Hosting its second Cross Stream Careers Day, GSIS invited a number of alumni and friends of GSIS from a variety of job fields to share their education and work experience with current students. it was a day where the accomplished coached the young, giving insightful tips and perspectives on choosing future career paths and thriving in the professional world.
“I found it incredibly helpful when the speakers started explaining the basic key concepts of Finance and also included a broad definition of what Finance actually is,” reflected Jonas (K10) on the Finance sessions. “A great aspect of their presentation was that they included the audience by asking us questions. For example the speakers asked us if we would either chose to get $1 million today or get $0.01 dollar, but we would be able to double this earning every day for one month. We were always able to interact with them, which is why it never got boring. Generally speaking, I simply admire and appreciate their way of explaining to us their view on finance!”
We are grateful and proud to welcome our alumni back as successful professionals working in architecture, hospitality, finance, law, engineering, journalism, and arts and photography to connect and share their experience with GSIS students following in their footsteps. Our alumni speakers represented corporations such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Norton Rose Fulbright, Barclays, and Hilti to name a few. It was also an honour to have the Deputy Consul of Germany, a special agent from the United States State Department, a professor of medicine from the University of Hong Kong and experienced veterinarian contribute their expert knowledge at Careers Day.
“The GSIS Careers Day 2016 was really well organised and hopefully it will help the students with their upcoming decisions. I certainly enjoyed it very much and had fun meeting other speakers,” remarked Mr Edward Ng (Class of 1995), speaker for the architecture profession. “There was a strange sense of déjà vu when we were on that stage looking back towards the auditorium seats. Thank you for inviting me to be a speaker.”
Apart from our speakers, we are also grateful for the time and energy of our parent volunteers who helped to run the event smoothly. Volunteering at Careers Day was an exciting opportunity to bring GSIS parents and the alumni community closer together.
“Kate was an engaging speaker who was genuinely caring for students' interests in journalism. She shared exciting anecdotes, asked questions to students of their specific interests,” said parent volunteer Ms Sato. “She also invited students to talk in person afterwards and gave contacts and suggestions. Her presentation was extremely informative and relevant.”
We would also like to thank the Parents Committee for sponsoring the sandwich lunches for our students and speakers.
It was exciting to see GSIS turn into a hub of learning exchange with each session bursting with practical advice, inspirational stories, and enthusiastic curiosity to learn more. At the end of the day, our students gained a wealth of knowledge for their personal development and aspirations.
“It was extremely inspiring to hear about the fields I aim to pursue in the future, and I want to thank the school for making this Career Day possible on behalf of myself and my classmates too,” said Arista (Y10).
Coming up next will be our University Round Table Alumni Event set to happen in June 2016. Stay tuned for more information and we hope to see you there!