Published on 04 Apr 2024

Fostering Sustainable Careers: A Recap of Career Forward 2024 by Mediacorp

Career Forward 2024 - Mediacorp spearheaded a new initiative aimed at empowering job seekers to future-proof their careers. The goal is to provide potential job switchers and recent graduates with the necessary support to understand the changes in the workforce landscape and equip them with the skills to confidently embrace constant change.

In the current work environment, new trends have emerged that place a greater emphasis on an employee's relevance and digital dexterity than on their tenure and experience. To remain competitive in the next 3-5 years, the most vital skills needed are adaptability, creativity, and digital literacy. Another prominent trend shows the significant increase in smart machines working alongside us. Automation, robotics, and AI are rapidly advancing, causing drastic changes seen in jobs.

The event is anchored by three main pillars prevalent in Singapore’s economy:

Event Highlights

The event was launched by Minister of Manpower, Dr Tan See Leng, and Mediacorp CEO, Tam Loke Kheng. Dr Tan kickstarted the event with his opening speech, where he mentioned the prevalent workforce challenges in Singapore’s ageing population. He emphasised that we need to pivot our focus on sustainable approaches that cultivate productivity-driven growth and value-added practices.

During the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) Committee of Supply debate in March, he discussed how MOM will continue to provide support for both Singapore’s workers and businesses in the current challenging working environment. Dr Tan highlighted the importance of promoting career health among workers, helping them to identify and seize opportunities. At the same time, MOM seeks to assist employers in expanding their talent pool and access to skilled workers.

Dr Tan stresses the importance of career health for Singaporeans and how to achieve it. Every worker is called upon to take charge of their career by actively developing career plans, pursuing job and training opportunities, and adapting plans as life priorities evolve.

He also announced that the government offers a jobs and skills finder feature on a pilot programme called Polaris, which provides career coaching and guidance. The programme has received positive feedback, and the government plans to scale it up for more subscribers. Despite the tough economic environment, Dr Tan encourages workers to remain optimistic and seize opportunities.

PaCE@NTU’s Commitment to Future-proofing Careers

The Career Forward event received support from the Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU). PaCE@NTU recognises the significance of keeping up with the ever-changing workforce landscape. We offer a diverse range of courses that aim to develop the necessary skills for future jobs. The SkillsFuture Career Transition Programme (SCTP) covers a wide range of disciplines that meet the needs of potential career-switchers. Not only that, PaCE@NTU also provides different programmes like short courses and NTU FlexiMasters that are suitable for professionals eager to upskill and reskill in their respective fields.

As pioneers of continuing education and lifelong learning, PaCE@NTU aligns perfectly with Mediacorp’s goal of empowering job seekers to future-proof their careers. The hands-on participation in the event demonstrates PaCE@NTU’s unwavering commitment to providing quality education and training. We aim to help professionals adapt to the changing workforce landscape and stay ahead of the curve. Get started on future-proofing your career today, view all of our programmes here.