Professional Development

To live is to learn. Remaining relevant in a knowledge economy entails keeping abreast of developments in your field.

In Singapore, the opportunities for self-renewal and education are plentiful – as part of a national culture that values learning.

Career Development

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) has launched the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) as part of its efforts to provide comprehensive, sector-specific training. In particular, the Professional Skills Programme is targeted at professionals, managers, executives and technicians who wish to upgrade their skills in a wide spectrum of industries or in generic skills such as Leadership and People Management.

Often, companies provide career training but for many individuals, personal interests and objectives form the motivation for embarking on self-registered training stints. The private sector offers an abundance of professional development programmes, from executive training to life coaching.

Further Education

Upgrading your qualifications not only enhances proficiency and knowledge, it is still an invaluable tool in climbing the proverbial corporate ladder. Some world-class private universities have set up campuses in Singapore, including the INSEAD, ESSEC Business SchoolDigipen Institute of Technology, SP Jain Center of Management and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. These make excellent avenues through which to garner your Masters degree or other qualifications.

SIM University is the only local tertiary education that caters exclusively to working adults and professionals. It offers a comprehensive buffet of programmes, from Masters and PhD programmes to short courses. Its sister institution, Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), offers degree and professional programmes in conjunction with premier overseas universities, such as RMIT, University at Buffalo, University of London and University of Sydney.

Although the four local autonomous universities - National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) - cater primarily to undergraduate education, you will find some high-quality post-graduate programmes here, which live up to the sterling reputation of these institutions. Research and scholarship opportunities are also available to post-graduate students.

Networking Platforms

Learning often extends beyond the classroom, especially from networking with industry experts. The most targeted networking platforms tend to be those offered by professional associations, as they offer opportunities to meet leaders and peers in specific professions or industries.

These associations cater to a wide variety of interests and needs:

By Nationality

Singapore International Foundation (SIF) www.sif.org.sg
American Association, Singapore www.aasingapore.com
American Women’s Association of Singapore www.awasingapore.org
Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) www.anza.org.sg
Belgian & Luxembourg Association of Singapore www.blas.org.sg
British Association of Singapore www.britishassociation.org.sg
Circulo Latino (Latin Circle) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/latincircle/
French Association of Singapore www.afsingapour.com
German Club-Deutsches Haus www.germanclub.org.sg
Indian Women’s Association www.iwasingapore.org
Japanese Association www.jas.org.sg
Korean Association of Singapore www.koreansingapore.org
Kowloon Club www.kowloonclub.org.sg
Netherlands Charity Organisation -
Singapore
www.nca.org.sg
Scandinavian Women’s Association www.swasingapore.com.sg
Singapore American Community Action Council www.sacac.com
Swedish Women Education Association (SWEA) www.swea.org
Singapore St Andrew’s Society (Scotland) www.standrewssociety.org.sg
Spanish Speaking Women’s Association www.sswasingapur.com
St David’s Society of Singapore (Welsh) www.stdavidsociety.org
St Patrick’s Society of Singapore (Irish) www.stpatssingapore.com

Key Chambers of Commerce and Other Business Networks

American Chamber of Commerce www.amcham.org.sg
Australian Chamber of Commerce www.austcham.org.sg
Belgium and Luxembourg Business Group www.blas.org.sg
British Chamber of Commerce www.britcham.org.sg
Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CanCham) www.cancham.org.sg
Danish Business Association (DABS) www.dabs-singapore.com
European Chamber of Commerce Singapore www.eurocham.org.sg
French Chamber of Commerce Singapore www.fccsingapore.com
Association of Dutch Businessmen in Singapore www.adb.org.sg
Dutch Chamber of Commerce www.dutchcham.sg
Irish Business Association (IBA) www.irishbusinessassociation.com
Italian Chamber of Commerce Singapore (ICSS) www.italchamber.org.sg
Swedish Business Association Singapore (SBAS) www.sbas.org.sg
Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Singapore www.jcci.org.sg
Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce www.sicci.com
Primetime Business and Professional Women Association www.primetime.org.sg
Singapore Business & Professional Women's Association www.sbpwa.org.sg
Swiss Business Hub ASEAN www.eda.admin.ch

Career Resources

Career Resource Centre For Expatriates (CRCE)   www.aasingapore.com 

Professional Associations

Accounting and Audit

Association of International Accountants, Singapore Branch http://aiaworldwide.com/singapore.html 
ACCA Singapore ACCA Young Professionals Network http://singapore.accaglobal.com/
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) www1.cimaglobal.com
CPA Australia, Singapore Chapter www.cpaaustralia.com.au
CPA Singapore www.saacademy.org.sg

Aerospace

Association of Aerospace Industries Singapore (AAIS) www.aais.org.sg
Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE) www.siae.org.sg

Architecture

Board of Architects (BOA) www.boa.gov.sg
Singapore Institute of Architects www.sia.org.sg
Singapore Institute of Planners www.sip.org.sg

Banking, Financial and Insurance Services

ASEAN Bankers Association www.aseanbankers.org
Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) www.cisi.org
Financial Planning Association of Singapore (FPAS) www.fpas.org.sg
Institute of Banking and Finance www.ibf.org.sg
Insurance and Financial Practitioners Association of Singapore (IFPAS) www.ifpas.org.sg
Risk and Insurance Management Association of Singapore www.rimas.org.sg
Society of Financial Service Professionals ( Singapore) www.sfsp.org.sg

Engineering

Singapore Precision Engineering and Tooling Association (SPETA ) www.speta.org
Biomedical Engineering Society www.bes.org.sg

Healthcare/Medical Services

Singapore Medical Council (SMC) www.smc.gov.sg
Singapore Medical Association www.sma.org.sg
Singapore Nurses Association www.sna.org.sg
Singapore Institute of Occupational Therapist (SIOT) www.saot.org.sg
Singapore Psychological Society www.singaporepsychologicalsociety.org
Singapore Society of Oncology Society (SSO) www.singaporeoncology.org.sg
Singapore Society of Radiographers www.ssr.org.sg
The Chiropractic Association ( Singapore) www.chiropractic.org.sg

ICT/IT

Information Technology Management Association (Singapore) www.itma.org.sg
Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) www.isaca.org.sg
Institute of System Science (ISS) www.iss.nus.edu.sg
Singapore Animators Connection www.sac.4mg.com
Singapore Computer Society www.scs.org.sg
Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation www.sitf.org.sg
Society for Technical Communication, Singapore Chapter www.stc.org

Legal

Law Society www.lawsociety.org.sg
Singapore Academy of Law www.sal.org.sg

In addition, the Singapore Professional Centre also maintains a list of professional associations in Singapore.

Alumni Associations

Universities, too, provide first-rate networking opportunities, usually via alumni events – staying involved with your alma mater or the university that you’re furthering your education with may be the best avenue for networking.

DUAL Alumni of Singapore www.dual.org.sg
Alumni of Taiwan Universities and Colleges (ATUC) www.ntuaa.ntu.edu.tw/
Australian Alumni Singapore (AAS) www.aas.org.sg
British Alumni ( Singapore) www.facebook.com/British.Alumni.Singapore
Canadian Alumni Singapore (CAS) www.canadians.org.sg/links.htm
The French Alumni Singapore (FA) www.afsingapour.com
HongKong University Alumni Association (HKUAA) www.hkuaasing.homestead.com/home.html
Irish Graduates Association of Singapore (IGAS) www.igas.org.sg/
Japanese University Graduates Association of Singapore (JUGAS) www.jugas.org.sg
Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore http://oxbridge.org.sg/main/
Monash University Alumni Association of Singapore www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=24392775144
Columbia University Club ( Singapore) www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/COU/cpages/home.jsp?chapter=22
MBA Alumni NUS www.nusmbaalumni.org
INSEAD Club of Singapore http://iaa.insead.edu/iaa/pages/default.aspx
Cornell University www.cornell.edu
MIT Club of Singapore http://alumweb.mit.edu/clubs/singapore
Princeton Alumni Association of Singapore http://www.princetonsingapore.com
Stanford Club of Singapore www.stanfordalumni.org.sg
The University of Chicago Alumni Club www.uchicago.edu/alumni/
University of Michigan Alumni of Singapore www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11537165596
Yale Club of Singapore http://alumninet.yale.edu/clubs/fbfq/
Murdoch University Alumni www.ace.murdoch.edu.au/chapterswindow.html
Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore http://huaas.clubs.harvard.edu/
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Alumni Association www.uiaa.org

Web Resources