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Taking charge of their upgrading: Three women level up with newly acquired skills


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During the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for her mother was Ms Ravinder Kaur’s top priority. Then an operations manager in the food manufacturing industry, Ms Kaur, who is in her 50s, decided to leave her job and take over caregiving duties when her helper returned to her home country in 2020. “It has been very fulfilling for me to attend to my mum and her needs,” she said. 

Despite being focused on her responsibilities, Ms Kaur was intent on staying relevant. She was on the lookout for upskilling and reskilling opportunities when she came across NTUC LearningHub’s advertisements. She enrolled in the International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile) and Scrum Master courses, and then embarked on a six-month-long Associate Project Manager and Scrum Master programme. 

“I discovered that the Agile framework can be adopted not only in the workplace but also in my personal life. I’ve learnt to break down problems into smaller and more manageable parts, which are essentially the basic building blocks of Agile development,” she explained. 

Ms Kaur believes that her broadened knowledge base has made her a stronger candidate for employment in the future. “The good thing about learning is that it’s never too late,” she said. “Upskilling and reskilling have been a critical part of my journey. I find the process deeply satisfying.” 


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