What inspired you to get involved with RMITAS as a founding member?
After graduating from RMIT in the late 80s and working for a few years in the IT industry, I wanted to reconnect with old classmates but at that time, the Internet was at its infancy and there wasn’t much information available on how to connect to alumni. RMITAS also wasn’t established yet as an official society in Singapore.
I happened to see a poster at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) advertising an upcoming RMIT alumni meet-up on a Friday night and went along to see what it was all about, and one thing led to another! I was inspired by the team’s determination to grow the RMITAS membership base, and it really motivated me to want to be part of that journey.
How has your involvement helped you in your overall career journey?
I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge when I was setting up the first RMITAS IT systems and communications. I didn’t really use these skills in my day-to-day work at the time so had to quickly get up to speed, but it paid off – all this knowledge came in handy when I set up my own business.
How did you juggle volunteering on the RMITAS committee with your other work commitments?
I was lucky that we were able to work flexibly around everyone’s day-time work schedules, and our meetings were only once or twice a month.
It helped that I enjoyed my work with RMITAS, so I treated it as an extension of my consulting profession, just doing it for free.