“It was one evening when my two sons were helping me with the laundry that it made me realise how independent they have become. It was then that I started giving serious thought to returning to work. I was nervous and unsure, after all it was more than 10 years since I resigned from my IT job in the financial industry. To prepare myself better, I did some part-time work for a few hours each day. It helped me get the confidence and momentum of working again. It also helped me understand the child-care arrangements I have to make at home before going back to work.
When I learnt about the Adapt and Grow Career Fair for the IT industry organised by Workforce Singapore (WSG) in the papers, I went to the fair to see if there were any job openings for me. I was particularly keen to work for a technology firm as it is a familiar field.
At the IT Career Fair, I found a job with First Data. After sharing my concerns about going back to work after such a long hiatus with the HR personnel, they put me under Work Trial*, to help me integrate into their company.
During the first two days of Work Trial*, I was shown how to generate reports using advanced Microsoft Excel skills. The tools I used years ago now have added or new functions that I was not familiar with. I was always asking my colleagues questions and had to constantly remind myself to be positive and not give up. My Head of Department and HR Manager was also very encouraging by checking in on me regularly to ensure I could cope.
Today, I am a Project Analyst in the Project Management Office at First Data. I am energised to see First Data’s contactless payment products like Apple Pay in the market today especially with our recent focus to become a cashless society. I feel really excited to be part of the growing IT industry and I am grateful for the chance to rejoin the workforce!”
*Work Trial has now been enhanced to Career Trial. Under Career Trial, participants will receive work experience with a host company, training allowance of up to $7,200, and retention incentive of up to $1,500. It is cost-free for companies onboard Career Trial to assess a job seeker’s fit before offering employment.