never have had to encounter before. The right attitude and the need to practice delayed gratification, optimism and resilience are key skills that help PhD students put such challenges behind them and keep climbing. The student will not only need support from others but also learn to access these resources from themselves.

     

    About the speaker:

    Dr Granville is the Group CEO of EQ Asia Pte Ltd and Peak Performers, a consulting and training practice specialising in organisational behaviour and performance. The group designs and facilitates corporate and adult workshops that focus on enhancing performance at all levels, dealing with change, forging powerful partnerships in organisations and building individual resilience and team resilience. In addition, he does developmental coaching that deals with deeper emotional issues caused from past programming. These include trauma, loss of motivation, anger and mild depression, phobias and acute fear. His initiatives are frequently used to boost performance of staff at all levels and for teams to approach obstacles objectively with a view to enhancing performance.

    Critical Thinking for Researchers

    31 Mar 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    About the seminar:

    This highly interactive webinar will equip participants to be both more conscious about and improve the quality of their thinking. After attending, participants will be better able to incorporate critical thinking into their work. Barriers to critical thinking will be highlighted and discussed to further improve the effectiveness of researchers.

    About the Speaker:
    With a background as a Chartered Engineer in aerospace engineering, Elaine is a freelance soft skills development consultant and an expert in doctoral education and career management. For more than ten years, Elaine led the team responsible for postgraduate professional development at Imperial College London, supporting more than 6000 graduate students in realising both academic and career goals. 

    During this time, the innovation and impact of her team’s work were recognised by two national awards and resulted in numerous invitations to partner with internationally leading universities including NTU, HKU, MIT, and Tsinghua University. Elaine continues to research on doctoral education issues including the evaluation of skills development courses, the wellbeing of researchers and the role of creativity in scientific research.

    Register your interest here before 29 March 2021

    Time Management for Researchers

    24 Feb 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    About the seminar:

    This session will offer clear insight and sound advice to PhD researchers who are wishing to improve their time management skills. Topics include how to decide on priorities, developing effective planning approaches, managing expectations as well as establishing positive habits.The seminar will end with a Q&A section for students to raise their queries.

    About the Speaker:

    With a background as a Chartered Engineer in aerospace engineering, Elaine is a freelance soft skills development consultant and an expert in doctoral education and career management. For more than ten years, Elaine led the team responsible for postgraduate professional development at Imperial College London, supporting more than 6000 graduate students in realising both academic and career goals. 

    During this time, the innovation and impact of her team’s work were recognised by two national awards and resulted in numerous invitations to partner with internationally leading universities including NTU, HKU, MIT, and Tsinghua University. Elaine continues to research on doctoral education issues including the evaluation of skills development courses, the wellbeing of researchers and the role of creativity in scientific research.


    Principles of Business Networking and Professional Etiquette

    27 Jan 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    Competencies

    Venue: Livestream 

    Register your interest here​ before 26 Jan 2021.​

     

    About the speaker:

    Marion Nicole Teo is a well-known Image Consultant, EQ Facilitator and Life Coach. She is the Director at EQ Asia and has worked with staff from diverse industries and job roles over the last 30 years.

     

    About the seminar: 

     This workshop will teach students how to make a positive first impression when meeting people during networking events. Students will learn how to build rapport, to start and carry on interesting conversations, to listen with more effectively and to observe body language and facial expressions. Students will learn how to boost their confidence to achieve personal effectiveness and to put themselves out there to develop and nurture better connections.

    Stress Management by Mr Suriya Sanjeevan (University Wellbeing Centre)

    19 May 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Livestream Alumni, Current Students

    Register your interest here before 17 May 2021

     

    About the seminar:

    During the hectic period of exams and midterms, feeling overwhelmed is common. This is especially the case when you are battling yourself to push away stress and keep calm. This seminar aims to help you understand and recognise the signs and symptoms of stress and learn ways to manage and cope with stressors during your academic journey. There will also be an interactive segment for students to experience techniques on “breathing exercises.

    About the speaker:

    Suriya Sanjeevan is a counsellor from the University Wellbeing Centre in NTU. He obtained his Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling from Swinburne University of Technology. He has 37 years of counselling experiences in the social service sector prior to joining NTU.

     

    Overcoming Anxiety by Mr Michael Thong

    21 Apr 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    Venue: Livestream
    Register your interest here before 20 April 2021

    About the seminar: 

    Anxiety is one of the two major mental health disorders affecting the Singapore population. While high stress levels are common, much can be done to prevent the onset of chronic and high levels of anxiety which often result in burnout and low levels of productivity in the long run.

    As such, this course aims to increase awareness of how chronic anxiety can affect our wellbeing and productivity levels, as well as equip students with practical strategies which they can implement to prevent the onset of anxiety disorders or manage their symptoms should they already be struggling with anxiety.

    About the Speaker 

    Mr Michael Thong is Clinical Psychologist who specializes in counselling, psychotherapy, and psychological testing. He has been practicing since 2014, and is experienced in stress management, anger management, depression, anxiety management, obsessive compulsive concerns, family and relationships, mood concerns, work related concerns, career counselling and intelligence testing.

    Mindfulness by University Wellbeing Centre

    24 Mar 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    Venue: Livestream 

    Register your interest here before 23 Mar 2021

    About the seminar:
    This seminar aims to provide an introduction to mindfulness and its practice to better manage stress and anxiety amidst the hectic, uncertain times we live in. Topics covered include an introduction to mindfulness, common mindfulness techniques, recognising stressors faced by graduate students and the positive impact mindfulness has on stress reduction. There is also an interactive segment where students will get an opportunity to practice common mindfulness techniques and get answers for their queries in the Q&A section

    About the Speaker:
    Sivagnanam Periasamy is the lead counsellor from the University Wellbeing Centre at NTU. He graduated with a master’s in counselling and clinical Psychology from Monash University and James Cook University respectively.

    Prior to joining NTU, Siva was working in Australia in a community setting and in Singapore he has worked in various setting as a lecturer, a psychologist, a behaviour modification trainer in a community setting and headed a community clinic for mental health. His research interests are on mental health trend analyst, anxiety and counselling modalities and their implementation eclectically in a counselling session

    Productivity During Challenging Times

    17 Feb 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    About the seminar:

    This seminar aims to provide an understanding of factors contributing to productivity and the paradox of productivity during challenging times. Topics covered include an understanding of common mental health challenges, how to recognize them as well as identifying challenges faced by Graduate students. Students will learn appropriate coping and problem-solving strategies both for self and to support others.  The interactive session allows students to practice what they have learned as well as get answers for their queries in the Q&A section.

     

    About the Speaker:

    Dr John Shepherd Lim, Chief Wellbeing Officer of Singapore Counselling Centre

    John is an experienced professional with more than two decades of experience in conducting counselling sessions for individuals and couples. He has helped many clients through issues such as depression, stress, suicidal thoughts, anger management, and many more.

     

     

    Building Emotional Strength During Unprecedented Times

    20 Jan 2021 10.30 AM - 12.00 PM Current Students

    Wellbeing

    Venue: Livestream 

    Register your interest here before 19 Jan 2021.

     

    About the seminar: 

    This seminar aims to increase awareness of the impact that unprecedented change brings on individuals’ emotional health, and equip students with strategies for personal change and emotional management, so that they would be ready to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and future uncertainties positively.

    About the Speaker:

    Dr John Shepherd Lim, Chief Wellbeing Officer of Singapore Counselling Centre

    John is an experienced professional with more than two decades of experience in conducting counselling sessions for individuals and couples. He has helped many clients through issues such as depression, stress, suicidal thoughts, anger management, and many more.