Designing for a 100-Year Life

Course Reference No:
TGS-2021004323  (Classroom Learning)
TGS-2021004351  (Synchronous e-Learning)


Course Objectives

‘Designing for a 100-year life’ course is meant for people who are facing major work life transitions, to help them stay relevant in this rapidly changing world. The course applies design thinking principles to managing work life transitions at major transition points such as

a. from student life to a work environment
b. for mid-career PMETs looking to stay relevant at work or looking to switch careers/industries
c. for those retiring in near future or recently retired (voluntarily or involuntarily)

This course aims to:

  • Understand the evolving trends & issues in future of jobs/future of work globally & in Asia/Singapore
  • Learn about the new world order, geopolitical changes & impact of these & technology/automation on jobs
  • Learn about a toolkit that applies design thinking principles to life at various work life transition points & uses prototyping
  • Learn about dysfunctional beliefs at work & ‘reframing’ technique to learn how to consider circumstances from other angles, problem solve, & manage the personal & professional lives
  • Learn to lead self for a 100-year life in the era on human longevity
  • Learn how to connect the dots by factoring in the evolving trends in jobs, work, & remote work; what motivates & drains you; & what is needed for your own personal effectiveness. With this understanding, build your personalized Alt-Lyf/Odyssey Plans for the future to explore various possible versions of your lives & see which ones you want to prototype/live into
  • Learn how use this knowledge to influence your career choices/start-up business ideas
  • Understand the importance of Networking & create a Collaborative Community to test out the plans & derive actionable insights for making your Plan of choice a reality
  • Learn about the practice of optimism & happiness
  • Learn how to manage setbacks & building resilience & failure immunity when things do not go as plan

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to connect the dots by factoring in the evolving trends in jobs, work, & remote work; what motivates & drains you; & what is needed for your own personal effectiveness
  • With this understanding, build your personalized Alt-Lyf/Odyssey Plans for the future to explore various possible versions of your lives & see which ones you want to prototype/live into
  • Use this knowledge to influence your career choices/start-up business ideas
  • Create a Collaborative Networking Community to test out the plans & for future collaborations


  • The new global order: Explore how the world is changing taking into account the emerging global trends in future of work and future of jobs, changing global geo-political order, automation and technology, and emphasising on the implications of these trends for both Asia and Singapore

  • The 100-Year Life: Learn about the unprecedented demographic and societal changes globally and technological advances in area of human longevity. Learn about changing population demographics in Singapore and its implications on life course decisions to shape your health and wellness.

  • Manage your career: Learn about current issues and developments in the changing landscape of jobs and work, how it is likely to evolve, and how it could influence your career choices or provide business ideas.

  • Understand self: understand your own skills and strengths using a toolkit that applies design thinking principles to managing life so as to empower younger workers and older adults with life skills and tools to adapt and stay relevant in a rapidly evolving work landscape.

  • Connect the dots:  Do exercises using the toolkit to understand oneself, and link it to the changing world, evolving trends in jobs, and identify pathways to multiple career options (Alt-Lyf/Odyssey plans) using prototyping, networking and other tools.

  • Learn to manage work when things are overwhelming, and to manage setbacks; develop life skills such as resilience and failure immunity.


Minimally a Diploma


Participants will be required to log into LumiNUS to assess the course material. Participants attending the course on-campus will be required to bring a Laptop. Participants attending the course online will be required to use Zoom.

Who Should Attend

Anyone at major work-life transition points.

  • Entering work life (about to graduate or graduated in last 1-3 years)
  • Work life to retirement (already retired or likely to retire in 3-5 years)
  • Mid-career employees/PMETs looking to stay relevant

Part of retrenchment schemes and looking for alternate careers

Mode of Training

On-campus or Online (Live)


Abhi Patwardhan


Abhi Patwardhan is the founder and CEO of Alt-Lyf, a social enterprise in Singapore that enables individuals of all ages to prototype their alternate lives using workshops, online training, coaching and Alt-Lyf Labs. He is a certified "Designing Your Life" coach, a program offered by Stanford Life Design Labs.

Prior to that, Abhi’s corporate career included over two decades in the technology sector and consumer goods companies in senior leadership roles across Asia-Pacific. This included roles in Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Heinz, Schlumberger, and Marico Industries. He also founded a 3D printing services company and an app for dog owners in Singapore.

In 2016, Abhi moved to Silicon Valley for two years at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) Fellows program. He was inspired by the three pillars of the DCI program - Purpose, Community and Lifelong learning - to set up Alt-Lyf after returning to Singapore in 2019.

He serves as a Trustee on the Board of Waterways Watch Society, an NGO in Singapore, and as a Board Advisor to Shikshanjali, an EduTech non-profit in India.

His interests include sailing, travel, overland trips, golf, writing and everything dog. He also mentors start-ups in building their business models and Go-to-Market plans.

He is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA from IIM, Bangalore. Abhi has made Singapore his home and has been living here with his family since 1998.






Choy Siew Kai has over 30 years of experience in investment management. He retired   from Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC Private Limited, as Managing Director after 20 years of service. At GIC, he was also a member of the Corporate Management Committee and Group Risk Committee. He held key leadership positions in Equities, Risk & Performance Management, enterprise Data & Analytics, Governance and GIC Innovation Labs.

In 2019, Siew Kai moved to Silicon Valley for a year at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) Fellows program.

He is a board director of a large cap (>US$10bn) US public listed company and an independent investor and/or advisor to listed and private companies across Banking, Fintech, Regtech and DeepTech located in Singapore, United States, United Kingdom and Europe.  He has a deep interest on the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution (especially cyber-physical/bio/social systems) on industries, business models and jobs.

He has a long-time commitment to serving in church and community organisations at the national and local levels and is on the Board of management of St. Andrew’s Mission Hospital and the Management Committee of St. Andrew’s Nursing Home.

Siew Kai holds a BSc in Computer Science and Management Science (joint honours) and has attended The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program for Senior Executives.






4 Days
9.00am to 5.30pm


National University of Singapore
University Town

International Participants


Incl. GST

Singapore Citizens
(39 yrs old or younger) 


Singapore PRs


Incl. GST

Singapore Citizens 
(40 yrs or older)


Incl. GST

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs


Incl. GST

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Fees & Funding

Singapore Citizen1
39 years old or younger
Singapore Citizen1
40 years or older eligible for MCES2
Singapore PRs Enhanced Training
Support for SMEs3
Full Programme Fee S$3,400.00 S$3,400.00 S$3,400.00 S$3,400.00 S$3,400.00
SSG Funding
(Refer to Funding Page for Claim Period)
- (S$2,380.00) (S$2,380.00) (S$2,380.00) (S$2,380.00)
Nett Programme Fee S$3,400.00 S$1,020.00 S$1,020.00 S$1,020.00 S$1,020.00
7% GST on Nett
Programme Fee
S$238.00 S$71.40 S$71.40 S$71.40 S$71.40
Total Nett Programme
Fee Payable, Incl. GST
S$3,638.00 S$1,091.40 S$1,091.40 S$1,091.40 S$1,091.40
Less Additional Funding if Eligible Under Various Scheme - - (S$680.00) - (S$680.00)
Total Nett Programme Fee, Incl. GST,
after additional funding from the various funding schemes
S$3,638.00 S$1,091.40 S$411.40 S$1,091.40

Learners must fulfill at least 75% attendance and pass all assessment components, to be eligible for SSG funding.

  1. All self-sponsored Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit to pay for the programme. Visit to select the programme. 
  2. Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) - Singaporeans aged 40 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the programme fee. 
  3. Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) - SME-sponsored employees (Singaporean Citizens and PRs) may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the programme fee. Click Here for more information. 
  4. Eligible organisations (excluding government entities) may apply for the absentee payroll funding for Singaporean/permanent resident participants attending the programme during working hours. The absentee payroll funding is computed at 80% of hourly basic salary capped at $4.50 per hour or $7.50 per hour for SME. For more information, visit Enterprise Portal for Jobs & Skills
  5. Eligible individuals may apply for training allowance capped at $6/hr under the WSS scheme, visit- WSG for more information..
  6. NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) – All self-employed (i.e. freelancers and sole-proprietors-with-no-employee) Singaporeans and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply for the NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) from NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i). Click here for more information.
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27 July 2021