In the fourth and final session of the ‘Embracing Entrepreneurship’ series, we saw over 30 eager participants attend the “Building Your Social Enterprise” workshop. Mr Alfie Othman, Executive Director (ED) of the Social Enterprise Association (SEA) kick-started the session with an overview of what constitutes as social entrepreneurship, the various business models for social enterprises, the role of SEA in the local social entrepreneurship scene and how to start your very own social enterprise. He also injected a stark sense of reality with his candid sharing of his own experiences in starting a business, the difficult personal choices he had to make as well as the highlights and pitfalls of being a social entrepreneur.
The workshop proceeded in this fashion and I will never forget the impact that the change in resume format managed to achieve. At the end we all said our goodbyes, having bonded unusually well in such a short space of time. I then waited with bated breath for the results of their job search efforts when they arrived I was elated to find that all of them found their new resumes extremely useful and were able to secure numerous interviews. An account that stood out was the case of Han Jingrui, he had narrated to me how before the workshop he had sent countless resumes, each of which were flatly rejected. At this point he felt hopeless and lost as he was unable to land a single interview, despite boasting a skill set and experience that would rival any persons. After changing his format, he sent out his resume to 5 different companies and landed job offers from 4 of them. This was, as far as he was concerned, unheard of. His gratitude was unmistakable and I recall the almost sheer disbelief in his tone as he narrated his success to me.
On 31 Aug 2012, I embarked on my journey as part of AGB Educations Centre’s inaugural venture into CaliberLink. I was part of a team which was spearheading the conduct of the PEAK Workshop, a programme series which was aimed at helping professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs). It was a unique demographic that offered both its share of rewards and challenges. Being a professional trainer in employability for more than 10 years, the PMET group was neither new nor alien to me. However, there was no denying the butterflies in my stomach as I prepared to take the first steps of what would hopefully be a long and fruitful voyage between CaliberLink and AGB Education Centre.
Invited speaker, Ms Laletha Nithiyanandan (also known as Lita), founder of the Behavioural Consulting Group, is indeed a fitting individual to address the participants at the recent “Entrepreneurship with A Heart” talk, the third of the ‘Embracing Entrepreneurship’ series. Held on 26 September 2013, the workshop focuses on the “mind, spirit and body” elements in running a business.