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Alumni event uses hands-on simulation to harness skills in the workplace

In April, University of London final year students and recent alumni were invited to attend a career-themed event held in Singapore.

Written by Lindsay Alexander |

Alex Chan presenting at AI and Digital workshop

The event provided insight into how the skills and knowledge gained through degree study can be applied to a career-world that is constantly adapting to evolving technologies and also took participants through a business simulation focused on managing strategic change.

At the event Mr Alex Chan, Chief Executive Officer at Babbobox, discussed the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies on the working world. He shared his insights on how digital technologies might have an impact on the careers of students and alumni as they enter the world of work and advance professionally. He also explored the challenges and advantages of integrating unfamiliar technologies in the workplace, providing an understanding of how to stay ahead of a rapidly developing digital market.

Alex is an industry veteran with almost 20 years of experience in the technology sector. His company, a leader in video search engines, launched one of the world’s most advanced AI Video Search Engines which uses a multi-modal approach combining various artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies. The AI-infused Unified Search Engine joins numerous advanced technologies (Speech Recognition, Video OCR, Cognitive Services, Image Analysis, Artificial Intelligence and Enterprise Search) into a single platform.

ACCA workshop, Singapore

In another session, Ms Lynsie Chew and Professor Alan Parkinson (both from UCL School of Management) in collaboration with ACCA, facilitated a hands-on workshop intended to promote development and awareness of the interconnected thinking processes required of today’s managers and business owners.

The workshop took the form of a business simulation where participants formed part of a team that was responsible for managing strategic change at an airport. The simulation promoted the process of identifying, evaluating and assessing target objectives within a business context.

Through the workshop participants were taught how to:

  • think critically and creatively in identifying, evaluating and critically appraising alternative solutions to business problems;
  • synthesise and use information and knowledge effectively;
  • develop skills used in effective collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving; and how to
  • develop personal effectiveness, applying critical self-awareness and personal resource management in the context of diverse business environments.