HR's next generation looks ahead

The second annual Inter-Tertiary HR Symposium was held in Singapore on March 4

More than 300 HR students and professionals turned out for the annual Inter-Tertiary HR Symposium in Singapore on March 4. With the theme of “Inspiring the Future Generations of HR Practitioners”, the free-admission event sought to expose HR aspirants at thje tertiary level to real world HR issues that might not be taught in school.

In addition, the symposium provided an important platform for networking between current HR practitioners and the next generation of the profession.

Kok Ping Soon, Deputy Secretary (Development), Ministry of Manpower (pictured), delivered a keynote address, emphasising the need for organisations to take a long-term view of investing in employee development.

He also shared some details about the National HR Professional Certification Framework that he hopes will strengthen the HR profession in Singapore, allowing HR professionals to enable human capital development efforts that benefit organisations and businesses, and the national economy.

The event also featured a lively panel discussion, featuring some of Singapore’s most senior HR leaders. Jason Ho, Head of Group HR with OCBC, Aileen Tan, Group Chief HR Officer of Singtel, Adrian Ole, a director of Deloitte, and Nandini Jayaram, HR Business Partner Lead of Google, talked about key disruptions affecting the HR profession currently.

These included the rapid emergence of the “Gig-Economy” and how HR should best respond to it.

The Inter-Tertiary HR Symposium is a student-led programme, organised by the Singapore Management University’s Organisational Behaviour and HR Society. This year’s event was sponsored by The British Council, Young NTUC, and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower.

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