NTU students to get career skills boost

NTU students to get career skills boost
Philanthropist Margaret Lien has donated $12 million for the building of a career development centre at NTU.

SINGAPORE - Students of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will get a leg up when they enter the job market, thanks to a new programme that will arm them with career skills and values.

The programme is mandatory, with 10 modules that will cover such topics as resume design and dressing for interviews.

It will be conducted over the four years of their study and was made possible partly by a $12 million donation from philanthropist Margaret Lien, widow of the late banker and hotelier Lien Ying Chow.

Her donation, plus government funds, went into the building of a $30 million career development centre, to be called the Margaret Lien Centre for Professional Success.

Said NTU's Associate Provost for undergraduate education Kam Chan Hin in a statement: "We'll begin working with students from their first year so they will be well prepared for the challenges of a dynamic global workplace."

The structured curriculum is a departure from the ad-hoc programmes offered previously.

What it covers is crucial as "first impression is very important", said managing director David Leong of human resource firm PeopleWorldwide Consulting.

First-year engineering students will kickstart the programme next August as they belong to the largest of five colleges, with six schools. About 10,000 of them are expected to attend it by 2017, after which the programme will be rolled out at the other colleges.

NTU has five colleges, including Humanities, Business and Science.

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