Financial services

Former financial services consultant changes mid-career for purpose and passion

She now oversees the six-member Accident and Emergency (A&E) Intake Service at Gleneagles Hospital.

The operational and administrative module of the course proved to be a boon. “It provided the basic foundation for running a clinic.”

The structured experiential training boosted her confidence, leadership and teamwork skills, she says. On a daily basis, his personal efficiency and his learning of soft-skills go up a gear.

“A typical day would have me start the morning checking and clearing emails before heading to the A&E clinic to help my team with patient registrations and discharges.

“I am a hands-on person. I like to feel the terrain and be there to take care of any issues, such as unhappy patients or operational issues.

The positive: “Interacting with patients, talking to them, putting them at ease and seeing them leave the clinic happy.”

No regrets

It has been just over a year since Ms Suriaatmadja entered the health sector as part of a mid-career change. Apprehensions?

“Definitely not. I am happy in healthcare, there is so much more room to grow. This is just the beginning of the journey for me.

The pandemic may have been the impetus for her pursuit of a career in the healthcare industry, but the training program was critical.

“I was happy to know that the fees for the six-month program were heavily subsidized.”

Overall, Ms. Suriaatmadja felt the course was “a comprehensive program that equipped me technically and operationally for my foray into the health sector.”

To those considering a career change in a new industry, she has this advice: “For me, the industry I was going into was something I wanted to pursue. Any new job is always intimidating. But it gets easier once you’ve settled in.

“Most importantly, it (must) be something you want to do. What matters is job satisfaction.”

Futureskills for job seekers, mid-careers

Since last month, the SGUS and SGUP-CT schemes have been replaced by the SkillsFuture Career Transition Program (SCTP).

The training and placement program helps mid-career individuals gain industry-relevant skills through a variety of subsidized modular courses to improve employability and pivot into new sectors or professional roles.

Courses are available in a part-time or full-time format, ranging from three to 12 months.

Job seekers who have been unemployed for more than six months, who need financial assistance or who have a disability can receive grants of up to 95 percent of tuition, subject to criteria of eligibility.

The SCTP will be delivered by selected continuing education and training centers, and trainees will benefit from pre- and post-training support, such as counseling and career guidance.

The SCTP is gradually deploying new training courses and aims to offer around 200 training courses by 2025.