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As a Student Member of ISCA, you can look forward to joining workshops, networking opportunities, career and professional development talks and learning activities specially organised for you! Check out the list of upcoming events below. Not yet a Student Member? Simply join now to take part in these activities! 

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Upcoming Events

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WSM016: Personal Branding on LinkedIn & Mastering Interview Skills (Live webinar)

In today’s competitive society, branding isn’t optional. This is your reputation of how others perceive you. When you learn how to brand yourself, your value immediately skyrockets and people see you differently.

Communicating your brand effectively helps you build closer relationships, ensure corporate success and achieve professional satisfaction. We focus on teaching participants transferrable skills such as presenting one with finesse both online and offline (on LinkedIn using proven strategies; and mastering interview skills).

By the end of the workshop, you will: 

  • Learn how to build a LinkedIn profile that showcases you as a professional 
  • Learn how to adopt the right strategies when it comes to branding yourself online via LinkedIn
  • Learn to cultivate your network on LinkedIn
  • Learn the importance of doing research on the companies you are applying to
  • Understand the different types of interview formats in the market and how to prepare for each type of interview
  • Boost your chances at the interview by using the STAR method and action words when answering interview questions
  • Learn the importance of exuding positive non-verbal language, especially your body language
  • Engage in a mock interview with your peers, get instant feedback on areas done well and areas for improvement

 

Date/Day: 10 September 2022, Saturday

Time: 10:00am -1:00pm

Venue: Online (via Zoom)

Click here to register for the workshop.

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WSM001i: Resume Writing, Cover Letter Writing & Interview Skills Fundamentals (e-Learning)

As the saying goes, “First Impression Counts”. In an increasingly complex world, knowing how to present ourselves is no longer just important but rather an essential skill to master. During this course, critical transferrable skills such as packaging one’s brand via resume and cover letter writing and presenting oneself with finesse via interview skills would be taught to participants.

Participants would be taught how to craft impactful resumes using the STAR method and action words with best practice formatting for maximum impact and easy readability. Additionally, participants would be guided through the preparation of personalised cover letter using the AIDA method along with management of dressing and non-verbal cues.

Click here to register for the e-Learning course

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WSM025i : Professional Grooming Essentials (e-Learning)

In today’s rapidly evolving society, knowing how to project yourself is an essential skill to master. This workshop focuses on educating participants on colours and style. Participants would be taught how to select the right colours and style so that each wardrobe piece is geared for corporate success. Across the workshop, participants will discover the ease of creating a lasting positive first impression through essential strategies while looking and feeling good at the same time.

Additionally, participants would gain significant insights to image destroyers, body shapes, clothing choices and colour matching to bring out their best professional image.

Click here to register for the e-Learning course

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WSM009Ai : Speak With Impact And Confidence (e-Learning) 

Successes in life and relationships are determined by your ability to communicate effectively with others. “Social intelligence” or the ability to interact, converse, negotiate with, and persuade others, is the most highly paid and respected form of intelligence one can have. This can be further developed over time with the right techniques.

The ability to charm and come across as genuinely likeable and pleasant will open more doors than any other quality. The ability to present with confidence, clarity and conciseness is thus highly valued and has been heralded as the key which paves the way towards further opportunities.

In an increasingly complex world, communicating with confidence and effectiveness is no longer just an important skill but an essential one to master. Through this course, participants would learn how to cater presentation styles according to their audience profiles, communicate effectively through storytelling and deliver impact through positive body language.

This course is also a pre-requisite for WSM009B – Speak With Impact And Confidence [Part 2] - coming soon.

Click here to register for the e-Learning course

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WSM008Ai : Python For Accountancy Students [Basic] (e-Learning) 

This course is designed for participants with no prior coding experience. Python for Accountancy Students – Basic is designed to provide students with a solid foundation about the fundamentals of Python syntax and programming concepts. Topics covered include variables, functions, list, loops, dictionaries and more. These would be useful for future Accountancy tasks such as combining of ledgers, filtering of payment data and the automation of other repeated tasks.

This course is also a pre-requisite for WSM008B – Introduction to Python for Accountancy Students [Advanced].

Click here to register for the e-Learning course

WSM016: Personal Branding on LinkedIn & Mastering Interview Skills (Live webinar)

In today's competitive society, branding isn't optional. This is your reputation of how others perceive you. When you learn how to brand yourself, your value immediately skyrockets and people see you differently.

Communicating your brand effectively helps you build closer relationships, ensure corporate success and achieve professional satisfaction. The focus of this workshop is on teaching participants transferrable skills such as presenting one with finesse both online and offline (on LinkedIn using proven strategies and mastering interview skills).

Date/Day:  10 September 2022, Saturday

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

 

WSM026: Essential Excel for Accounting Students [Live Webinar]

Developing Excel skills is a powerful way to start analysing data like the professionals do. Excel spreadsheet is one of the most essential tools to any modern Accounting and Finance Professional.

This hands-on workshop is designed to provide you with a good grasp of Excel and the ability to collate, organise and analyse data. Mastering this essential skill set allows you to conduct data reporting and simulate data outputs efficiently.

Date/Day: 23 July 2022, Saturday

Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

 

WSM007: Networking & Elevator Pitch 

Networking sessions have mushroomed over the recent years like new sprouts after a rainfall. Everywhere we turn, we see people organising and other people attending. Yet not all have maximised the gains from each networking session. Why is that so? To put it simply, there is more to networking than meets the eye. You don’t just go unprepared.

Networking is a deliberate campaign to connect with people who can connect you to other people and businesses. The focus of this course is on understanding how networking really works, how you can boost your credibility instantly and create an impactful elevator pitch that clearly demonstrates who you are, the qualities you represent and the potentialities you bring to the table.

In this first-of-its-kind practical workshop, come be part of a privileged group who will master the secret formula to successful networking and learn a repeatable framework to develop an impactful pitch each time and every time.

 

Date/Day: 28 May 2022, Saturday

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Venue: ISCA House

 

WSM018: Introduction to R for Excel Users [Live Webinar]

Excel has been the main working tool for many accounting and financial professionals. However occasionally it falls short, and that's where R can kick in: Excel does not handle big data sets well. Excel does not offer robust statistical functionality.

The focus of this course is on understanding and applying simple data manipulations from an Excel application perspective: importing, manipulating, transforming, combining and summarising data for business analysis and reporting.

Date/Day: 5 March 2022, Saturday

Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

WSM015: Emotional Intelligence & Leadership [Live Webinar]

With the uptrend of automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, it becomes ever more critical to develop skills that would be difficult for a robot to emulate. Understand the correlation between emotional intelligence (EI) and leadership, gain awareness of your own EI and consequentially how you can lead others.

Date/Day: 9 January 2021, Saturday

Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM

WSM018: Introduction to R for Excel Users [Live Webinar]

Excel has been the main working tool for many accounting and financial professionals. However occasionally it falls short, and that’s where R can kick in: Excel does not handle big data sets well. Excel does not offer robust statistical functionality. 

R like Python is a programming language designed for processing, analyzing and visualizing data. In recent years, R has become popular in business. 

The focus of this course is on understanding and applying simple data manipulations from an Excel application perspective: importing, manipulating, transforming, combining and summarizing data for business analysis and reporting.

Date/Day: 27 February 2021, Saturday

Time: 9:00AM– 5:00PM

WSM019: Critical Thinking [Live Webinar] 

In today’s knowledge-based society, critical thinking is essential for sound decision making – maximising benefits and minimising risks in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

This workshop will introduce you to the components and applications of critical thinking, while equipping you with the necessary skills to distil information into insight.

Date/Day: 23 June 2021, Wednesday

Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

WSM020v: Mastering Excel Objects with VBA for Effective Spreadsheet Automation [Live Webinar] 

 

In today’s digital age, automation is key for simplifying and streamlining of processes. 

This course aims to equip participants with a working knowledge of Excel’s VBA capabilities and its application. Using VBA as an automation tool, participants would be introduced to spreadsheet data processing and macro writing concepts to undertake the automation of repetitive tasks with confidence.

 

Date/Day: 26 June 2021, Saturday

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

 

WSM022: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning [Hybrid Delivery Format] 

 

In today’s information age, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning are becoming increasingly significant.

With the amount of data produced daily far outpacing human’s ability to understand and interpret data, society is gradually turning to AI to assist with complex decision-making.

This course provides an introduction to AI concepts and Machine Learning applications such as computer vision and neural networks. Participants will also learn to deploy Azure Machine Learning models to assess real life cases.

 

Date/Day: 21 July 2021, Wednesday

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

WSM008B: Python for Accountancy Students (Advanced) [Hybrid Delivery Format] 

 

WSM008B requires participants to have prior fundamental Python knowledge. Attendees must have completed WSM008Ai Python for Accountancy Students (Basic) before attending this course. The basic class would be available to all student members as an e-learning resource. 

This course focuses on using Python as a tool for data analytics and manipulation. Over the course, students will learn how to import spreadsheets into Python, create data visualisations and automatically interact with data from the web. These skills would enable attendees to conduct first-hand analysis of any given data set in future and develop personalised solutions to increase the effectiveness of their accountancy work.

 

Date/Day: 28 August 2021, Saturday

Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

 

WSM017: Data Management & Analysis in Excel using SQL [Live Webinar] 

With increasing pressures toward greater efficiencies in data extraction and analysis and the need for more effective computer-based reporting of results, organizational practitioners need to understand the comparative functionality of various tools. A significant part of Excel work is conducted through queries on relational databases. A foundational knowledge on SQL would provide the ability to retrieve information from any relational database and helps to understand the graphical query interfaces found in many relational databases such as MS-SQL, MySQL, Oracle Database, IBM Db2, MS-Access, etc. Understanding SQL will ultimately help the practitioner to be able to craft complex queries to retrieve, analyze and report the results for decision-making. 

Date/Day: 25 September 2021, Saturday

Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

WSM023v: How to Boost your Personal Branding on Google [Live Webinar] 

In today’s digital age, having a personal branding online is becoming increasing significant. Google is widely used on all laptop or mobile devices. It is no longer a luxury but an imperative aspect that your personal branding can be found online, especially if you want to be considered favourably by headhunters, HR professionals and talent scouts.

Through this workshop, you will learn how to rank your name on Google, how to effectively manage your own web presence by using various Google tools and how to create an effective online portfolio.

Date/Day: 11 December 2021, Saturday

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

WSM024v : Mastering Interview Skills Consultation – Mock Interviews [Live Webinar]

As the saying goes, “First Impression Counts”. In an increasingly complex world, knowing how to present ourselves is no longer just important but rather an essential skill to master. During this course, critical transferrable skills such as presenting oneself with finesse via interview skills would be taught to participants.
Participants would be taught how to answer behavioural based questions using the STAR technique and respond via positive body language and action verbs. Additionally, participants will also be engaging in a mock interview and getting instant feedback on the areas done well and areas for improvement.
WSM024v requires participants to have completed WSM001i : Resume Writing, Cover Letter Writing & Interview Skills Fundamentals (e-Learning) before attending this workshop. The basic class would be available to all student members as an e-learning resource.


Date/Day: 21 December 2021, Tuesday

Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM

The Art of Communication

Communication skills are highly valued by employers in today’s business environments. Yet, strong communicators are not only just strong presenters. Learn how to effectively listen and understand your audience, interact, negotiate as well as persuade others. Build rapport and cultivate strong relationships with people around you.

Date/Day: 31 January 2020, Friday

Time: 7:00PM – 9:30PM

Venue: ISCA House 

Resume & Cover Letter Writing and Mastering Interview Skills 

First impressions count. Score that internship position which you have eyeing. Learn how to craft an impactful resume and present yourself with finesse during your interview.

Date/Day: 29 February 2020, Thursday

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Venue: ISCA House 

Creative Thinking [Live Webinar]

Creative thinking is a way of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective to conceive something new or original. Particularly in these uncertain COVID-19 times, or in any period of instability, companies rely on innovative and creative thinkers to deliver solutions.

Understand the value of creative thinking, learn creative thinking techniques and begin to develop a life-long creative thinking mindset through this webinar!  

Date/Day: 4 July 2020, Saturday 

Time: 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Data Management & Analysis in Excel using SQL [Live Webinar]

With increasing pressures toward greater efficiencies in data extraction and analysis and the need for more effective computer-based reporting of results, there is a need to understand the comparative functionality of various tools. A significant part of Excel work is conducted through queries on relational databases.

A foundational knowledge on SQL would provide the ability to retrieve information from any relational database and helps to understand the graphical query interfaces found in many relational databases. Understanding SQL will ultimately help you to be able to craft complex queries to retrieve, analyse and report the results for decision-making.

A hands-on workshop suitable for both undergraduates looking to pick up SQL or refresh their memory on this database management language.

Date/Day: 18 July 2020, Saturday 

Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Networking and Elevator Pitch [Live Webinar]

Networking sessions – while appreciated by some, are feared by most. But one cannot always run away from social and business settings that require interaction and engagement. So, acquire techniques to overcome and present yourself well in these situations!

By the end of the session, you will learn how to feel more composed in networking settings, prepare and practise even before scheduled meetings as well as to build rapport with others within a short time. To present yourself confidently, understand the purpose of your elevator pitch and craft an impactful one.

Date/Day: 29 August 2020, Saturday 

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

ISCA Member Sharing: Life in Financial Planning & Analysis [Live Webinar]

Financial Planning & Analysis is a crucial role in companies, providing direction and driving the decision making process through budgeting, forecasting and analysis.

Join us to discover what a "typical day" is like in FP&A and how the function differs in companies of various industries and organisational sizes.

Date/Day: 17 September 2020, Thursday 

Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Introduction to Python for Accountancy Students [Live Webinar]

In this course, get ready for an introduction to Python all through to learning how to automatically access and handle large datasets from web-based APIs. We discuss the usefulness of being able to automate these tasks with Python, especially in today’s data-driven world. Participants will practice with real datasets and have a chance to interact with live APIs.

Prior Python knowledge is not required. Prior experience with programming concepts (via Scratch, MakeCode, or another programming language) is useful, but not required.

A hands-on and highly participative learning course. Participants will be given opportunities to perform simple coding using Python as new concepts are introduced.

Date/Day: 19 September 2020, Saturday 

Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM 

Career Insights Talk: Accountancy Career Opportunities in the New Normal [Live Webinar]

A strong foundation in accountancy can take you further than you think.

At this Career Insights Talk, we have invited 3 young accountancy professionals with diverse skill sets and experiences in various roles and businesses. Discover how your accounting education offers an edge in today’s economic climate.

The talk will also shed light on the new strategies adopted by businesses during the pandemic, and what all this means for accountancy and finance professionals in the future.

Get ready to discover a wide range of career opportunities from our ISCA members, including:

  • Ms Christine Soon, Senior Manager, Forensic Services (PwC Singapore)
  • Ms Goh Xin Ying, Founder (The Angle Co) & Managing Partner (LSG Capital)
  • Mr Willy Tai, Business Analyst and Project Manager, Ops and Tech, Special Duties (Hong Leong Finance)

Date/Day: 26 September 2020, Saturday 

Time: 11:00AM – 12:30PM

ISCA Member Sharing: Data Visualisation [Live Webinar]

Data visualisation is the transformation of data to graphical form, for better understanding and decision-making. By using visual elements like charts, graphs, and maps, data visualisation tools communicate relationships among the represented data to viewers of the images. Data visualisation makes it easier to understand and detect patterns, trends, and outliers in groups of data.

Therefore, learning how to use data visualization tools and technologies become increasingly essential to analyse massive amounts of information and make data-driven decisions.

Date/Day: 1 October September 2020, Thursday 

Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM

ISCA Member Sharing: Working Overseas – Am I ready for it and what are the considerations? [Live Webinar]

Have you gone on an exchange programme, a summer internship or a community service project overseas? How similar are these to leaving home and moving abroad for work?

How can you position yourself for an overseas job offer? Hear from Angelique about her considerations and her journey from Singapore to Paris to pursue her next career milestone.

Date/Day: 9 October 2020, Friday 

Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM

WSM016: Personal Branding on LinkedIn & Mastering Interview Skills [Live Webinar]

Increasingly so, in addition to reviewing resumes, employers comb through LinkedIn profiles of prospective candidates to carry out the first level of evaluation on who better meet the needs, demands and culture of organisations.

Bearing this in mind, how do you ensure that your profile on the digital platforms project you as the suited professional for the position you want? Consequentially, what happens when you score yourself an interview? Also, learn how to tackle and ace virtual interviews which are more prevalent of late and gaining in popularity.

Date/Day: 22 December 2020, Tuesday 

Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM

WSM017: Data Management & Analysis Using SQL [Live Webinar]

Back by popular demand!

With increasing pressures toward greater efficiencies in data extraction and analysis and the need for more effective computer-based reporting of results, there is a need to understand the comparative functionality of various tools. A significant part of Excel work is conducted through queries on relational databases.

A foundational knowledge on SQL would provide the ability to retrieve information from any relational database and helps to understand the graphical query interfaces found in many relational databases. Understanding SQL will ultimately help you to be able to craft complex queries to retrieve, analyse and report the results for decision-making.

A hands-on workshop suitable for both undergraduates looking to pick up SQL or refresh their memory on this database management language.

Date/Day: 29 December 2020, Tuesday 

Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Decathlon Company Tour

ISCA Youth Associates visited the largest Decathlon store in town! Students were given the opportunity to network with the Finance team, including CFO, Mr Tang Poh Lu, and learnt about the retailer’s omni-commerce concept, eCom 2 hours delivery and store operations, among other highlights.

Date/Day:  24 May 2019, Friday

Time: 3:30PM – 5:00PM

Venue: Decathlon@SGLAB

“Brand Yourself Like A Pro” (Part 1): Resume & Cover Letter Writing and Mastering Interview Skills

The first of a 2-part series workshop, participants learnt how a well-crafted resume and cover letter can help land them their dream job, or strike a lasting first impression at your next interview.

Date/Day: 21 September 2019, Saturday

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Venue: ISCA House 

Zouk Group Company Tour

Fancy a peek behind the curtains of Singapore’s hottest nightlife spots? Youth Associates enjoyed an exclusive tour to Zouk Group to learn the club’s behind-the-scenes and network with the organization’s key representatives including Finance Director and ISCA member Alex Phua who will share his career experience in staying ahead of the ever-evolving accountancy landscape.

Date/Day: 27 September 2019, Friday

Time: 4:00PM – 7:00PM

Venue: The Canary 

“Brand Yourself Like A Pro” (Part 2): Effectively Communicating Your Unique Value Proposition & Networking Skills

Learn how to package your personal brand and build closer working relationships with others in this second series of the workshop. Heading the workshop is prolific speaker and brand strategist Lionel Lim, who brings over more than 10 years of speaking experience with over 270 organizations and institutions.

Date/Day: 12 October 2019, Saturday

Time: 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Venue: ISCA House

BreadTalk Group Company Tour

Since the first BreadTalk outlet opened in 2000, floss buns have become synonymous with the BreadTalk brand. Youth Associates had the opportunity to tour the various brands operated by the BreadTalk Group to learn more about the Food & Beverage corporation and how it has grown over the years. Additionally, they got to meet and interacted with Group CFO and Group CIO, Mr Chan Ying Jian to hear about the finance and accountancy function within the firm.

Date/Day: 23 October 2019, Friday

Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Venue: BreadTalk IHQ