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BIS Career Day 2022

Bali Island School (BIS) held its annual Career Day on 27th January.

Guest speaker Rich Robinson spearheaded the day as keynote speaker with his visionary address, complemented by several industry career panels with Q&A sessions for BIS secondary students.

“After pressing a pause button last year due to the pandemic, this year’s Career Day was a huge success. We had 20 professionals on campus and three professionals joining us online to inspire our secondary students and share about their fascinating journey in a wide variety of disciplines,” said BIS K-12 Counsellor Noortje Janssen.

Rich Robinson, one of the parents at BIS, was the BIS Career Day keynote speaker. With his impressive background in the Information Technology industry, Robinson spoke to the students about what technology breakthrough means for new jobs and careers. He also showcased the different routes our students take in preparing and choosing their future careers.

Not limited to information technology, the two 45-minute-long panel sessions also discussed careers that covered; Hospitality or Tourism Industry, Sustainability or Environmental, Information Technology, Arts and Design, Communications or Journalism, Economics or Business, Medical, as well as Law or Diplomacy.
The BIS Campus was filled with the energy of enthusiastic high calibre speakers like Melati Wijsen, founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags and YOUTHTOPIA; Rina Mariani, the General Manager of Andaz Bali; and Adam Sundqvist, Senior Creative Producer at Spotify to name a few.

“The students asked questions of the panellists to learn more about their studies and experiences. Students, teachers and professionals had a great time sharing with each other and making connections for learning,” added Janssen.

Throughout the panel sessions and speaker sessions, there was one constant message that is relevant in all the different disciplines: “While grades and career should always be the aim of students, equally important is personal character development and the ability to adapt. In a modern-day career, you must strive to reinvent yourself to stay ahead of the game. You are always growing, so constant change is part of personal development, especially when facing unprecedented times like today.”

Bali Island School (formerly Bali International School) is an international school based in Sanur, close to Denpasar, Bali. Its 200 students are Pre-K-12. It is the oldest international school based in Bali. BIS is an International Baccalaureate World School, fully authorised by the International Baccalaureate to deliver the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes from Preschool to Grade 12. BIS is a Council of International Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredited, non-profit, college-preparatory school, and operates under Indonesian law.

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