British Council

Monday 30 November 2020 -
16:30 to 18:00

Job hunting during Covid-19: tips and tricks for Singaporean students and alumni of UK universities
Monday 30 November 2020
1630 – 1800 Singapore Time

Are you a Singaporean student currently studying with a UK higher education institution, or are you a recent graduate?
Are you currently looking for work or thinking about starting your career in the near future?

The Covid-19 pandemic has halted travel, interrupted studies and caused a mass migration online, throwing into question the viability of studying face-to-face. Graduates, however, are still looking for jobs. Amid a pandemic-induced recession and anxieties over the availability of work visas, graduates are wondering how they can find opportunities and make their applications stand out.

This webinar organised by the British Council will bring together the voices of HR professionals and Singaporean UK alumni to share insights on the skills employers are looking for in new recruits, tips for applying for jobs during the pandemic, and ways to make yourself stand out from the crowd. A Q&A session will allow you to ask questions directly to the panel.


Time {Singapore Time}



1630 – 1640

Overview of current employment situation for graduates
Support from the British Council

Helen Yang
Regional Mrketing Manager, Study UK
British Council

1640 – 1710

What skills are employers looking for at the moment?
What is Singapore’s current labour market situation

Kirsty Poltock
Director, Page Personnel

May Wong
Regional Head of Talent Acquisition, Barlays

1710 – 1725

UK university careers services support for students from Singapore & East Asia

Helen Atkinson
Careers Consultant, Newcastle University

1725 – 1735

The experience of a Singaporean UK alumnus

Dillon Chew
UK-SG alumnus (Biotechnology - University of Cambriidge)
Bioinformatics Scientist, Procter & Gamble

1735 – 1755


 All speakers

1755 – 1800


Helen Yang
British Council

Speakers Profile

Helen Yang
Senior Marketing Manager, Study UK {East Asia}, British Council, UK
Helen oversees the Study UK campaign across East Asia on behalf of the British Council. Prior to the British Council, Helen worked for the UK Department for International Trade and Department for Education in London. She has two years teaching experience in China and worked for a time for a Chinese media outlet. Helen graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2012 with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages. More recently, she took the Chinese Language and Culture for Business Executive Programme at the London School of Economics.

May Wong
Regional Head, Talent Acquisition, Barclays, Singapore
May is the Regional Head of Talent Acquisition for Barclays, based in Singapore.  She has been with Barclays since 2014 and prior to taking on this role, was the Regional HR Business Partner for Functions. 
Before joining Barclays, May worked with other financial institutions, both local and foreign, in a variety of HR roles.

Kirsty Poltock
Director, Page Personnel, Singapore

Kirsty Poltock is Director for Page Personnel Singapore. Kirsty graduated from the University of Warwick with a MSc in Biomedical Engineering. Across her 15-year career with the Page Group, she has managed teams supporting candidates and clients both in the UK and Singapore and is passionate about creating opportunities for individuals and businesses.

Helen Atkinson
Careers Consultant, Newcastle University, UK
Helen works as a Careers Consultant at Newcastle University’s Careers Service in the UK where she specialises in developing initiatives to support international student employability, working closely with the University’s international recruitment and alumni teams.  
She is also a member of the AGCAS Internationalisation Task Group, which serves to develop and promote good practice in supporting international student career development across higher education institutions in the UK. In this role, Helen contributes to leading research on international student employability, organises training events and produces materials for colleagues across the sector to use when working with international students. |
Prior to joining the Careers Service, Helen worked in international relations at Newcastle University Business School. She has also worked in financial services at Procter & Gamble. 
Linkedin : www.linkedin.com/in/helenatkinsonprofile
Twitter: @helen_a23 

Dillon Chew
Bioinformatics Scientist, Procter & Gamble
Dillon is a fresh graduate who recently started his career as a bioinformatics scientist at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he is currently contributing to research efforts in the microbiome space to better improve consumer products. Dillon previously earned his undergraduate degrees at the National University of Singapore (NUS), majoring in Chemical Engineering and the Life Sciences.

Supported by the British Council as the IELTS East Asia Regional Grand Prize winner in 2019, Dillon went on to pursue his graduate studies at the University of Cambridge and graduated with an M.Phil. in Biotechnology. Dillon is currently based in Singapore, and enjoys cycling, playing badminton and learning new skills and languages during his free time. 
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/dillonchewwx/