The team

Alvin Kan

Alvin Kan

"I'm an internet evangelist and I help organisations to adopt internet solutions to transform their businesses and achieve success. Having been a social recruiting consultant to multiple employers, I feel passionate in helping students and young professionals find their dream jobs on the other end. Besides delivering career-related talks, I hope that my contributions to 17wakinghours site will provide even more insights to help you make meaningful career decisions."

Connections:

Linkedin


David Teo

David Teo

"I'm a storyteller. I do that through photography, my designs and conceptualisations at my creative company, and through the tangible products produced at my printing company. My own career story has been an interesting one with twists and turns: I started out as school teacher before deciding to take the plunge into entrepreneurship and follow my passions."

Connections:

Linkedin / David Teo Photography / Epiphanies Creatives / Printing Lads / Odthoughts (Blog) / The Infrequent Traveller (Travel Blog)


Abdillah Zamzuri

Abdillah Zamzuri

"I'm not your conventional Singaporean. Often described as the one who follows his dreams, I began working right after my GCE 'O' Levels, exploring different areas of the job industry, including a stint as a cleaner. 

Today, I juggle my passion for training, education, performing arts as well as youth leadership and development through my companies, By Definition Pte Ltd and Singa-sports Academy. During my free time, I travel, volunteer as well as organise and host events."

Connections:

Linkedin / By Definition Pte Ltd / Singa-sports Academy / Abdillah Zamzuri (Blog)


Jeanne Lee

Jeanne Lee

“I love making an impact- impact that will help people live better lives. With an insatiable passion for learning, I am always interested to learn more from every encounter and hope that I can translate this passion to tangible outcomes for you. In my years of working for others, I’ve had the opportunity to experience advertising and commercial productions, as well as the business of anti-money laundering and anti-corruption. My wish is that with 17 waking hours, you will be able to make the best choice possible for your career.”

Connections:

Linkedin / Basemission


The name

Our initial name was something like SGcareerblog or something like that; that didn't fly well with many of us. And since our motivation was to give undergrads (especially business ones) alternatives to banks, the next best name we had was Out Of Banks, which was a pun for well, thinking out of banks, and thinking out of the banks of one's mind. We had nothing against banks; we just wanted undergrads to consider beyond the known. Furthermore, there are really many other work out there worth doing. 

17 Waking Hours came about as a fluke as we were thinking about the motivation behind this project, and we soon realised that we weren't really interested in helping people find the perfect job; there's no such thing. Instead we want to bring attention to the idea that we all have a fixed amount of time - that's the inherent fairness of life - and how we use it, matters. Suddenly a job ceases to be a job; instead it's a natural part of the 17 hours we are responsible for. 

A last note is that everyone sleeps a different amount of time, and while lesser sleep equates to more waking hours, it's hardly recommended because sooner or later, your mind and body is going to collapse. No. We are here for the long haul. So sleep well, and work hard. 


17 Waking Hours Logo (Symbol only)

The logo

The circle pays homage to the one device keeping all of us on time: the humble round-faced alarm clock. 

The black expense below is 7 parts of 24 of the circle, representing the time we spend sleeping, and hence unconscious. Black. 

The blue part represents day time and while the sky might be gloomy or menacing, we just need to remember that it will always be blue. Someday. 

The 17 is an obvious reference to our name, but the font, inspired by yet another time-keeping device: the digital alarm clock.