When was the last time that you picked up a new skill?
That’s right, you probably can't remember.
Work and family commitments aside, the reason why many Singaporeans don’t pick up a new skill is because of…
Sure, it’s understandable, money doesn’t drop from the sky.
However, time and cost factors should not deter you from lifelong learning, at any point in life.
Speaking of which, lifelong learning has never been more relevant.
Working folks who are considering a career switch or career advancement might want to pick up new skills to discover your true calling.
More practically, you will want to make yourself more attractive to potential employers somehow right?
There are also many more options for kids these days than just swimming or playing piano.
In fact, there are skills that you can keep up with your children as a form of bonding too.
Older folks can also plug in to the fast-paced world better through active learning.
With that, here’s an event you should consider attending because you can try out courses for free.
‘Skills For Good’ Festival
Happening on July 6, the Skills for Good Festival will feature up to 50 booths, courses and taster workshops organised by the Central Singapore Community Development Council (CDC) at Toa Payoh HDB Hub atrium.
Registration for taster workshops is required and each person can sign up for up to two workshops. For free.
However, it is better to register first as there are limited slots for walk-in visitors to sign up and it will be on a first come first serve basis.
Fret not though, there are surely enough programmes to cater to people of all ages.
Here are some examples of what you can look forward to:
1. Experience the world of robotics
Those with a keen interest in robotics will find joy at this booth as participants will learn how to program and control a robot.
And there’s a robotics football game. Cool.
2. Write robot programmes
A stage demonstration will be conducted by Brainery Code at 1230pm where children can try out how to modify and test robot programmes. The interactive element also includes a showdown between participants’ robots.
3. Learn how to sign
You can also visit the Deaf Cafe at the festival to learn some basic sign languages on the spot.
4. Analyse data
Data is the buzzword nowadays.
If you have been wanting to learn data analytics, there is a taster workshop on data analytics at Skills for Good Festival.
At the workshop, you will get to learn how to maximise business opportunities and make informed decisions with data software tools.
There is also a talk on data analytics by lecturers from Nanyang Polytechnic at 11.30am on stage.
5. Start an online business
If you are currently thinking of a mid-career switch and keen to run an online business, here’s something for you.
Learn the key considerations and some strategies that one can apply at one of the taster courses.
Plus, there are also make-up and culinary stage demonstrations as well as jewelry making and upcycling workshops.
Perfect for your entrepreneurial spirit.
SkillsFuture Advice (SFA) workshops
If you are entirely clueless about changing careers and learning new skills, there are workshops conducted in English and Mandarin, useful for fresh entrants into the job market, working professionals, mid-career switchers, returning professionals and even seniors who wish to join the workforce again.
Participants will also be given a full-day coding class for free.
SFA participants at the festival will also be offered an one-hour taster workshop, namely Introduction to Data Analytics (in English) and SkillsFuture for the Digital Workplace (in Mandarin), on top of the full-day coding class.
No need to sign any package, don’t worry.
Event: ‘Skills For Good’ Festival 2019
Date: July 6, 2019, Saturday
Venue: Toa Payoh HDB Hub Atrium
The writer of this sponsored article is in a dilemma of which taster workshops to sign up for.