What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Bali Island School held its annual Career Day on January 27th. Guest Speaker Rich Robinson spearheaded the day as keynote speaker with his visionary address, complemented by a number of 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 3 professionals joining us online to inspire our secondary students and share about their fascinating journey in a wide variety of disciplines. 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.” Noortje Janssen- BIS K-12 Counsellor. 

Rich Robinson, one of our BIS parents, 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/Tourism Industry, Sustainability/Environmental, Information Technology, Arts and Design, Communications/Journalism, Economics/Business, Medical, Law/Diplomacy. 

List of speakers:

Hospitality and Tourism

  1. Rina Mariani – General Manager of Andaz Bali
  2. Dwi Noer Kumalasari- Director of Sales and Marketing at Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta
  3. Jan von Rosenstiel- Entrepreneur in Tourism Industry

Sustainability and Environmental

  1. Melati Wijsen- Founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags & YOUTHTOPIA
  2. Himlal Baral-Senior Scientist, Climate Change, Energy and Low Carbon Development, CIFOR-ICRAF
  3. IGN Andri Saputra – Principal Architect Lumbung Architect Bali

Information Technology

  1. Rich Robinson – Entrepreneur, Professor & Investor focused on tech entrepreneurship in China/Asia for
  2. Adam Sundqvist – Senior Creative Producer at Spotify
  3. Aquardes J Pakpahan – Co-Founder at Bali Motion Media


  1. Ida Bagus Ratu Antoni Putra S.Sn M.Sn, Illustrator
  2. Dewa Gede Raka Jana Nuraga – Illustrator / CEO and Owner of HNS Studio Bali
  3. I Putu Bonuz Sudiana – Visual Artist and Owner Batu 8 Studio


  1. Mila Shwaiko –  Co-Founder Elami & Co Ubud
  2. Edward Speirs- Managing Editor of NOW!
  3. Karlie Cummins-Founder & Managing Director of PT Bali Buddies Media

Economics and Business

  1. Ayu Linggih -Creative Director of Rosalie Cheese
  2. Janet DeNeefe -Founder & Director Ubud Writers & Readers Festival
  3. Kim Timmers- first woman PADI Course Director around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida


  1. Komang Ayu Witarini Sp.A(K)- pediatric allergy and immunology consultant in University of Udayana Hospital
  2. Aditya Permana, Sp.KK- Dermatologist
  3. Deepika Mulchandani (MSocSc, CMSAC)- registered body-based psychotherapist, relationship and trauma therapist

Diplomacy and Law

  1. Eleanor Daly- Australian Consulate in Bali
  2. Captain Gerard van Heerwaarde- Military policeman

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.