2023 SLT Conversion Programme

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Author: Adeline Chan
Jenny Tan, President of ISACA Chapter Singapore and founder of the SheLeadsTech (SLT) Conversion Programme kicked off this year’s session on 3 March at the Lifelong Learning Institute supported by 8 SLT Ambassadors – Mentors.

There were 12 candidates in 2022 for the inaugural program. For 2023, there are 11 candidates. Compared to last year’s cohort who were mainly homemakers looking to restart their careers, this year’s cohort included men. The cohort comprises mainly mid-career switchers from different industries including Human Resources, Healthcare, Police Force, Civil Engineering, and even Real Estate. The criteria to enter the program this year were similar to last year’s i.e. minimum qualification is a degree with a non-IT role for the past 2 years.
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Similar to the previous year, the program duration this year comprises 3 months of training, 3 months of internship, and a minimum of 6-months of placement. The companies offering internships to the candidates are Deloitte, RSM, Checkpoint, EY, KPMG, Ensign, and AssureIT. In addition, the candidates are assigned mentors who will guide them throughout this programme from March to August.

After a round of introductions, Jenny asked all the candidates what were their current feelings and their expectations for the program. The majority of the candidates said that they were excited about joining the program. Their expectations varied from self-discovery, seeking self-improvement, and learning. Most viewed this opportunity as a way to move forward and evolve.

I asked Jenny if there were key takeaways from last year’s program that helped her improve this year’s program. Jenny said that the program last year focused on helping individuals upskill and adjust to the curriculum. She will take the same approach as it has worked well previously. This year, Jenny made some improvements to the supporting logistics.

The evening ended on a high note as the candidates were looking forward to starting their first session the next day.

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