HOW IT ALL STARTED
Previously known as The Apprenticeship Collective (TAC), the initiative started out as an idea on whiteboards in a classroom when many of us were still in school. Then, we had friends who were in their graduating years who deeply regretted their chosen course of study. However, they felt that it was too late to make a switch.
Many of them wished that they had a chance when they were younger to better understand what different professions and career pathways are really like (apart from what the advertisements and people around them claimed), and what they might find interesting to haul themselves out of bed everyday for.
So we thought - what if we could bring together a collective of volunteer professionals from diverse walks of life to help younger versions of us explore the world of work?
From the pioneer group of nine, TAC has grown into a collective of more than 150 volunteer professionals today, working together on our cause to help youths explore the world of work openly. To better embody and communicate this spirit of open exploration, TAC was re-branded in 2019 as The Astronauts Collective (still TAC).
We hope that one day, all youths would be like astronauts - courageous and open-minded in exploring the world of work, finding meaning and purpose in what they do for a living.