Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Underemployed?

Wed, 8 Feb, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (GMT+8)
The HEAD Foundation 20 Upper Circular Road The Riverwalk #02-21 Singapore 058416

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We are experiencing a changing “normal” in Singapore, marked by slower economic growth, changing demographic patterns due to ageing and low birth rates, foreigner inflow and immigration and global volatility. These and the emergence of disruptive technologies are forcing us to change the way we work and organise our lives.
In this address, Dr Lim will talk about new and emerging job roles and highlight the key strategies that the government and industries are adopting, to ensure that our economy and individuals can continue to thrive in an unpredictable environment. What recruitment patterns and employment trends are we seeing in Singapore? Given the fact that full-time jobs and hierarchical careers in corporations and within a single domain may no longer be a norm nor a guarantee, how can the education system adapt to ensure students are future-proofed? How do education institutions remain relevant in a disrupted world? In the face of the increasing trend of robots, machines and artificial intelligence replacing workers and the hollowing out of many middle-skilled jobs, can anyone effectively plan for future manpower needs?


Dr Lim Lai Cheng
Executive Director, SMU Academy; Academic Director, Office of the Provost &
Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University

Dr Lim Lai Cheng is Executive Director of SMU Academy which oversees SMU’s skillsfuture agenda and conducts professional and continuing education training in specialised areas for working adults. She is concurrently Academic Director of the Office of the Provost and Fellow of the School of Social Sciences at Singapore Management University. She was a one of a team of experts invited to Stockholm by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in 2016 to put together recommendations to kick-start a long-term commitment among policy makers and entrepreneurs to strengthen existing and emerging efforts in boosting youth employment in Asia and Europe.  Closer to home, she recently put together a report containing SMU faculty’s contribution to the Committee on the Future Economy which has a special chapter focused on future jobs and skills.

Dr Lim holds a BA (Hons) and MA from Cambridge University, a Masters in Education from the Nanyang Technological University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of London. She is advisor to a few foundations, in South Africa, Slovakia, Moscow and Stockholm where she plays a key role in designing curriculum to prepare young people for the complexities of the future world of work.   She was conferred the Chevalier Dans L’ Ordre Des Palmes Academiques by the French government in 2012 for her contribution towards initiatives in the area of education and technological competency building, and collaboration between France and Singapore.

This event is presented by The HEAD Foundation, a Singapore-based think tank devoted to research and policy influence in education and leadership, for development in Asia. Admission is free.

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